We practice attachment parenting and have co-slept from the beginning. At naptime and bedtime, I still nurse DS to sleep. Naps are a breeze. DS falls asleep within 15 minutes. nighttimes are harder and I need help. currently (and what we have done for a long long time) is that we put our son down to sleep in his crib in his room (same place he naps) and then when we go to bed, I carry him into our room. (Queen bed with crib sidecarred to our bed.)
I'm soooooo struggling... as is our marriage.... when it is taking our son 3, 4, 5, hours to go to sleep. Sometimes he stays awake until we just bring him into our room and all go to sleep together. Lately, he has fallen asleep quickly, but nightly thunderstorms are waking him and keeping him up (even after the storm has subsided) for hours.
We are not willing to do the Cry-it-out method. But we cannot continue this tag-teaming nighttime that leaves us both feeling frustrated and un-connected as weeks go by without my DP and I having any quality time. I'm sooooo jealous of the mamas I know who put their kids in their cribs and they go to sleep by themselves in mere minutes. We need help!!!
We are thinking about getting a big-boy bed for him but don't know if that will help or make things worse.
PLEASE tell us what worked for you.