I need advice from other parents of older children practicing attachment parenting and co-sleeping. Our nine year old daughter cannot sleep thru the night independently, and she has developed such a pattern of night waking, without also developing any abilities to self soothe, that I am beginning to be concerned that we are setting her up for long term sleep difficulties. She will not stay alseep unless physically next to me, and seems unable/unwilling to fall back to sleep 'on her own.' I am no longer able to sleep well (or at all, sometimes)with this arrangement, so it has become an issue. I see hundreds of items on babies and toddlers on this topic, but when/how can we help her be independent at this age without being punitive. Our six year old boy has had periods of independence, but has returned to our bed during a time intense imagination and fears, but I am worried for the future with him as well. please give me hope...
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2/3/05 at 9:20pm