Hello, It’s Me. I was wondering if after all this time you’d like to hear about my baby’s sleep…
You do? Cool! Here we go. As you might have guessed it’s Emily again, back to talk about the BBCFBB (Baby Box Company Finnish Baby Box) and Miss Elsie’s night two experience. Yesterday was a very interesting day for our experiment with the BBCFBB. Not only did we use it for bedtime, but we also attempted a nap. (see first attached picture) As I had thought, the difference in size between her crib and the baby box is astounding. I could fit two of these things inside of her one crib comfortably! (take note, twin parents) I changed up the variable for nap time and laid the box inside of her crib in my bedroom instead of in the living room where I was. Here was our naptime experience:
I laid Miss Beans down for a nap at exactly 12:45pm. I swaddled her like normal with the muslin blanket (still loving, 100/10) and she was sleepy, but awake. I was expecting her little eyes to drift but instead she stayed half asleep/half awake. This concerned me, but I left the room and cracked the door shut anyway. Elsie stayed content in her box/crib contraption until 1:20pm, longer than most crib “naps” last anyway. The only thing wrong was that she needed a diaper change. So I changed her and laid her back down. I’m assuming this was partially a failure on my part because she wasn’t sleepy when I laid her down the second time, so she was up screaming after another half an hour. Box nap was a partial fail because she was tired still and hadn’t slept a wink since I put her down. So we made our way back to the swing and she napped from 2pm to 3:40pm. We will continue to try naps in the box for the next five days, but day two has lost points for this complete failure to nap.
Now I want to talk about something else that has been a big thing for us, and why it is SO NICE that these boxes come with lids. Remember yesterday when I told you that we also have two fur children, cat and dog? Well, if any of you have cats that act like cats you understand the box/baby crib struggle. Simba, our cat, for both of my pregnancies claimed all baby furniture as his own. He would nap in the swing, bouncy chair, and crib. We tried EVERYTHING to keep him out, but nothing worked until we found the tin foil hack. (No joke. If your cat is anything like mine just put tin foil in everything you don’t want them in. They’ll learn, and you’ll laugh.) The fur monster also LOVES all things boxes. If there is a box, no matter what size, he will find it and he will invade it. I was worried when we brought home the BBCFBB that it would be the same situation, and I was correct. But instead of needing to put tin foil inside the box, I could just put the lid over it whenever baby wasn’t in it! Extra points, BBCFBB, for successful cat evasion.
I’m sure you’re all wondering how the big cheese went, bedtime. With naptime being a failure I was very worried that I would have to invest in extra caffeine this morning, and I was prepared for it. We decided to try and lay her down for bed unswaddled and she was NOT having it. After about fifteen minutes of trying to get her to sleep without a swaddle we decided to swaddle her and see if it helped, and it did! She went down for bed for the night at exactly 10pm (I’m very detail oriented in my scientific experiments, consistency is key here. Key.) and once again I was greeted with piggy snores and grunts after about two and a half minutes. I stayed up watching nail art tutorials until about 10:30pm and made my own way to the dream kingdom. Once again she woke up around 2:30am, (2:45 exactly) ate, and went back to sleep no issues at 3am. Elsie woke up for the day at 7am, rested and ready to party. This is turning out to be a very good week for the BBCFBB if it stays consistent like this. Good second night of back sleeping with no movement!
Let’s tally the scores now. While I’m still very much impressed with the nighttime sleeping arrangement, I’m very unimpressed with the nap situation. This does not please me. Boo naptime! Putting this into consideration I feel it is only necessary to deduct some points from night two. However, I will add a half a point for the cat evasion situation. That makes me very happy. I hate wasting tin foil and I don’t like it when my whole lot of furniture looks like we’re having a cookout on it. So putting all of the variables into consideration let’s add the points!
Naptime: -4 points
Bedtime: +6 points
Cat Evasion Capabilities: +.5 points
Night Two Score out of Ten: 6.5/10
Not bad, night two! Very hyped up for night three (and totally not because it’s Friday and therefore Daddy’s night to wake up with baby… No worries, though. He will continue the cycle of consistency and note taking. We are very scientific.) As expected, I will be gracing you with my posting again tomorrow. Go forth and spread the happy!
By Emily Giles
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