New to this forum and needing advice on this too!Hi there,
I'm new to this forum, but I love the Mothering magazines and was hoping to get involved in the online community.
My LO will be a year old in a couple of weeks. He has been breastfed on demand since birth, but in the last few months, I have been making sure that during the day at least, he waits at least 2-3 hours before getting milk again. He eats solids, but not a whole lot at each sitting. I do feed him solids at least three times a day though. No formula ever, and no cow's milk yet.
He's super active - took first steps at 9.5 months and really got it at 10.5 months. Now at 11.5 months, he's running. He's not very verbal yet - just babbling.
We've been bed-sharing since he was born too, and I thought it was great, because it let me get more sleep. But he still wakes up every 1.5 to 3 hours, nurses, and goes right back to sleep. But it's been almost a year of that and I'm tired! Lately, I have been trying to get him to go back to sleep without nursing, but he won't do it - he just gets more and more worked up, but as soon as I give him the boob, he goes right to sleep. I am wondering if in order to night ween, we have to transition him out of the bed? What's better to do first? He falls asleep pretty easily, but usually nursing. If I try to nurse a bit earlier in the night and get him to sleep without nursing, it takes close to an hour each time!
I have been lucky to be able to stay home with him and work from home so far, and that has been awesome, but it also means that he is quite mommy-centric. If DH tries to put him back to sleep at night, he screams for me and then immediately quiets down and goes to sleep when I am there. Soon, I am going to start working again (hopefully from home if I can find another job like that), and really want to get more sleep, and also transition him to a better night time routine before anything else changes for him.
His crib has been unused. I really don't want to do the CIO method. But I am starting to feel like I am doing him a disservice because he isn't learning how to self-soothe and put himself back to sleep.
Does anyone have any advice?