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I have an almost 25 month old dd and a 2 week old ds. I rock my dd to sleep for her (1) nap still- we eat lunch, I tell her she's going to take her rest (this is roughly at the same time daily), she get into jammy clothes, have some milk in the chair and I rock her to sleep (she doesn't nurse to sleep.). This takes, depending on the day, 10-50 minutes. I don't mind this until...
I now have a 2 week old baby. My mom is back home, DH is back to work and I am realizing that if the newborn is not sleeping at nap time (or wakes while I am rocking dd) I am completely screwed! I will not let my newborn cry while I attempt to finish rocking so I desperately and urgently need to change the way my toddler goes to sleep. At night, I lay down with her, she has milk for a limited time, we say good night to milk and mama and she goes to sleep. I am not too worried about night yet as DH is usually home and can watch ds if he wakes.
How do I transition my toddler to going to sleep in the bed without rocking?? I can still do the nursing (if ds is awake we will just have "milk together") but I cannot rock both of them and be able to get up from the chair!
Any help would be appreciated!! And yes- I probably should have worked this out BEFORE I gave birth but that is no longer an option so please do not go there!