I am a bit at my wits end with the time of night DD is going down. 11:30pm. That's right. It's crazy. Here's my routine of sorts, what do you do and how did you transition to just having them lay down rather then rocking or nursing?
Around 10pm we make sure no TV is on and the lights are dim. I read around 5-6 books to DD then strap her in the mei tai and spend about 20-40mins "wearing" her down. Lucky for me she's only 23lbs so I'm not totally disabled yet. I actually track the rocking as exercise! That's one plus right? She like me is a music fanatic and has preferences for albums and songs she wants me to rock her to. I'm very tired of hearing Radiohead but she just love them and their artwork on the iPod.
After this I put her down on her side-car crib. But she usually ends up in my bed eventually. Having her in her own room isn't happening yet but we are starting to think about the transition. I am going with the flow on that one. I do like having a family bed. Right now.