Cara - posted on 07/30/2010 ( 30 moms have responded )
Anyone have any advice on how to get a 13 month-old to sleep without nursing? She still wakes up frequently at night. Sometimes she will wakes up every hour, sometimes only once or twice. I have always just nursed her back to sleep as we sleep together. But, often I am absolutely exhausted in the morning. I have started to think that I should try to "teach" her to go back to sleep by herself. But I don't know how to do this without having her cry. I think it is alright for her to cry if I am holding her. However, even when I am holding her and rocking her, she still does not fall asleep unless I nurse her. Furthermore, about once a week, she wakes up in the middle of the night and wants to play. We have tried playing "possum," but it never works. I always end up getting up, playing and than nursing.