DD started sleeping through the night when she was about 4 months old, sleeping in a car seat next to the bed in our bedroom. Since then, I’ve had to start sleeping on the floor next to her in her nursery (long story), and now, at 7 months, she’s started waking up many, many times (like, ten) through the night wanting her pacifier put back in. I wake up exhausted (and I think she is too).
I think I’ve propagated this problem—she stirs or wakes up, I pop her paci in when I’m mostly asleep, and now she needs to have it in her mouth to sleep or go back to sleep and wakes up entirely if she doesn’t have it.
The question is, how do I undo this? Is having her cry it out the only option? If so, how would I go about it? (Do I need to start out letting her cry for 3 minutes one day, 5 the next, etc., or do I do it every time she wakes up?) Suggestions would be most appreciated—we need some solid sleep.