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#1 of 4 Old 05-07-2009, 12:52 PM - Thread Starter
 
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My 10 month old DD has always had a really rough time going to sleep and she'll only stay asleep as long as she's sleeping on or right next to me.

Recently, she started falling to sleep really easily as long as I did some specific things (wear her in a baby carrier, hold her hand, give her a pacifier and play some music). It's been great. She was falling asleep in around 10-15 minutes (as opposed to 30 min-2 hours previously).

So the sleeping on or next to me isn't an issue for me for naps and it isn't a problem at night. I love co-sleeping. But what I really needed was just an hour or two at night so DH and I could have some alone time. I saw some threads on there that talked about baby hammocks and even though we're a little late in the game at this point, I rented a Kanoe.

So for four nights in a row, I put DD in the Kanoe after she fell asleep at night and low and behold, she stayed there for a little over an hour each night! Yay!

But then something happened and she regressed with the falling asleep and now she is really fighting the falling asleep hard. It's worse than before. Last night we started bedtime around 7:45. I nursed her for 15 minutes and then put her in the carrier. She finally fell asleep in bed with me around 10. This morning, it's been over an hour and she's still not asleep for morning nap (which we're skipping and moving on).

I'm thinking it's that she's afraid if she goes to sleep I'm going to put her in the hammock. So, should I forget my blissful hour of DH time each night and just send back the hammock? Or should I persevere, keep trying to get her to sleep and move her in there when she does at night and hope she passes through this fighting to go to sleep?

*sigh*

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Ian has been fighting sleep the last few nights, and I hear a lot of people talking about sleep fighters this week... I think it's the full moon! If it's working, I'd keep trying... does she wake up freaked out or anything when she's in it?

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She cries when she wakes up, but she does that when she's sleeping on me too so I can't really say her experience is any different.

I suppose it's possible that it's just a coincidence and doesn't have to do with the hammock at all. Hmm. Maybe I'll just keep trying.

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We're going through the same thing. I haven't even been online in few weeks since dd is up until 11 or so instead of falling asleep around 8. We're transitioning to a crib (she's 8.5 months) as she has completely outgrown the basinet. I have no great advice, just sympathy. I'd love to have an hour of adult time with dh. Good luck!
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