My DD is 7 months old, and we have been co-sleeping since she was born. For a few months, I would put her to sleep in her crib (that is right next to our bed) and bring her to bed with us after her first waking. Well, now she won't sleep in her crib at all, she even naps in our bed, but that is another story.
I LOVE to sleep with her, but I don't like not getting enough sleep at night. The first half of the night is usually good. She will wake up once to nurse, and go right back to sleep. Somewhere between 3am and 5am, she will start to wiggle and whine in her sleep. She wakes more frequently in the early morning hours too, but that doesn't bug me as much as her making so much noise in her sleep. I try rubbing her back or her tummy, I have tried waking her up (after which she stays awake for quite some time before going back to sleep.) I try feeding her, but she usually isn't interested in nursing while doing that. Lately she has been kicking my DH at night, (more like pushing off with her feet) and that makes it even worse for him.
My DH usually ends up getting up and going to sleep on the couch or spare bed. I do NOT want that. I want this to be a family bed, not a mother/daughter bed.
Even if I keep her on the outside of the bed, away from DH, she still makes all those noises, and keeps us both awake.
I am starting to think about just getting her to sleep in her crib at night. DH is starting to "suggest" that we get her into her own crib. Don't know how to go about that, but again, that is another story.
BTW: She usually goes to bed around 8-8:30pm, and wakes up 2-3 times to eat. (Her waking up to eat doesn't bother me, she eats quickly, and we usually both fall back to sleep as she nurses. It is the noises in her sleep that drives us nuts.)
Does anyone have any ideas that might help? I really want co-sleeping to work, but if this keeps up, it isn't best for our whole family. I need something that will work for all of us.