When it came to nighttime, we broke all the rules.
Caroline was always a little fussy in the evenings, but eventually she would settle down and go back to sleep. She breathed best on her side and with the bassinet at about a 30 degree angle. We used blankets to prop up the mattress so that she was at a good angle, and rolled blankets beside her so that she couldn’t roll to her back or belly. As a newborn she liked to be swaddled in her sturdy fleece swaddle at night, but soon we transitioned to long sleeved footie pajamas at night instead. We’d then place a blanket over her to keep her warm.
I know that none of this is how you’re supposed to put an infant to bed, but it worked for Caroline so we went with it. We learned so much from her – she followed her own rules and as we learned what she needed, we adjusted. When you’re the mom of a baby with Trisomy 13, the parenting book has to be thrown out the window so that you can find creative ways to best support your child.
I would pull the bassinet up close to me, listen to Caroline breathe, and we would both drift to sleep.