We're having problems with our dd going to sleep lately. She's almost 10 months. She HAS to nurse to sleep, and she nurses for comfort throughout the night, although once she's asleep, she only wakes up a few times thorugh the night. She sleeps in bed with us. The problem has been getting her to go to sleep initially. She has always gone to bed when we do, around 10- 11. Lately, she has been satying up till 12 or 1, just refusing to go to sleep. She won't lay down to nurse. I read in a book the other day that at this age she can intentionally keep herself up, even if she's tired. I think this might be what's going on. Eventually, she falls asleep while nursing, but she's practically crying herself to sleep. I hate this, but I don't know what to do.
Last night, for example, we tried to go to bed at 10:30. She got a bedtime story from Dad, we climbed in bed, and I started to nurse her. She kept coming off, wnating to crawl around and play. After a bit, she was crying a lot, probably because she was tired. We put her on the floor to play. She can climb into the bed if she wants to. But she was still crying. After a couple hours of trying to nurse her every little while, and having her play and cry, She finally nursed to sleep on my lap, and then I laid her down. I tried nursing her on my lap earlier, but it didn't work then. It's like she HAD to cry that much to get tired enough to let herself fall asleep. I don't like that, though. I am a bit frustrated, because we co-sleep, and still have sleep problems. I mean, it's not like we put her in a crib in another room. We cuddle all night, and she nurses at will. I don't know how to get her to go to sleep!