My DD2 (13 months) has aways been a crappy sleeper. She's just now getting to the point to where I can put her to bed and count on her sleeping 90 minutes (just barely long enough for me to put away some toys and take a shower), maybe 2-3 hours on a GREAT night. I always have to nurse her to sleep. She gets mad if DH tries to put her to sleep.
Our sitter during the day has, by some miracle, gotten DD to go to sleep in the Pack-n-Play, which is in our computer room, with NO crying. The first day, DD yelled a few times, our sitter poked her head in and said it was time to take a nap. She laid down and went to sleep!
Anyway, long story short. We tried this twice this week when she was trying to play with me instead of nurse to sleep. DH was in the room, on the computer, and she was totally fine. Just laid down and went to sleep. (I think if she were alone in the room, she would have gotten quite upset) She slept from 7:45-1:30AM!!! And the next night she slept until 3:50AM! She has never done that before. Last night she coslept with me and woke up every hour.
So, anyway, this is my question: I think we'll all feel better if we get some decent blocks of sleep at night (I've suspected for a while that she would be less whiny and cranky during the day if she slept more). But I feel like the pack-and-play is similar to sleeping on the floor in terms of comfortablility. She has a pillow pet in there (so basically a pillow) and a little blanket (I know from sleeping with her that she's safe with these two things.
DH suggested folding up an old comforter for her to lay on, but that's not safe in my opinion.
I don't think she would stay in a floor bed and we don't have a crib (or the space for it or the money for it).
Or is it really not that bad to sleep in a pack-n-play?