For those of you who have nursed your babies to sleep for naps and at night, did they just outgrow it with age, or did you have to use some type of technique to wean them off of that method so that they could learn how to put themselves to sleep?
I've found that the no-fail way to get my son to sleep in a painless (no tears) way is to nurse him while walking with him and singing/humming. He is able to fall asleep when we're out in public in the stroller or in the Ergo if we give him a pacifier and sing to him as well. At times, my mother and my husband have been able to just walk with him while he fusses a bit until he will pass out. But generally, this is what works, and my son has been known to pitch a little fit if I am nearby and someone else tries to put him to sleep (even if he can't see me). At night, we co-sleep part of the night after he does his first initial stretch or two, since he wakes up wanting to nurse.
He is almost 6 months and I'm a little nervous for the future- I dont want to stop this way of putting him to sleep because it works so well for him and I feel at ease knowing that he is typically falling to sleep in a way that is not stressful for him. But, I just worry a bit about how he will ever transition into learning to go to sleep on his own.
I did read the No-Cry Sleep Solution about the "Pantley Pull-off" and have tried it here and there, but it doesn't really work all that well for him yet- all he will do is wake up and search for the nipple again. Eventually I can pull it out and he is asleep enough to stay asleep, but it never works if he is still awake and at times I think it even prolongs the putting-him-to-sleep process. I don't think it is really getting him used to not nursing to sleep. Is this something I should revisit at a later point when he is older? All in all I'm just curious what worked for other moms. I've noticed with my son that some things related to sleep he just acquired with age, like sleeping on his own in his crib. I had to hold him for all his naps until about 3 months and I did nothing to really teach him that- one day I just started putting him down more often when he was asleep and he stayed asleep. So I'm just wondering if this is something he will pick up with age? I'd love to not worry so much that I'm creating a bad habit.