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Old 03-02-2013, 11:28 AM   #21
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When I'm home and available, I nurse baby to sleep. If I'm too busy, or not home, and baby is honestly not hungry, just tired, husband puts her to sleep.

This is baby #3 for us. I don't regret nursing my other babies to sleep. It was what they needed and what worked and continues to work for us. If it ain't broke, don't fix it!

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Old 03-02-2013, 08:55 PM   #22
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You ladies are all wonderful. Thank you all for your so supportive comments, it's nice to hear that there is life beyond sleep training and that your babies turned out ok no matter what routine you implemented. Xo
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Old 03-03-2013, 03:24 PM   #23
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Re: Nursing to sleep?

I have a 2 month old, and we nurse to sleep at night, but usually it's a mix of rocking to sleep for naps, or sleeping in the sling or moby for naps. Just depends on the day. So he gets a good variety of sleep associations for daytime But night, we just go with what works - bath, massage, pjs, sing a hymn, swaddle, and then nurse to sleep around 8:30ish. Eventually, we'll have to find some other ways to get him down at night, but right now, we love it
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Old 03-03-2013, 03:32 PM   #24
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Never nursed any of mine to sleep. We help our babies learn to fall asleep on their own from just a couple of weeks of age. Makes naptime and bedtime a breeze, with never an issue. Kiss, prayer, lay them down, and to sleep they put themselves. If they wake at night (rarely), they put themselves right back to sleep after just 3 months of age. No crying, no drama to get to sleep.
I wish it was this simple for me.
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Old 03-03-2013, 11:03 PM   #25
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Nursing my 3.5yo to sleep right now.
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Old 03-04-2013, 09:25 PM   #26
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Re: Nursing to sleep?

First of all, do whatever feels right to you. Nursing to sleep is a valid, good, natural feelig parenting choice that works for many many many mamas. Having said that...

I nursed my son to sleep for 18 months straight. By the end of it all, it is my single biggest parenting mistake I ever made. My son is 4 years old now and I am still suffering the consequences of that decision. Simply put, by nursing him to sleep every night I failed to teach him how to fall asleep without nursing. Which meant he couldn't sleep without me. Period. Ever.

No daddy, no grandma, no babysitters, no go back to sleep on his own if he wakes up a bit after rolling over on his sleep. Mom+Boob=Sleep and nothing else mattered

I couldn't stay up to watch a movie with my husband at night. I couldn't make a quick run to the store by myself for a few hours break. No girls nights, ever. And after he weaned? He still couldn't sleep without me. I spent a solid year sleepin on the floor holding his hand thru the crib rails (i refuse to let a young child just cry it out) before I could slowly start sleeping farther and farther from his bed. Another year of him refusing to go back to sleep without me so I was up and putting him back to bed every 1-2 hours. At 4 years old he still BEGS me to stay in the room with him until he crashes.

Whatever you decide to do, just make sure you understand the possible consequences.
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Old 03-05-2013, 08:18 AM   #27
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Ech child is very different to. My oldest co-slept till he was almost 6 yrs old, while my 4 yr old only slept on me in a chair till he was 15 months old. My 3 yr old hated cosleeping and slept in his crib between night feedings. You never know what you are going to get. I could go out and do stuff though with oldest. He was more concerned about being in my bed than me going to sleep with him. He knew I would come in eventually.
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Old 03-05-2013, 09:16 AM   #28
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I nurse my baby to sleep at night but wake him up slightly to put him to his bed. i rock baby to sleep in the day time and once he is drowsy, put him in his bed. It's not a problem to nurse a baby to sleep but its important to teach the baby how to fall back asleep by him or herself. Falling asleep is a learned skill my lo sleeps average of 7-9 hours straight during the night at 3 months. He would sometimes wake up at night but he knows how to soothe himself back to sleep now. Better sleep for both of us

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Old 03-06-2013, 11:59 PM   #29
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Better sleep for both of us
And in the end, isn't that every mamas main goal those first few months? No matter how we go about it ...

Ps. Every time you post I can't help but think how freaking adorable your little squish is in your avatar picture. I just love his big old checks! Too adorable
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My little one is doing the same and I love it! But am scared when she gets older, but theres great advice here! Thank you Camsmom13 for posting this and everyones experiences, I hope we have a easy transition.
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