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I've been trying to start more of a routine with 6 month old DD. (And thanks to everyone who's offered advice so far about my permanently attached to the nipple baby!)<br><br>
Right now, the only thing that reliably works for bedtime is to nurse her to sleep. Unfortunately, I don't believe she actually has sleep cues until she is way too tired. Last night, she was playing happily in her "play space," (her crib) while I put laundry away and did some other things. All of a sudden, she's screaming and I noticed her rubbing her eyes and pulling her ears and crying. At this point, I couldn't even get her in a clean diaper without her balling, let alone try to read to her or anything. Once I got her nursing, she was asleep in 5 minutes.<br><br>
She goes from zero to sixty so quickly.<br><br>
Is it worth it to try to establish a routine? I had no indication she was tired and she wasn't even close to her usual bedtime, so trying to anticipate when she would be tired and work backward doesn't seem feasible. If I start trying to put her to sleep before she's tired, she just fusses and screams.<br><br>
Will this pass so that I can eventually be more consistent about trying to get her settled and ready for sleep, through reading, massage, or something? Or should I just let her go from screaming and crying to nursing and asleep without any transition?<br><br>
Thanks for any advice!
 

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Hi whittaker,<br><br>
The No-Cry Sleep Solution has a bit of info that basically says:<br><br>
Create a routine (reading a book, bath, rocking, nursing, etc). Use the routine start to finish when possible. Ditch the routine when you can tell babe is too sleepy to handle some/all of it.<br><br>
I think some days people just wind down quicker, and babes are no exception. There have been days lately my little one is ready for bed at 5 PM, though her usual is 7-7:30 PM. We just go with it... BTW if you know it's semi-close to sleep time, I'd go ahead and change the dipe and ready any other "essentials" just in case.<br><br>
And my babe can be zero to sixty too, I am guessing that most are. They just don't notice "sleepy" sometimes until it overwhelms them. Too busy exploring I think. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
HTH!<br><br>
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