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Before you hate me too much....my 1st and 3rd are the polar opposite. The current one takes sooooooooooo much work to get her sleep, and she always screams her head off before she drifts off no matter how relaxing and calming I make the atmosphere, and wakes up screaming, and is impossible to get to nap without major intervention.
My babe bounced himself to sleep for his morning nap today.. weirdest thing! We borrowed a jumper from the inlaws (it's the fisher price horse, I think). He was quietly bouncing for 15 minutes, so I went ahead and made breakfast.. still bouncing.. I checked emails... still bouncing. Then I peeked over to say "hi" and realized he was asleep! His head was resting on the "saddle", eyes closed, yet every 20 seconds or so he'd bounce himself. Too cute. Amazingly he stayed asleep as I transferred him upstairs. Otherwise, he always needs help.
~Katie~ married to J, mom to DD- A 13 yrs ,DS- L 7yrs , and my little nursling DD2- R 5yrs.
Ds has been parented to sleep every night until almost 4. And sometimes still now at 6.
My DS on the other hadn HAD to be nursed to sleep till 3.5 then after that he needed the tv to fall asleep still does in fact.
Holly and David
Adaline (3/20/10), and Charlie (1/26/12- 4/10/12) and our identical twins Callie and Wendy (01/04/13)
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Unassisted birthing, atheist, poly, bi WOHM to 4 wonderful, smart homeschooling kids Wes (14) Seth (7) Pandora Moonlilly (2) and Nevermore Stargazer (11/2012) Married to awesome SAH DH.
All of my daycare toddlers just "go to bed", but as infants some prefer to be put to bed awake, and some need to be rocked to sleep.
My second babe....not so much...actually she never did, until she was over a year, and then she only needed less help, not no help.
I tried to do it differently with my 2nd daughter, and put her in her bassinet/crib while still awake, so she could learn to get herself to sleep and not associate boob or skin-to-skin contact with falling asleep. BUT... I would fall asleep with her in the bed with me while nursing in a side-lie position. So she, too, got used to falling asleep while breastfeeding. The same issues have resulted. She's now 2 and doesn't sleep through the night.
On to DD3, who is 8 weeks. I work very hard to put her in her bassinet while still awake. When I do this, she DOES drift off to sleep by herself! (I sometimes do lie down and fall asleep while breastfeeding, though -- I try to only breastfeed sitting up so it doesn't happen but it's hard!) I really believe this is going to be the one who sleeps well because she will not associate falling asleep with having mommy touching her or having the breast as she drifts off.
I know a lot of women cosleep and feed off and on all night -- which is basically what I ended up doing with my first 2. I am sooooo tired of having little ones in the bed with me and DH all the time. I want one of those kids who drifts off to sleep in their own space and sleeps through the night this time!