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Location: Woodinville, WA
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I'm fairly new at this, too, so I'm not sure how helpful I can be except to share my experience. My dd (now 7 mos) has to be walked to sleep most of the time, too. But it goes MUCH faster if I am in a dark, boring room (the bedroom at our house). We have the whole routine - change, sing, stories, then nurse -- if she is really tired, she will sometimes nod off nursing, then I can gently lay down with her and let her continue to nurse off to sleep. Timing is critical, though, if I put her down too soon, she'll wake back up.
If I can tell she's not settled enough, I will not even start to nurse right after stories -- I get back up, we pace the room a bit (with lullabies playing on the CD), and when she starts to relax and her eyelids droop, then I let her nurse. Sometimes I nurse a little standing up and rocking back and forth until her eyes fully close - then into the bed we go. DD is almost 20 lbs also, so I can relate to how tired and sore the shoulders/neck/back get sometimes.
I think we may just have babies that need motion to relax. They may have to learn over time to fall asleep laying down.
Hope this helps - just to know you're not alone.