I am a new mom with a beautiful 7 week old little girl. Since we got home from the hospital we have never been able to get her to sleep anywhere besides my chest. She cries if she is put down sleepy-but-awake, she cries if I put her down asleep and then she wakes up, so she has been sleeping on my chest all night long since about 1 week old. My DH and I are desperate now for a better night's sleep, and we are ready to transition her, but don't know if we should choose the crib or bassinet?
I am currently breastfeeding her and I feed her in her own room, so I tend to think it may be better to put her in her crib. Also, then I wouldn't have to transition her twice, since it would be right into the crib.
BUT... I worry that if I put her in her crib then I will sleep through her feeding cues and I will wake when she is screaming starving and a difficult child to feed. Putting her in the bassinet would eliminate this worry. I do have a very fancy video monitor, so maybe I would hear her, I just don't know how soundly I will sleep with her out of the room (maybe too soundly to hear her beginning little wimpers of hunger).
I would like to put her in the bassinet, but I am worried, that this will be very hard (on DH and I) since she will cry horribly for many nights before she is completely settled and comfortable in sleeping by herself. Also, then when she is too big, we will have to transition her out of the bassinet and into the crib.
Where ever I do end up putting her I do plan on sitting by her (for the first few nights and then moving the chair farther away every couple of nights) and gently patting her belly or rubbing her head and talking sweetly to her to get her to calm down.
The other thing is that she is only 7 weeks old, is this too early to try to get her to "tough it out" and sleep alone? I am planning on definitely feeding/changing her every 1.5 hours if she is crying that long (*godihopenot*), that way I know I am not starving/torturing the child if she is crying.
She currently usually has 1 long nap (3-5 hours) followed by being awake for a short time (30-60 minutes) and then another short nap (2-3 hours).
She also has gastric reflux so the doctor wants her vertical for 30 minutes after meals, which will be hard to put her down "while sleepy, yet awake." Usually she is conked out after the 30 minutes.