The miracle of Chanukah is that one day’s worth of oil lit the menorah for eight days. But we may have witnessed a new Chanukah miracle this week: Levi napping in his crib. Perhaps it was because my visiting mother had the magic touch, or because we’ve crossed over some invisible threshold, but Levi was able to fall asleep in his crib on Monday for his morning and afternoon naps. He did it again on Tuesday. And Wednesday. Yesterday he fought his afternoon nap, so our nanny moved him back into his swing, but I’m hoping that was just a fluke!
Also miraculous, we found Levi sleeping contentedly on his stomach. So far he’s only slept in that position during his naps. For some reason, rolling over during the night still wakes him up. Baby steps…
You’ll notice in these photos that Levi is clutching his Little Giraffe blanky. I had serious reservations about letting him fall asleep with it, as I know that the American Academy of Pediatrics does not recommend you let your child sleep with soft objects until he is 12 months old. However, Levi is a very tactile kiddo. At night he grabs onto his fleece sleep sack, pulling it up to his chin. Since he doesn’t nap in his sack (so as to differentiate daytime naps from bedtime), we thought that the plushness of the blanky might be soothing–and it was. However, we were vigilant about monitoring Levi while he fell asleep to make sure that he did not cover his face with it, and once he was asleep, we removed the blanky from his crib. I still have some hesitations about it, and I may change my mind about letting him use it. But for now, it works.
When did you start letting your baby sleep with a lovey?