Ok, I have been waiting to share this post because I didn’t want to jinx what’s been going on at our house.
Garrity has been sleeping through the night. In her crib. In her own room.
Eeek. My baby is growing up.
Ever since she was born she has been in our room in her Rock & Play which we started her in because of her reflux but then kept her in it because she was happy and was sleeping almost through the night (one wake-up to feed around 3am). We even rented a RNP in Maui. We tried moving her into a Pack & Play (still in our room) when we got back to get used to the flat bed but it didn’t go so well. She was teething and fussy with the all transition so we gave up. But after 4th of July when she slept in the PNP at the beach for 3 nights we decided to just go cold turkey and put her in the crib. We were all prepared for some rough nights but cross your fingers and knock on wood, it hasn’t happened yet. For the past 3 weeks she’s gone down easily at 8 and slept to 5 or 6, waking up to eat and then going back to bed for a bit. I, on the other hand, have been a nervous wreck. Checking the monitor all night long and not getting any sleep.
I definitely miss having my little girl next to me all night long but I know it’s for the best so I’m trying to get used to it. I still hate the fact that she’s on the other side of the house but I do feel a little better knowing she’s sleeping on a great mattress. When I was preggo, a good mattress was one of the things I obsessed about. Like majorly obsessed. Reading review after review and even subscribing to Consumer Reports just so I could get their take on it. I had a lot of friends who just said get a reasonably priced mattress but I just couldn’t do that. My daughter was going to be sleeping on this thing for quite a while and I just didn’t want chemicals that close to her. So after hours of online research and multiple in-store trips we went with the Naturepedic MC22: Organic Cotton Classic 150 Coil Seamless.
I was sold on Naturepedic because all of their mattresses are:
- CERTIFIED ORGANIC – by OTCO to the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS)
- GREENGUARD® CERTIFIED – Regularly tested for chemical emissions
- Designed to be free of harmful chemicals and allergens
- Designed to meet CPSC firmness recommendations and fit snugly in U.S. standard size cribs
- Feature strong edge support for use in toddler beds
- Are proudly Made in the USA with a Limited Lifetime Warranty
Her particular mattress is also made from organic cotton waterproof fabric with an organic cotton filling. It’s free of latex and wool and there is a built-in bed bug/dust-mist barrier. And…the absolute biggest thing for me in a mattress is that it passes all federal and state flammability standards without the use of any fire retardant chemicals or flame retardant barriers!! I knew I wanted coil over foam for more stability and I didn’t get a dual sided mattress (firmer for infants, softer for toddlers) because I didn’t know how long Garrity would be in the crib and figured this mattress would work no matter how long she was in there.
Along with my mattress I purchased the Naturepedic flat, waterproof protector pad. My best friend swears by the trick where you layer sheets and waterproof pads to avoid having to change things in the middle of the night and while she said get any waterproof protector, I wanted Naturepedic. I’d researched and heard so many good things about their brand and I just didn’t want any random fabric that close to my baby’s head.
So still preggo, I set up the crib. I put the flat mattress protector on the mattress followed by sheet #1, Then I tossed on the fitted mattress protector and then sheet #2.
And the bed looked so cozy. But no matter how often we tried getting Garrity in their for naps she wouldn’t have it. That poor, beautiful, safe bed stayed empty. Until 3 weeks ago! I still can’t get her to nap in there but she doesn’t really nap anywhere so I’m not going to fight it. I figure she’ll nap there when she’s ready.
As far as her bedtime routine – we give her a bath around 7:30 then put her jammies on and Chris reads her a story. After that I nurse her in the rocking chair and then put her in her crib. Most of the time she falls asleep when I nurse her and I’ve read all sorts of books about how she needs to go to bed awake to teach herself to sleep and maybe that’s why we can’t get her to nap in there…but whatever. Right now, I nurse my baby to sleep. Oh well. It’s what works for us. I come back to her room around 11 and dream nurse her (nurse her while she’s still asleep) and if she actually eats then I can usually count on her making it all the way to 5-6 before she wakes up to eat again. If she doesn’t eat well during the dream feed then she usually wakes up around 3 to eat and then goes right back to sleep.
So here’s hoping this new sleep routine stays put. I go back to work next week so we’ll see what happens. All in all, I am so glad I spent so much time obsessively researching mattresses and even though I still miss having my little girl right next to me in bed, I feel so much better knowing she’s not breathing in any crazy chemicals or sketchy materials.
And because the folks at Naturepedic are so awesome, they are letting me give away the same mattress I have and your choice of either a fitted or flat mattress protector. How cool is that??
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FYI I paid for the mattress and the flat sheet on my own. Naturepedic offered me a flat sheet to review. As always, all opinions on this blog are my own.