Puppy Fluffer that was a great post
, thanks for the reference on James McKenna. I bookmarked to read a bit later, but from what I read so far it's very interesting.
DD is almost 8 months. When she was born I used to nurse her to sleep and sometimes doze off with her from the lack of sleep. I've never really been a napper, but I would enjoy just watching her sleep. I discovered that if she had enough sleep she was ok waking up alone, but if she woke up before she was fully rested she would get (and still does) get mad. I just find it really difficult to stay put
, I've always been kinda hyperactive.
I think I accidentally got dd used to be walked/rocked to sleep, Im not sure if it was the babywearing or one of those bad nights. I dont really mind doing, to be honest I kinda enjoy it. I sing to her as I walk her and she drifts to sleep in my arms, then I transfer her to the bed... she usually wakes, so I lay with her and nurse her. I do leave her alone, but come back at the first sign she's awake.
My only concern with our getting to sleep routine is that sometime after her first birthday I have to go back to work. I hate the idea, but our financial situation requires it and I dont know how will the transition be for us. How do I get her ready to be in daycare? How will she handle naps there? The whole thing stresses me out and makes me sad to think about it. It's just something I have to do. I dont know what steps to take to slowly change the routine. She has lately fallen asleep other ways. She fell asleep last night on me on the couch while me and DP listened to music. Today I went out and DP babysat and he said she took a 15 nap (not enough but at least something) on the couch, resting her head on his lap.