Fast forward to now, she is almost two. A little better with sleeping. We just finished weaning a few weeks ago. She is a cuddle monster. She has to be contacting you somehow while sleeping. This is where the problem has come in. I am not getting any sleep. I can move her a dozen times at night and she still migrates to rest her head on my neck or jam her feet in my back. I am 20 weeks pregnant and really all I want is a good night of sleep!!
I think it might be time to say good by to co sleeping. I was thinking this weekend to take the bed apart and just put her mattress on the floor and lay with her while she falls asleep and then sneak away. Not sure how many times she will wake looking for me... So it could turn into the same delemia as before.....
Anyway have any suggestions to make this a smooth transition?
My tips are to make sure her routine is intact so the bed is the only change. I also found it useful to spend time in her room on the new bed during daylight hours so she could investigate it before bedtime. Other than that I just made sure to respond to her promptly so she still felt safe and connected. It went pretty smoothly though the first few nights the novelty did mean she played on it longer. Good luck! I think she will do well, it just might take a little bit.
I don't have any suggestions, as we're in the same boat with both of our kids! When I had my second child, daddy had to take my place as our first child's cuddle buddy, BUT she is still so attached to him (or me if he's away) for sleeping that we feel pretty stuck....in our kids' beds. :( I'll be checking for replies and hope that somebody has some great advice for you (and me!).