The Macs » Blog

his big boy bed

He has been right beside me ever since he was born. I like to keep my babies close…there is something comforting about being able to peek over and see my babies sleeping. But eventually they outgrow the bassinet and I have to let go and move them to their own room.
Cora and Levi both moved out of the bassinet and into their cribs around three months. They were both sleeping through the night by then and it was a pretty natural transition. 

But Mr. Griffin is just about four months and still no sleeping through the night for him. He’s not sleeping but he definitely is growing. We thought since he was head to toe in the bassinet that maybe it was time for his big boy bed. Maybe. 
We are on day three of sleeping in his crib. The first night was rough. I did a lot of stumbling back and forth between his room and my room with very sleepy eyes. 
But the next two nights went so much better. 
I think he is liking having a space of his own…even if that space isn’t quite finished. 🙂
And I can still peek in and check on him…I just have to walk a little further.
Griffin loves to be swaddled. He’s getting big enough now that he wiggles his little hands and feet out. I’m sure it won’t be long before he has outgrown the swaddling too. I am loving the aden + anais swaddle blankets with him. I was given some as a gift and they are the best! If you haven’t tried them you definitely need too. I have these and these from Target…and there are so many more cute prints!
  • TimandCeri - Do you know about bat wings? If he sleeps better in a swaddle try this. It was taught by the person actually mentioned in the description of the youtube video in a moms group class I went to 4 years ago. Kinda surprised to see it on youtube! Anyway if he is busting out, but sleeps better with it try it. I would do the bat wings, and then swaddle on top. We swaddled till he was about 7 or 8 months. (maybe longer) Such a sweet boy. You did way better than me I bought a mini crib to put next to our bed when he out grew the bassinet. Here is a link to the video.

  • L ~ S - We dragged the crib RIGHT next to our bed, so I can reach thru the slats and give him his pacifier and normally that buys me an hour or more of sleep. He was sleeping through on vacation, but can’t figure it out at home. It has been a tiring 2 weeks!ReplyCancel

  • Sarah @ This Farm Family's Life - You take so many great pictures! Your blog is definitely an inspiration to me. Thank you! We swaddled both our girls. Our oldest was swaddled until she was six months because she liked it so much.ReplyCancel

  • Bethany - That is simply precious! Love, love, love pictures of a sleeping baby. 🙂 You are so brave. I never moved mine out until they were around 7 months. I couldn’t handle the walking down the hall or missing the snuggles.ReplyCancel

  • Shannon - Sooo cute!

    I love my aden + anais swaddle blankets….on my top 5 baby things I can’t live withoutReplyCancel

  • Allison - He is adorable. We also love our aden+anais blankets. Hannah is almost 6 months old and still wants to be swaddled even though she gets out of it almost as soon as I am done swaddling her!ReplyCancel

  • Allison - @Ceri, thanks for sharing the batwings idea! I can’t wait to try it!ReplyCancel

  • Meggie - So, so precious. Love pictures of sleeping babies. I’ve never heard of the blankets but will definitely have to try them out the next time around. =) My little man (who is also 4 months) has graduated to a sleep sack. He didn’t last too long in the swaddle before he was ready to escape!ReplyCancel

  • jguyer - What an absolute sweetheart!!! LOVE reading your blog.

    I also want to mention we LOVED our Aden & Anais as well. Our youngest loved to be swaddled and she soon was able to escape the blankets. We moved on to the Swaddle Me velcro wraps and then on the the Halo Graduate. There is a both arm in, one arm out, and both arms out as they break of the swaddle. Now she is in a Summer Sleep Sack and an Aden & Anais sleep sack still at 14 months.

    Keep loving on those wonderful boys you have. I think of you often!ReplyCancel

  • Lexie Loo, Lily Boo, and Dylan Too! - That’s awesome that he still likes to be swaddled! Those pictures are so precious!ReplyCancel

  • The Buchanan Family - have you tried the burpy bibs-love them!ReplyCancel

  • Michelle - I could just eat him up with a spoon 😉ReplyCancel

  • Annie - I love the bumper in his crib! Where is it from? He is so darling! And I love love love those blankets too!ReplyCancel

  • Sarah - I got the same blankets at my shower for Mr. Colby… I love them!! The monkey one is one of my favorites, so cute. And they’re so easy to swaddle with.

    That bassinet is adorable & I love all the sweet pictures.
    Moving babies into their own rooms, is so hard… I’m not looking forward to it 🙁ReplyCancel

  • It's just Mommer - Nothing sweeter than a swaddled baby. Thank you for sharing your story and family.ReplyCancel

  • Karina - I can relate to keeping the baby close…I co-slept with all three of mine, the youngest until she was three. When she announced she was moving into her own room, it was bittersweet.

    Enjoy your beautiful baby…sleepless nights and all…ReplyCancel

  • Jennifer - Oh, the baby feet! Too precious!ReplyCancel

  • Rachel - Griffen is so so cute!ReplyCancel

  • Melissa - None of my three kids were good sleepers so I feel your pain, those nights are hard but he sure looks like a sweetie. Can’t wait to see his finished room, hint hint. Enjoy your weekend!ReplyCancel

  • Disney Freak - Liam will be 4 months old on Monday. He sleeps through the night if he is sleeping with me. If he’s in his crib, he’s awake within an hour or so. I can’t quite bring myself to force him to sleep in his crib yet….so back to bed he goes with me and sleeps all night. Unfortunately, he is outgrowing his co-sleeper and i will see have to bite the bullet and make him sleep in his crib. 🙁ReplyCancel

  • Mum2twopreciousgifts - Note to self. IF you decide to expand your family, I’ll send you a Target gift card next time. Gee they have much better stuff than Australian Target!

    I hope Griffin works out sleeping through the night and soon. I can’t imagine getting up in the middle of a very chilly winter tonight.

    Michelle xxxxReplyCancel

  • merlin - I wonder if moving your baby to his big boy bed has contributed to your tiredness. Transitions are hard for mothers too, letting one stage go, moving to the next can involve a bit of grieving, even though it is for a joyous reason.
    Saying an extra prayer for you, in this season of letting go, of remembering and letting go.ReplyCancel

  • Nicole - I was given those swaddling blankets too and still use them as regular blankets with my almost 2 yr old. They are so lightweight! And your Griffin is sooo precious…wow. Nothing like a sweet, sleeping baby. 🙂 My 3rd baby didn’t sleep thru the night for quite a while either and my first 2 did so I feel your pain. I am praying he sleeps thru really soon!ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - My son fell in love with his A&A blankets, when he grew out of the swaddle I cut them down in to 4 smaller pieces and sewed them up. He now sleeps with one every night and I dont have to worry about him getting caught up in it plus I can wash them often. I have now cut down at least 3 blankets so that I will always have one to comfort him in the car, in the crib, at school, when he sleeping it is always in his hand or near his face. 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Krystal - So, I was on Pinterest (So many of my sentences start like that recently!) and I’ve noticed some pics of you and Levi going around! lol One is you when you were pregnant holding up fingers for how far along you were. The other is Levi holding the chalkboard at his birthday (his 1st, I think).ReplyCancel

  • Danielle H. - Tatertots and jello blog has your cousins Valentine party on her sweet & sassy Valentine ideas post!!!ReplyCancel

  • VivalaVida - How cute!! Our son will be transitioning too into his own crib in a month or two! My oh my how they grow up fast!!ReplyCancel

  • Shelby Rice - Have you tried the miracle blanket? It’s seriously awesome for those little wigglers.

  • TimandCeri - FYI the batwing thing I think came from the idea of the miracle blanket with out the extra cost. You usually have extra blanktes…. 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Maria - My 2nd son loved to be swaddled too! We used Miracle blankets until he was 6 months!ReplyCancel

  • emily anderson - sweet, sweet pictures. i love a sleeping baby.ReplyCancel

  • Ginger - Hey Jess 🙂 We moved Ezra to his crib & it was a bit rough, too… so we actually set his bassinet (the moses basket part comes out) inside of his crib & that has helped a little. 🙂 He was done swaddling at 3mo (surprised me – Avery was swaddled for a LONG time). 🙂 My sister’s boy Jericho is 7wks younger than Ezra & has slept 10hrs the last 3 nights (& 9 for quite a few days before that). I smile and tell her that I’m happy for her… yet jealous 🙂 hope you get sleep soon!!ReplyCancel