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#1 of 6 Old 04-05-2003, 10:30 PM - Thread Starter
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Just wondering if always nursing to sleep is the norm out there, what other ways of getting baby off to sleep are in play, and how this affects nightwaking?
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I nurse until he is drowsy, and then dh rocks or pats him the rest of the way to sleep.
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We had a set routine since about 6 months... Now he's 15 months...

Hubbie rocks him to sleep after he's had plenty of yummy milk and a good tooth-brushing
& then just lies down in the bed with him for a few minutes until he settles in and falls back asleep.

He used to wake up throughout the night and nurse(which was fine with me). Unfortunately, at 11 months, I had to give up breastfeeding due to a chronic pain issue(started years before pregnancy) that was driving me nutty and I needed the freedom to take something without the extreme guilt. Somewhat selfish, I guess, but I figured I had dealt with the intense pain for over 20 months & it was time for some relief. Whew!

I am pleased with the bedtime routine, though. I've known a few friends that have said their babes cannot go to sleep without nursing. It is a relaxing time for both baby and momma, though.

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I nurse down once or twice a week...the rest she nurses, then goes to DH in his chair and watches music videos and falls asleep. THough we have started slecting the videos for content. She likes women singers and outdoor scenes.
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My daughter stopped nursing two months ago, but we still co-sleep. After a bath, naked time, get into diaper and pajamas, drink or snack, brush teeth, we read three stories in bed, then I turn out the light and lie down with her until she falls asleep. For nap time, I am lucky that she likes to nap- she leads me to the bed when she is tired and I lie down with her.
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Until recently I've nursed her down, but she's going through a really wierd phaze where she won't sleep even an hour without me holding her. It's driving me crazy because the housework is piling up, so now I nurse her well, and if she's asleep she goes into the cradle, and dh comforts her back to sleep if she wakes. When she wakes to nurse later into the night she is welcomed into our bed. This works especially well because it allows dh & me some alone time, but we still get the benefit of co-sleeping.

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