My almost 17mos old has been in a pattern of getting very unsettled, crying, wanting milk from about 3am to 7am. She has done this for a long time, even when she has a nice long sleep in the first part of the night. She seems to be getting more unsettled about it and I wonder if limiting milk would help her be calmer at that time. I believe in letting her lead on weaning, I just wonder if she needs something other than milk, since it doesn't really seem to calm her down. Does mama-led weaning lead to more problems than waiting for her, or will she benefit from my being clear?
She is still sometimes needing two naps a day, but does better with the afternoon one if she just plays through the morning. I think the need for that first morning nap is because her early morning is not restful. I have no idea how to go about saying no to her and having it be effective. She is a demanding nurser and I don't want to get into a power thing.
I am also fine to wait it out, it's hard on my sleep but I try to nap with her and we make it work. I do not work outside the home so its easier. I just wonder if she is expressing a need that I am not meeting by just continuing to nurse. She is teething pretty hard (those "eye teeth: I think) Any thoughts about this?
On a side, which might have something to do with it, I have a hard time keep her temp comfy. We co-sleep but she is technically in a different mattress with different sheets and no blankets (she doesn't like them or footie jams) She seems cold when she comes over to me but doesn't want to stay under the covers. I just ordered some wool long-johns...anyone have good luck with these?
Thanks for your thoughts!