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Co-sleeping and the Family Bed > Ready to stop co-sleeping with DD - any advice?
heatherlt's Avatar heatherlt 09:36 AM 06-23-2011

I have two DDs, one 23 months old and the other 9 months old as of yesterday. Our DD1 coslept for 6 months and then was really restless and seemed to want her own space around that age. She's been sleeping in her crib ever since with no problems. DD2 is not showing any signs of wanting to sleep in her crib.. at all. 


DD2 has extreme separation anxiety and cries every time I even go to leave the room. I seriously need to take her into the hallway when I go to the bathroom. She just started crawling and I'm afraid of her crawling out of our bed. I'd like to wean her of co-sleeping as gently as possible. I don't want her to feel like she is being abandoned from our bed. Any suggestions? I'm willing to take this as slow as I need to for her, but I'm starting not to sleep as well and we are TTC so I'd really like her out by the time we have another lol!

To-Fu's Avatar To-Fu 12:41 PM 06-23-2011

No ideas here (still cosleeping and nursing with my 3yo and 13mo), but I'll be watching this thread to see what folks have to say.  Best of luck finding an arrangement that works for your family.

carepear's Avatar carepear 08:09 PM 06-23-2011

Posting just so I can remember to watch this thread.  I'm thinking of stopping cosleeping as well and need some tips. 

mamaboss's Avatar mamaboss 08:42 PM 06-23-2011

If it's possible, I'd start out with a mattress on your bedroom floor and sleep there with her. Once she's a bit used to the new area, gradually stop sleeping next to her but keep her in your room. Then once she's sleeping well on her own, if you want her in another room, start transitioning her to her own space. 

Alisse's Avatar Alisse 09:47 PM 06-23-2011

We let our LO fall asleep in bed with us then transfer him over when he's deeply asleep.  When he wakes in the morning there are no tears, (we coslept for ~20 months; and the crib is near our bed).