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I've posted often on this board about ds's sleep (and the demise of his excellent newborn sleep patterns.) DS is a rather premature mover: crawling steadily now at 4 1/2 mo. Sleep downhilled when the rolling over started at about 9 weeks <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/eyesroll.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="roll">.<br><br>
My last post asked about "the fall asleep on his own" question. Happy to report that last night, DS truly fell asleep on his own! In other words: it can happen!<br><br>
Our bedtime ritual these days: boob, bath, boob, then dh gives him a little bottle & usually cuddles him down. But last night DS refused the bottle & dh decided to just put him in his pack n play, which is where DS sleeps before I get into bed. We could hear him babbling to himself in there for a bit (maybe 5 minutes)--and then quiet.<br><br>
It may not happen regularly, but it demonstrates to us that he knows what sleep is and how to get there. Hooray!<br><br>
Listen, we've still got our sleep issues: DS awakens often at night--usually he quickly nurses back down--and he pees a LOT at night (we EC him, but not at night yet)--but hey, we celebrating each *baby* step.<br><br>
A few things that strike me as significant:<br>
a) DH has for quite a while been the one to parent DS to bed (i.e., does not nurse down for initial bedtime)<br>
b) DH instinctively felt DS wanted to have a little time to himself before settling down to sleep. --IMO this is extremely important--I wonder if sometimes our babes try to communicate that they're ready to try something and we don't quite hear them. Last night didn't happen all of sudden--DS has for a few weeks shown that he could, at times, be very sleepy when put down, but nothing like last night (fully awake.)<br><br>
Don't know if this will offer hope to any of you out there--but hope it does <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
Lesley
 

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My DS is also a little early with crawling, around 6 mo. He doesn't get himself to sleep but last noc he was squirming in the middle of the noc. He wasn't crying so I just let him lay there. 1 or 2 times he fell back to sleep without the breast. I can see a future where DS can go to sleep without breast, bouncing and firm grip. It may not be for quite awhile yet but it's good to know that it happens.
 
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