I don't mind rocking my 6 month old to sleep

Ashley - posted on 06/16/2013 ( 6 moms have responded )

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I am a first time mom and second time poster. I am fortunate enough to be a stay at home mom. I exclusively breastfeed my 6 month old. he falls asleep easily in my arm at night. Should I continue to rock him to sleep, is it bad for him in the long run?

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Rebekah - posted on 06/16/2013

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Keep in mind that they get used to (and dependent on) whatever is consistently done. It may be a struggle when it comes time for you to discontinue that. It is good for him to learn to fall asleep without the rocking...its part of self-soothing, which is a good skill for him to learn anyway.
When my son was a baby, I loved to rock my son too, but I would put him in the crib when he was still awake so that he could do the rest on his own.

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Chet - posted on 06/17/2013

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We have four children. We co-slept and they all nursed to sleep as babies, but developed more independent sleep routines when they were ready no problem.

It can be a difficult transition if you decide that you're done rocking to sleep before your baby or toddler is done. That's where horror stories come from, especially if you want to end it cold turkey. But honestly, rocking a child to sleep is a very natural thing to do. Don't fight your instinct if it's truly working for you and your baby.

I actually found it to be extremely practical to be able to nurse or rock our babies to sleep. I could put a baby to sleep anywhere because the only thing they expected at bedtime was me.

Dove - posted on 06/17/2013

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Ashley, two of my kids had zero issues whatsoever with the transition. I still co-sleep with the third though.... so no clue HOW it will be when the kid gets his own room. ;)

♫ Shawnn ♪♫♫ - posted on 06/17/2013

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One of mine rocked to sleep till he didn't want to anymore, and the other didn't like to be rocked.

I never had any problem at all transitioning with the one I rocked...Some may, but I wonder how much of the problem is the child sensing the mother's reluctance to change the routine?

Ashley - posted on 06/17/2013

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I plan on their sing for a long time you didn't have any trouble getting them to go to sleep when they were older?

Dove - posted on 06/16/2013

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All of my kids nursed to sleep until they weaned... or were old enough that simply nursing didn't put them to sleep at night (for my kid that nursed for 3 years). You are fine. You can certainly try laying him down when he's sleepy, but still awake and see how it goes.... but you go ahead and rock him for as long as you want. They grow up SO fast!!

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