From just a few days after she was born, H slept in a crib right next to my bed. With a dropped side it meant she could always sense me near her in the night. It was also a lot easier to get to her when she needed feeding overnight all the time; Waking up every 2.5 hours was slightly easier when I didn’t have to get out of bed for every feed!
But she is growing fast and recently it became apparent that she was running out of space. So I started her napping in her cot and then just over a week ago we moved her over for nighttime as well.
On the first night she went to sleep straight away and slept as well as normal. But I found it quite strange not having her right next to me. She was, and still is, only at the foot of our bed. But staring at the empty crib next to me made me quite sad. It felt like in a small way she was already moving one step away from me. Of course, she is but in a very necessary way that helps her to slowly become her own person! I’ll confess it took a few days to get used to, after which we packed up the crib and I got my bedside table back which was a silver lining to the whole affair.
One other success that has come with the cot move is that H has finally transitioned to using baby sleeping bags for all her naps and overnight sleeps (after the drama last time). With so much more space to move around in, she quickly pushed herself out of her blankets so facing in to the sleeping bag demon fast became necessary. Now she can move around all she likes but at least she won’t get cold!