Kim - posted on 06/06/2012 ( 6 moms have responded )
From early on our daughter slept with us in bed. It wasnt something we planned on doing but out of pure desperation for sleep we did it. It worked great and around 4 months I started to put her in her crib after her bedtime routine (bath, bottle, bed). She'd sleep from 7:00-7:00 waking maybe once or twice to eat. When she got a little older she would wake about 5 and have a bottle and cry to come into our bed. Since it was only a few hours I didnt think it was a big deal.
The last few months it's gotten worse. I put her down between 7 and 8 at night and she's usually up by 9:00. I am able to put her back down in her crib and she falls back to sleep. But by 10:30 at the latest she's very upset and the only way I can calm her down is by bringing her into our bed. She's also started waking 3-4 times a night..by kind of crying in her sleep. She'll go back down pretty easilly with a few sucks of the bottle.
So, now, at this point she's 13 months old and is basically sleeping in her crib for 2 hours at night then comes in with us for the rest of the night.
I am scared to try CIO but I am also aware the older she gets the more difficult these sleep habits will be to break.