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Old 01-16-2007, 10:53 PM   #1
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How have you mammas done this?? Baby will be a year in 4 days and still nurses to sleep EVERY time... how do you get DC to go to sleep on their own? And stay asleep??!?
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Heck if I know. We are still doing it nearly 18mo later.
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Old 01-16-2007, 11:01 PM   #3
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LOL I sent DH to put her to sleep, but so far no luck
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I'm there right now at 20 months! I do know that they will grow out of it, and will grow into sleeping through the night... eventually.

With DS 3-1/2, I still 'snuggle' him to sleep most nights, but he's a "big boy" now and sometimes will go to sleep on his own. So, that's where I'm going w/ DD 20mo too. the last few nights I have nursed her for a little while, I tell her one more minute, then unlatch. She crys and pouts, and stands up, and signs milk. But basically I just cuddle/pat her bottom and in a little bit she gives in and snuggles. I guess she figures it's better to snuggle Mommy then nothing!

Two nights now, and it's working. She's still crying, but not for long. I think she "gets it" a little. And that's one up side to this age. She understands when I say 'one more minute'. I know other Moms who have done something similar by limiting nursing to daylight hours.

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lol. . I was hoping to get some great advice on this topic becuase I will soon be in this same boat.. lol and basically there is no end in sight lol..
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while I am sleepy everyday b/ cof cosleeping and NTS, the nights when I put her to sleep in her crib, I feel empty and cant fall asleep that well... I feel comfy w/ her w/ me... DH is the one pushing it, and I feel when she understands more about rules and things, she will go to sleep fine... you cant understand a one year old to go to sleep on her own after being nursed her whole life...she wont understand why you are doing this to her... but with an older child, they are better able to understnad what older babies do... KWIM???
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Re: Breaking nurse to sleep habits

My ds is almost 18 months and still nurses to sleep all the time. My dh gets frustrated when I am gone at bedtime (which isn't much) that he can't put him to sleep and comfort him.....we are going to start a transition into his own room, but I will still nurse him to sleep there and he can get up and sleep with us whenever he wants.....I have told dh we can try and see how it goes but I will NOT make him sleep there and I plan to nurse him to sleep until he can put himself to sleep or better understand that he doesn't "need" to nurse to go to sleep....so I'd guess around 2ish??

It's hard to be the only one to be able to put dc to sleep but I think my ds still needs the nursing to sleep part so to me it's worth it!
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Old 01-17-2007, 02:01 PM   #9
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Re: Breaking nurse to sleep habits

david took 2.5yrs so you got more time
itried not doing it before but his cries were tormenting me, i just gave in.
older he gets its easier though. it took 5 days for crying and moaning (cries werent that bad though) and it finally worked. i was cuz my baby isnt my babe anymore but alas, i could sleep all night though. yeah it takes a while and a few cries so be prepare
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