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Teacher until birth of DS (7-27-08)and now DD (10-17-11):, now SAHM, wife to my wonderful hard-working DH.
DS is a year now, and we've been managing the lap-to-crib transition for a few months now. Usually he'd fall asleep nursing while I rocked in the glider. I'd either wait for the nipple to come out of his mouth or I'd try to help it along a bit (sometimes I have to let him re-latch a few times). I'd continue rocking for a while (5-10 minutes), then slow my rocking down until I was no longer rocking. I'd sit there for awhile so he'd get used to the lack of rocking. Then I'd slowly stand and slowly walk to the crib. Then wait a minute or so. Then sloooowly lower him into the crib without changing the side-laying position he was in from nursing. Then my arms would be trapped under his body, but I'd leave them there (this is the uncomfortable mama part) for a few minutes, then slooooowly remove one arm...then slooowly remove the other. I have a rolled up blanket in the crib that I push up along his back so he feels like he's up against me (maybe).
It used to be absolutely impossible to do this transition, but I just kept trying. Lately he's stopped nursing to sleep, so I have to rock him in an upright position for a while until he falls asleep. I continue rocking for a while and then change him to a side-laying position, while still rocking and then do as above. There have been several times in the last month that I've been able to put him in his crib awake (when the other methods haven't worked) and then pat him to sleep or use my hands to vibrate the mattress until he falls asleep. It's all the leaning into the crib stuff that really sucks, but I'm all about getting a little chunk of time for myself, so it's worth it.