My DS has nursed to sleep and coslept his entire life. We're coming up on his first birthday this month, and lately, sleep has been very difficult. For most of his life, sleep was easy - take him into the bedroom when he showed signs of tiredness, lay down and nurse, and bam, out in 10 minutes. Now it takes ages to get him down for a nap or bedtime. He wants to talk, play, blow raspberries on my boobs, fiddle with my necklace, pick at my clothes or the sheets... He's recently discovered things have names and he can ask what they are, and he'll spend ages pulling off, pointing to my nipple, and saying "Dat? Dat? Dat?" and then laughing hysterically when I say "Those are boobies, that's where milk comes from." When he tires of that, he'll pull on my ear/nose/lips, and then pull on his own corresponding body part with a giant grin, like, "Look! I know what ears are! This is so much more exciting than going to bed!" When he finally agrees to chill out and nurse and get sleepy, (after like 30 minutes of this), sometimes he'll eventually pull off, roll over, and do weird baby things with his hands until he falls asleep on his own. God forbid I move during this process, though, or he's right back to playing again.
In addition to learning to communicate with words, he's also just gotten the hang of walking. He's also breaking in 4 new teeth right now.
So, is he just learning how to go to sleep on his own in a developmentally appropriate way, or is this just some weird phase related to what he's currently going through?