Happy belated Fourth of July, Americans! Yesterday was Miss Beanie’s first fireworks, although she was sitting comfortably in her swing the entire time. My Husband and I, however, saw the amazing display from the privacy of our backyard. (Perks of living next to the field where they shoot them off!) The show was wonderful. The mosquito bites on my feet and legs... not so much. I swear having O- blood causes them to swarm. I guess being a rare blood type makes you a Mosquito delicacy. We spent the better part of our morning at the beach where our eldest had a BLAST (and proceeded to take a three hour nap when we got home). Our Fourth was great, and I hope yours was, as well.
Now to the moment you’ve all been waiting for: Sleepy time. I was anticipating some sleep issues with the fireworks being as close to our house as humanly possible, so when she was awake until 11:30pm I was ready. I was not ready for the struggle to get her to relax enough to sleep well. I laid her in the box, swaddled and comfortable, at 11:30pm and it was immediate crying and upset. I pulled her into bed with me after fifteen minutes of screeching and she would not get comfortable with me, either. Lying flat was just not happening no matter how hard we tried. I had her swaddled, un-swaddled, rubbing her belly, singing to her, everything. She was agitated from the fireworks and she just wanted to be rocked consistently so… back to the swing. This was not the box’s fault by any means, although I will have to give this night a lower score because she did not sleep in the box, except for her nap earlier in the day. Naptime was perfectly fine, though. No issues and she slept in her box alone in my bedroom for two and a half hours.
So far the number one thing I love about the box is its portability and its lightweight construction. I can use it anywhere without hesitation and it’s a perfect travel bed, in my opinion. You can use the box to store all of baby’s things for the night (including the diaper bag!) without any problems, and bonus points because baby will be so used to box sleeping that there should be no issues sleeping outside of their home environment. The box will feel like home, smell like home, and it will provide consistency with the sleeping arrangement no matter where you are. We put baby in the box in the living room, our bedroom, on the deck while we’ve been outside, the kitchen while we’ve cooked dinner, and even in the bathroom while I’ve showered. She has no problems in her box during the day. Also, it is a great place to lay gassy babies on their tummies where you can be close to them and they can be safe doing so. (NOTE: Do not ever leave baby unattended while sleeping on their tummy, and never let them sleep on their tummy overnight. Back is best, and while Miss Elsie is extremely gassy and prefers tummy sleeping I refuse to let her tummy sleep more than an hour while I am closely monitoring her) The toot tally was well over 30 yesterday thanks to the BBCFBB. I could never say the same for her crib. Even a pack and play is more expensive, bulky, and heavy than a box.
Let us tally the scores for night five:
Night Five Score out of Ten: 3/10
(Remember, this is not necessarily the box’s fault, we just have to be consistent for the sake of science and beans did not sleep in the box overnight.)
While I do not have any box pictures for you from last night, have some Fourth of July pictures and just general Elsie pictures from the last couple of days to make up for it! Have a fantastic Tuesday, everyone! Go forth and spread the happy!
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