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DD is 6 months old. I pretty much nurse her to sleep each night, unless she happens to fall asleep on her own, with dh or me holding her (10% of the time). She sleeps in her crib. She's been sleeping through the night for a while with the occasional wakeup due to teething. I nurse her back to sleep when she wakes - it takes less than 5 minutes, and happens maybe 3 times a week. She usually goes to sleep around 9-9:30 and sleeps until 6 or 7.<br><br>
Here is my issue: I am worried that by nursing her to sleep every night, I am going to have a big problem on my hands down the road when she gets older. I won't do the cry-it-out thing, and honestly the whole sleep journal method doesn't seem like it would work for us. Basically, I have no problem now, but I'm anticipating/worrying about the problems that may come later (this is like my professional hobby...)<br><br>
Any thoughts, or should I just shut up, be glad she's sleeping well and deal with the problems as they come?
 

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I still nurse my 12 mo DD to sleep and it hasn't been a problem yet. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin"> She's a good sleeper, but she's never slept through the night like your baby. We co-sleep, so she doesn't completely wake to nurse, but she doesn't ever go all night without nursing at least twice - never has. Are you concerned because you have a weaning age in mind and you're afraid nursing to sleep will make it impossible to wean or are you worried that nursing to sleep is going to turn into nursing to sleep 25 times in one night?
 

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Neither exactly. I don't have a weaning age in mind, but whether it's 1 or 3 I fear that I am then going to have a screaming toddler who just cannot fall asleep on her own...and at that point it seems like it's going to turn into a cry-it-out, not by choice...kwim?
 

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I think you'll know when she's ready and when you're ready. When you feel it might possibly be time, you can try a new routine for going to sleep for a few days and see how she responds. If she's not ready you can try again a few months later.<br><br>
Since you're already thinking about this, you might enjoy taking a peek at Mothering Your Nursing Toddler by Norma Jean Bumgarner from LLL. A great read and with lots of info about the reality of nursing past a year, including the famous and for-some-reason-controversial subject of nursing to sleep.<br><br>
Another great read that will ease your mind is Nighttime Parenting by Dr. William Sears. If you read mainstream publications, they say quite definitively that if your child is not going to sleep on her/his own by like 3 months of age it will never happen and you will be visiting them in their college dorm room to put them to bed. Bunk! Nighttime Parenting will remind you that your mommy instincts are exactly right!
 

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