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May 01, 2009


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We're just about to hit 11 months. Bub was a preemie, but I almost always go by his birthday instead of my due date. Anyway, we've been getting by with co-sleeping (both next to the bed, and in bed). Our bed's not getting any bigger, and I don't want to be slapped and kicked all summer long, so our transition into the crib in a separate room is not far away. We did consider doing this sooner, but it always seemed like he was in the middle of some event (i.e. teething, a cold, starting daycare), so we procrastinated and kept doing what was "working" for us. I'm glad I trusted my instincts and held off (I'm willing to admit there was a laziness aspect to it as well), we might have tried at an inopportune time. But now that he's entering a more resilient stage, we might just have to suck it up and go for it.

I just ordered your book from Amazon.ca and can't wait to read it. Our daughter is 8.5 months old and she is definitely starting to exhibit signs of this next developmental stage. She is currently "co-sleeping" with us in her side-carred crib. My husband and I were planning on moving her to her own room after I finished my MPH program in 2 weeks, but I get the sense from reading your other blog posts that we may not very successful in getting her to accept this change. I will be going back to medical school rotations in August when she will be 12 months old. I have June and July off from school. When would be the best time to transition her to her own room? Is 10 months ok? Is 11 months better? The problem is, we will be traveling in August so I don't want to "sleep train" her only to have it messed up a few weeks later. Any advice?

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