I'm trying something new with Dio's sleeping arrangements, and we'll see if it helps. We have two bedrooms downstairs: Zari's room has a queen bed and a twin mattress on the floor. She's been sleeping on the twin mattress for the past year. Because Dio has been waking up so much at night--often triggered by us coming in to go to bed around 11 pm--I decided to start him out in her room rather than in ours. So here's our new musical-beds routine:
Dio and Zari go to sleep around the same time, about 8 pm. First I get Dio down in his crib (in our room) while Eric gets Zari ready for bed: pajamas, potty, brush teeth, read books. Once Dio is sleeping, I come in and we say prayers together before I nurse and snuggle Zari. We switched her over to the queen bed and she doesn't seem to mind the change. We turn the lights off, we talk about what we did today, I tell her a few stories (recently it's been random dinosaur stories that I make up on the fly, involving "Zari the special pterodactyl"), and then I leave. She usually falls asleep on her own.
Dio usually wakes up once or twice soon after going to bed, so I use this opportunity to transfer him to Zari's room. He goes on the twin mattress with the baby monitor close by so I can hear his breathing. I find that I sleep much better when I can hear him breathing. Am I the only one who constantly checks to be sure their kids are breathing??
At some point in the middle of the night I'll bring Dio into our king-sized bed. Sometimes I'll leave him on the twin mattress after the first middle-of-the-night nursing (somewhere between midnight and 2 am), other times I'll bring him our bed the first time he wakes up.
I've done this for two nights so far. The first night was great, sleep-wise. The second night was so-so (mostly due to a constant cycle of wet diapers and restlessness). We'll see if this helps overall. It's really nice being able to go into our room and be able to turn the lights on and talk when we're going to bed.
As tempting as disposables sound, I'm just not interested in the extra cost, the environmental impact, or in how it might affect Dio's night-dryness over the long-term. I do want to look into other diaper options for nights--probably some kind of pocket diaper with a really good stay-dry liner so Dio won't wake up if he pees. Any suggestions?