Janine - posted on 07/02/2012 ( 2 moms have responded )
My DS has always had difficulty switching off from the world to go to sleep and I have resorted to either breastfeeding and when that stopped working, cuddling him to sleep. I should probably define "asleep" here: it's when he's just lightly asleep, eyes shut just around the twitching stage.
Mostly this takes about 30 mins of nursing / cuddling, but sometimes can be an hour or more (which I find too long).
What I am worried about it that he won't grow out of the need to be cuddled to sleep. Does anyone have any similar experiences?
Although he can go to sleep by himself it takes a long time (an hour), which then really messes up his whole schedule as he either doesn't sleep long enough at night or it pushes back subsequent sleep times. Initially he cries when I leave him and can be quite distressed, which I find really difficult. Then he'll play / chat for the remainder of the time.
My temptation is to carry on cuddling him to sleep as this seems to be the kindest and quickest way to naps or sleep.... but what happens as he gets older?
Thanks for any thoughts.