Jill - posted on 11/29/2010 ( 5 moms have responded )
Until a week ago, my 8-month-old was nursing to sleep every nap, but last week I let him cry it out. Painful for both of us, but it seemed like the amount of time he cried was getting shorter and it was getting easier for him. Until Friday, when separation anxiety hit him - crying with Grandma when I went out for a walk. Since then I've noticed that he cries and cries when I put him down for a nap (30-60 minutes) and he doesn't sleep for very long (35 -55 minutes).
I don't want to go back to nursing him to sleep, because I really want him to learn how to go to sleep on his own. Right now I run him until he's clearly tired, bring him into his room and turn out the light and put on the white noise machine, telling him I'm making it quiet and cozy for him to sleep. I lay him in his crib and give him his lovey and tell him that I'll be back and see him when he's done sleeping. Then I leave.
Does anyone have any ideas on how to adjust our routine to make it a bit easier on him?