I'm looking for support about transitioning my 6 month old into a crib in my room. I have a couple things that have been the hardest about co-sleeping and I'd be willing to continue cosleeping if i could figure them out.
She doesn't sleep unless nursed completely asleep. I seems like she needs an hour or more of suckling to be in a deep enough sleep for me to take my nipple out of her mouth. She won't nurse unless we are laying next to each other in bed. Everywhere else is way too interesting. I'm trying to move nursing out of our room so that we can create other sleep comfort patterns but it hasn't been working. I'm having an impossible time sleeping because when she wakes she cannot get back to sleep unless nursing so we are attached most of the night. My body aches from this and I'm so ready to not be in pain or totally annoyed at bedtime. Naps are exactly the same. So I spend almost my entire life in bed with my baby. I'm a single parent and she has never gone to sleep without me. She is also huge for her age so I'm considering night weening at 1 year or 9 months because I think she wouldn't be negatively impacted. I love the closeness of co-sleeping and I guess I want the good stuff but not the painful stuff. I think I'm also afraid that I'm not good enough if I don't sacrifice my physical comfort for my babe's comfort.
So I have questions:
1: what has worked for ppl to stop the suck to sleep urge? (other than the pantley method)
2: is it a bad idea to think about transitioning to a crib just until she was night weened?
3: what do other ppl do with babes who won't nurse without being in a calm space?
4: what are your bedtime routines like that don't end with nursing to sleep?
5: does anyone crib sleep for naps but cosleep at night? is this too inconsistent?