Amy - posted on 08/01/2012 ( 1 mom has responded )
My daughter was born very very colicky until she was 5 months old. She cried 18-20 hours of the day. Because of this, as a single mother, in an effort for both of us to rest when she wasn't crying, I would always lay down with her. Now she is 10 months old, and I have to lay down with her to get her to fall asleep at nap time and at bed time. Once she is sleeping I transfer her to her crib and she's good. Recently, she has started waking up at about 11 or 12 at night, and wanting a bottle all night whereas she used to not wake up until about 3 or 4, have a bottle and go right back to sleep. Now, when she wakes up, she stays up until 3 or 4. She eats 3 good meals a day. She is on solids now and has been for some time. She has a snack and a bottle right before bed so I don't think she should be hungry. When she wakes up she's in a happy mood and wants to play, so I do what I've always done and bring her to bed with me, but she usually goes right back to sleep. I'm looking for advice on teaching her how to put herself to sleep. I'm not real keen on letting her cry it out, but am getting to the point that I know if I don't do something now, it will only get harder. I also worry that having her in bed with me is a safety issue as I worry about her falling out of bed at this point. Thanks in advance for all of your suggestions.