Eve - posted on 11/16/2010 ( 15 moms have responded )
Up until he was about 10 months old, my son was sleeping through the night in his crib. Around 10 months, he got a cold and wasn't eating well during the day. As a result, when he woke up around 3 or 4 in the morning and acted like he wanted to nurse, I figured he was probably truly hungry and didn't feel well. I started taking him back to bed with me to nurse and snuggle. We both sleep pretty well this way, and I certainly don't mind the snuggling!
Bottom line, he figured out that was a pretty nice deal, and he doesn't want to give it up. I'm okay with continuing IF I can trust that at some point in the future, when he's a little older, he will be able to make a smooth transition to sleeping in his own bed all night. I'm afraid that the longer we co-sleep, the harder it will be for him to stop.
For those of who who co-slept with a child, at what age did you stop? Was it an easy transition, or did it require a lot of difficult nights?
I just don't know whether I should be concerned about this or not, but the nighttime wakings are intensifying. Not sure of the reason, but he's waking up more frequently, earlier in the night, getting harder to put back down in his own bed, and sometimes even resists going to sleep in our bed. I am wondering if the attempts to start getting him to spend more time in his bed are backfiring? How will we know when he's ready, if he's not ready now?