Sherree - posted on 05/12/2009 ( 4 moms have responded )
My 7 month old daughter has only ever been able to fall asleep during the day if she is riding in the car, her stroller, her sleigh or her swing. Also, if she breastfeeds to sleep, but then I can't put her down or she wakes up very annoyed. I have had enough of it (although I won't take it to the point of letting her cry herself into a tizzy). I am mostly worried about what will happen next year at the babysitters and what will happen this summer when we are visiting family and I will need to be able to get her to nap and be able to put her down so I can do other things!
Today I tried unsuccessfully twice to feed her until she was drowsy and put her in her crib. Both times were a mess. She was very mad at me this second time - lots of screaming - and there was such hurt in her eyes when I finally picked her back up and then she wouldn't go back to sleep. So she has had zero nap today when she usually does at least 2. It is very upsetting to us both and I am in need of advice right now.
Am I doing the right thing? Do I keep trying to put her down in the crib and if she gets no nap, then so be it? Or do I let her fall asleep in the car or stroller just for the sake of letting her get some sleep?