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Old 04-22-2013, 09:37 AM   #1
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How do I get my nursling to sleep in her crib?

DD is 7 mos old and we transitioned her from nighttime co-sleeping a couple of weeks ago by putting her down asleep. She takes about 1-2 hrs to nurse and be asleep enough to hand off to DH for the crib transfer. At first she cried in his arms and he had to try putting her down and picking her up and rocking her a few times before she transferred well but now it's a pretty quick hand off and she's still asleep when he puts her down. She wakes up with a wet diaper usually around 2 now and comes back to sleep with me until 6 when she's up to go potty. She then needs about a thirty minute nap again between 6:30 and 7. Her morning nap somewhere around 9:30, then another nap around 12:00, then late afternoon nap around 3 and bedtime around 6. Her naps are all about 45 min and with me holding her in my arms and nursing her.

I need her to nap in her crib so I can spend quality time with DS. Unfortunately she is such a light sleeper that I can't be in the same room with DS because his playing wakes her up and if I try to read to him she wakes up. I nurse her to sleep in her room in the dark and we play in there too in hopes she will have good associations with her room. But if I put her down awake to play in her crib for a few minutes during the day while I try to put her laundry away she freaks out even though she can see me and I'm talking to her. She's ok if she's on the floor next to me.

When DS was this age he wasn't nursing himself to sleep anymore he was looking at me and the room so I could work on transitioning him to the crib awake and we Ferbered him. DD nurses to sleep and keeps nursing for awhile in her sleep. Tried to hand her off to DH this weekend for naps like we do at bedtime but she woke right up in his arms and when he put her down she cried and just started rolling around in her crib wide awake and was so tired looking from not napping.

How do I get her to nap in her crib? Ideally I'd love to put her down for her naps in her crib but hold her for her noon nap to cuddle her since DS is still napping at the same time but will that give her mixed messages and make it hard to get her to nap in her crib? Is it all or nothing?

Id also love to get her down faster at night so I don't miss dinner with DH and DS and all of DS bath time and bedtime routine but I don't know what to do since she is nursing? She is so different from DS as a baby so I don't know is there an age that would work better?

She absolutely will not nap in the car no matter how long she's been up and she's hit or miss with napping in her carrier so I can't make it work that way. Please give me you recommendations!


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Old 04-22-2013, 12:56 PM   #2
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Re: How do I get my nursling to sleep in her crib?

Oh man! As a mom with a baby and a toddler who needs me too, I can imagine how tiresome it is to have to hold her through her naps and to take literally hours from family time to put her to sleep at night. I was never able to get my kids to lay down awake in their cribs and go to sleep at that age (DD2 is just starting to do this sometimes at 11 months), so I always nursed and rocked them to sleep. I think in your situation I would try to lay her down in her crib as soon as she is asleep. Nurse and rock her, but when she falls asleep and is just "dream feeding"/using you as a human pacifier unlatch her. Does she take a paci, maybe you can switch it out? You can rock her a few minutes more if the unlatching disturbs her, but try to lay her down when she settles. Try different DD2 will wake up every time if I lay her on her back or stomach so I have to lay her on her side. I also lay a heavy hand over her arm and bottom when I lay her down if she stirs.
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Old 04-22-2013, 01:08 PM   #3
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Re: How do I get my nursling to sleep in her crib?

You used Ferber with your son. Would you consider it with your daughter? Nurse her until she's done eating and just lay her in her crib and see what happens? If she doesn't take a pacifier at this point she probably won't take one at all which is not the end of the world. One less thing you'll have to worry about!
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