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Old 10-30-2011, 10:08 PM   #21
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Originally Posted by NoAh*sMomma
Help! My 5 month old will only fall asleep if I nurse him. How can i teach him to fall asleep in other ways and with other people? He won't take a pacifier!
I agree it's normal to nurse to sleep and I also choose/chose to do so with all my kids.
However you can try other things if you wish. For my kids, the best thing other than nursing to sleep is being walked/carried in a baby carrier (usually babyhawk) or in arms. All 3 of my boys would prefer to nurse to sleep but could do the carrier/in-arms for daddy, grandma, even myself- although sometimes if I am there only nursing is good enough.
Only my second kid took a paci. He would need both that and to be walked. It's not like you could just pop aspaci in his mouth and he would lie down and sleep.
Oh, stroller walks or car rides also worked sometimes.
After weaning, my oldest two still needed mommy or daddy to snuggle them to sleep at night for quite a while. My 5 year son doesn't "need" it but does like it. My 3 year (almost 3.5) usually settles down much faster if someone lays with him.
Other parents might choose to try to break their baby from the nursing = sleeping thing. I know many families (IRL) who prefer to do that, but for me, I feel that nursing to sleep is normal and natural. Since it's usually not a problem with our lifestyle I didn't want to "fight" it.

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