My daughter is 19 months and has always nursed to sleep at night. I am now 23 weeks pregnant, and need to end this routine. She also co-sleeps and nurses back to sleep when she wakes in the night (typically 3-4 times). I am soon going to refuse the boob when she wakes in the night, and although I know this will be hard, I think it will be much easier than trying to get her to sleep. My main reason for wanting to do this now is I want to have a new way to put her to sleep before the new baby arrives in June. I need my husband to be able to put her sleep when I am in the hospital, and it would be nice for him to be able to put her to sleep sometimes anyways! I also want her to sleep with just him or in her own bed because she is such a light sleeper I know new baby will be waking her up all through the night at first. Another reason I want this to end is that it is so painful to nurse her! I can deal with the physical pain, but cannot deal with the thought of her freaking out each night while I am gone (I am most likely having a repeat c-section and will be therefore be gone 2-3 nights).
So, any suggestions on how to transition her to a new method of falling asleep would be greatly appreciated. How did you do it? What did you do? How long did it take? I am dreading this and can't help but to be incredibly pessimistic!