Will has been sleeping through the night (aside from when he is sick) since he was about 4.5/5 months old. He has been in his crib since 8 weeks old. Sleeping next to a newborn in my room was not for me. The sounds they make are the worst! Once we put him in his crib, we all slept better.
Even though he has been sleeping all night in his crib for a while, he absolutely refused to nap in there!
He would nap in his bouncy seat, his carseat (the best), or his stroller. He preferred an incline and would nap anywhere but his crib. When I would lay him in his crib during the day, he would act like I was locking him in jail. Not the fun “Orange is the New Black” kind of jail. More like Shawshank.
The problem was that his naps were getting shorter, and at the rate were we going, he was going to be 17 years old sleeping in a bouncy seat. My husband works home A LOT (sometimes this is great and sometimes I want to stab), which makes it difficult to train a screaming baby. I knew Will would cry when I wanted to train him to nap in his crib, and it would be difficult to work but, TOO BAD.
A few weeks ago I put him in his sleep sack, shades closed, sound machine on. The first day he screamed for 25 minutes and then took a 2.5 hour nap. In his crib! I could do whatever I wanted around the house without tiptoeing around his little seat. Each nap, the amount of cry time gets shorter, and now he hardly cries at all. Like everything else, it all depends on the day. Babies are the most unpredictable wackos.
TOTAL GAME CHANGER.
So nap away baby! Every minute a mom has to herself is like freaking gold.