I may have mentioned this before, but whether I have or not, I'm going to mention it again. The Wife and I had a combined stroke of genius a couple of weeks ago, when we decided to move the Baby's crib out of the bedroom that she shares with both her older brother, the Boy, and her older sister, the Girl. The Baby was waking up and crying a lot at night, and we didn't want her to wake up her siblings, so we would always head right in to try to comfort her and get her to stop the wailing. The gnashing of teeth came from Mommy and Daddy because she was waking us up so much every night.
We have long been a fan of the "cry it out" method of parenting, in which the baby is allowed to cry by herself for increments of 5, 10, and 15 minutes at a time without Mommy or Daddy intervening. We would have liked to implement that method on the Baby, but with her being in with the other kids, we didn't want all three kids crying and whining in the middle of the night, so we never did it.
That is, until we put our genius caps on and decided to move her and her crib out of their bedroom. First we were going to move her downstairs into the only empty bedroom in the house. But, that's a long way from our bedroom, so we decided against it. Not that the Baby would even know, but more so that Mommy and Daddy wouldn't have to walk so far in the middle of the night. The family room was another option we considered, but that, too, is downstairs, and a long walk for us parents. We're not getting any younger, you know!
|The Baby's crib, right smack-dab in the middle of our living room. Needless to say, once she goes to bed at night, not much "living" happens in this room, as we are sequestered to other parts of the house. Babies are so demanding!|