I just read the thread on transitioning to crib, and someone suggested trying naps in the crib first... that is exactly what I need advice on. I don't mind the night time co-sleeping (it seems to work just fine), but during the day I really need to get up and do stuff around the house (not to mention I'm getting depressed being in bed all the time). DS is almost four months old, and is a very light sleeper. He will only fall asleep if I nurse him to sleep (though I'm currently working on removing the nipple when his sucking slows, and that is going well), and once he falls asleep if I try to move him he wakes up (even if I wait till he's in a deep sleep). There have been a few times when I nursed him in my lap and then was able to move him to the crib, but he inevitably wakes up after like 20 minutes, so his naps are never longer than about 40 minutes. Actually, he's such a light sleeper that even if I lie in bed with him, I end up nursing him back to sleep several times in order to get him to sleep longer than 40 minutes or so. Did I mention he's a light sleeper? People talk about moving the baby when he gets drowsy, etc, well if I try to move him when he's drowsy, he wakes up, eyes wide open, totally alert. He sleeps awesome at night though – usually 6-8 hours straight, 10-12 total. I’ve been doing a night time routine, and a small portion for naps that includes drawing the blinds, turning on the fan, then getting in the bed and nursing… does that seem like enough for naps? Anyway, what I really need to know is whether I’m going to be stuck co-napping with him for years to come, and what I can do to avoid that?
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7/4/05 at 9:36pm