Today was DD's 6 month old check up. I like our ped very much, except I think he's a very "traditional" doctor and sometimes I come away feeling like I'm a crappy parent. Today he asked if dd falls asleep on her own. She doesn't. I nurse her to sleep. He told me learning to fall asleep is a learned behavior and that I should start giving her opportunities to do so to prevent sleep problems. Ugh. I have tried it and it doesn't seem to work, she just cries, and it takes about 45 mins longer for her to fall asleep than if I just nurse her. I suppose if I stuck with it she would eventually get better at it, but it just seems like so much work that I don't really want to. But, I don't want her to have sleep problems. Part of me thinks he's full of crap, but part of me wonders if he's right. Sooo, mamas, did you nurse your little one to sleep and did they end up with sleep problems?
On a somewhat separate (but still related) note, dd has issues staying asleep at nighttime. I can nurse her down, but she will wake 45 mins and need to be nursed, or cuddled, until she falls asleep. And sometimes she will stay asleep after that, and other times she will wake multiple times and need help falling asleep until it is my bedtime and I crawl in next to her. Cause she sleeps just fine if I'm there. ;-) I know all the websites say the solution is to get her to fall asleep on her own, so she can resettle on her own. And if I knew it would work and she would fall asleep at bedtime and stay asleep, I would probably be more sold on putting the work in to get her to self soothe. But if it wouldn't have that result, I don't want to spend time and tears teaching my baby a skill I don't really think she needs. Mamas, did you have this problem and did teaching your baby to fall asleep independently help?
Bleah. I hate sleep training.