As I’ve said before, I’m a massive fan of the Sleepyhead, and we’ve used it for Joseph since the day we got back from hospital. I swear it was a combination of that and Ewan the Dream Sheep that made him sleep so well the first few months.
We have used both the Deluxe and Grande Sleepyheads, which we were lucky enough to borrow from family. However, with Joseph’s first day at nursery looming, I knew we were going to have to get rid of the Sleepyhead or he wouldn’t sleep at nursery at all! Plus he had started to sleep on his tummy in it which I know is technically OK, but I didn’t feel great about it. I felt a bit bad about getting rid of it and still do, as it looks so comfy, plus he’d started to hug the sides which was really cute. But it had to go.
About a month ago I tried to put Joseph down for a nap without the Sleepyhead but he created World War III, thrashing about the cot, hitting his head off the bars and just screaming his head off. I ended up having to take him out for a walk just to get him to sleep. So I was a bit apprehensive about getting rid of the thing for good!
Last week after Joseph had come out of another bout of teething I decided the day it was going to happen and on his afternoon nap I took it away. I’d read of people weaning their babies off of their Sleepyhead Deluxe by putting the bumper under the sheet and moving it further and further away gradually, but as the Grande fills the entire cot, I had no other option other than to take it away cold turkey. So, nap time came and World War III happened again, even worse than the time before. He cried so much his tears soaked the sheet! Even when I put the Sleepyhead back in the cot he was so worked up he just refused to sleep.
I was in absolute despair, thinking that this was what he’d be like at nursery, and I was annoyed at myself for letting him become so dependant on it. I did a lot of reading online, unfortunately couldn’t find much mention of babies being weaned off of Sleepyhead Grandes, but I did read that someone put up breathable cot bumpers to block out the room. The Grande has such high sides that I guess he was used to not seeing any of the room, so it was overstimulating him when I took it away. I ordered these bumpers from Amazon, and the following day fitted them to the cot and took the Sleepyhead away again.
Nap time came the next day and, again he kicked off. But it wasn’t nearly as bad as the day before, and the bumper did seem to calm him down, even though he was crying it wasn’t nearly as hysterical as it had been before. After nearly an hour of going in to him, picking him up, cuddling him until he calmed down and then putting him down again and leaving the room, he FINALLY went to sleep and stayed that way for 2 hours! I couldn’t believe it when silence descended on the house, and I had to take a peek!
The next couple of days he slept OK, but it took a while for him to get used to the space in the cot and realise that when he shuffles his way to the top of the cot he has to roll back the other way. Now, a week later I’m pleased to say the Sleepyhead is no more, which hopefully should mean he has more chance of sleeping well at nursery. I’m pretty sure the success has been down to the bumpers and sheer perseverance!
I have noticed in the past week he is beginning to show signs of crawling and is rolling about a lot more now – I’m not sure if that has anything to do with the Sleepyhead not hindering his movement anymore, or if he was just ready for it anyway, but I’m glad it’s gone now, even if it did feel a little sad seeing him looking so grown up in his big empty cot!