Cosleeping promotes healthy sleep habits!

Minnie - posted on 11/18/2009 ( 8 moms have responded )

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I've heard this forever and didn't get to experience this with my first, because we only coslept until she was six months old.

My 13 month old still wakes to nurse 4-5 times a night. Recently she's been doing something that surprises me- maybe once a night she'll wake to nurse and then stay awake (much to my chagrin). I've found that if I just lie down right next to her with my eyes closed that she'll wiggle around for a bit, roll to her belly, settle and then next time I look at her she's sleeping soundly.

Yay for a baby who can put herself back to sleep from being wide awake without sleep training! Obviously it's not her norm- 4/5 times she'll nurse to sleep, but she CAN do it! And I'm sure that as time goes by this will become more and more frequent. Look at how they mature at their own pace without our prodding and forcing!

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Minnie - posted on 11/23/2009

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Flailing away in the mire I suppose....for eons apparently until they came to save us all from our inherent stupidity!

Brenda - posted on 11/22/2009

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I don't get the "you can't nurse the baby to sleep" idea. Where and who came up with that brilliant piece of truism? That alone has probably broken the breastfeeding relation in countelss mothers, and probably cuased just as many to CIO because "doctor said". Why? Lisa, I think you mentioned the sleep inducing hormones that are released during nursing for both, mother and baby...sooo why is it bad if our bodies naturally want to put us to sleep at that time?

Why, oh why, do doctors believe that anything that is natural is bad? They tell you not to cosleep, not to nurse on demand (though that's becoming less these days), not to nurse to sleep...what the heck do they think women have been doing since the beginning of time?

Mandy - posted on 11/22/2009

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if i have to read one more time that it is best for the baby to CIO and the only way they will go to sleep, i think i will scream

Minnie - posted on 11/21/2009

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Quoting Brenda:



Quoting Carol:

As long as I don't put my daughter anywhere near her crib, she pretty much falls asleep on her own. We never did any sleep training. About 2 months ago (she's 15 months now) she started freaking out when I put her in the crib, even if it was just to play for a few minutes while I cleaned up her floor. But if she's on our bed or on the sofa, I don't even have to nurse her to get her to fall asleep, she'll just curl up and nod off. In fact, it's getting so that she can do it without me even being next to her, I can sit beside her in a chair and she just rolls over and goes to sleep. Can't figure out what the crib issue is all about though, it's not like she's ever been left in there to cry or anything. I'm just going to wait it out until she's ready for a toddler bed.






I think I'd freak out if someone tried to put me in a cage...  Seriously, if you look at it from her perspective, she's used to sleeping and being like everyone else, then you put her down in something she can't move from behind slats that look weird to her and that are seperating her from the rest of her world...  I can see it causing a bit of anxiety.  :)






Go Cage Free Babies!  :)






Hehe- we were in Babies R us (aka Mainstream parenting R us) the other day cashing in our old crib recall (that we never used) and I told my three year old that they were puppy crates!

Brenda - posted on 11/20/2009

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Quoting Carol:

As long as I don't put my daughter anywhere near her crib, she pretty much falls asleep on her own. We never did any sleep training. About 2 months ago (she's 15 months now) she started freaking out when I put her in the crib, even if it was just to play for a few minutes while I cleaned up her floor. But if she's on our bed or on the sofa, I don't even have to nurse her to get her to fall asleep, she'll just curl up and nod off. In fact, it's getting so that she can do it without me even being next to her, I can sit beside her in a chair and she just rolls over and goes to sleep. Can't figure out what the crib issue is all about though, it's not like she's ever been left in there to cry or anything. I'm just going to wait it out until she's ready for a toddler bed.



I think I'd freak out if someone tried to put me in a cage...  Seriously, if you look at it from her perspective, she's used to sleeping and being like everyone else, then you put her down in something she can't move from behind slats that look weird to her and that are seperating her from the rest of her world...  I can see it causing a bit of anxiety.  :)



Go Cage Free Babies!  :)

Minnie - posted on 11/19/2009

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And people left and right tell you that you have to teach your baby to fall asleep by herself- in the form of sleep training or CIO. I just can't understand why they think that the child will never put herself to sleep.

Lucy - posted on 11/19/2009

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Last night my daughter woke up and was shuffling and instead of grabbing my boob she put both hands on my face and fell back to sleep holding my face and she's only 7months old!

Johnny - posted on 11/18/2009

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As long as I don't put my daughter anywhere near her crib, she pretty much falls asleep on her own. We never did any sleep training. About 2 months ago (she's 15 months now) she started freaking out when I put her in the crib, even if it was just to play for a few minutes while I cleaned up her floor. But if she's on our bed or on the sofa, I don't even have to nurse her to get her to fall asleep, she'll just curl up and nod off. In fact, it's getting so that she can do it without me even being next to her, I can sit beside her in a chair and she just rolls over and goes to sleep. Can't figure out what the crib issue is all about though, it's not like she's ever been left in there to cry or anything. I'm just going to wait it out until she's ready for a toddler bed.

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