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I am so glad someone finally asked this question! I read far and wide and couldn't find even a mention of naptimes for co-sleepers!
I had to come up with my own "solution" because I was also carrying her around, letting her sleep on my chest, nursing to sleep and often sneaking away and putting a pillow in my place on the couch . . . I now think it was silly!
I had to teach her to go to sleep (in my bed) on her own so she wouldn't depend on me anymore and it went surprisingly smoothly (no crying or I wouldn't have done it!), but that might not be so for all babies.
The next step was something I thought I would never EVER do, and that was putting her in her crib to sleep. That's why I put "solution" in quotes. I just realized I wasn't being fair to her. Jade now always knows what's going to happen, where she's going to sleep, when she can go to sleep. She naps for most of the day, like a little baby's supposed to, she's much more alert and energetic (and eerily smart) and I have tons of free time! That is a bonus!
I really, REALLY miss sleeping with her and at first I was really nervous leaving her in another room in a death trap, but I crank the monitor so I can hear every breath and have relaxed enough to start sleeping well again. Our "connection" is still alive and well and I always wake up a few minutes before she does when she's going to call me for "food". And every now and then I still take her to bed at night, especially now that she's teething. She gets a lot more quality sleep by herself, though (isn't it funny that I get the independent baby when I wanted to co-sleep so bad?).
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