Kristen - posted on 07/26/2013 ( 4 moms have responded )
Help! I need tips on how to help my 1 yr old sleep without me and without nursing. When she was really young, the ONLY way I could get her to sleep was to nurse her to sleep, and I nursed by side-laying because we didn't have a couch/chair that I felt comfortable in. Now, that's all she's used to and won't sleep without nursing... it makes car rides, busy days, and putting her down difficult. I also lay with her and escape when she's deep enough. I've been waiting for her to grow out of this need, but I don't know how much longer I can wait. I need more time to myself, especially those days when I can't escape.
I know my way is unconventional, so no need to berate me, my first-time-mom-self-esteem is already low. But I'm willing to hear tips and ideas to gently help my daughter sleep without me. She's pretty sensitive and tender hearted, so I want to be gentle.
Thanks! I'd especially like to hear from others who have had a child who was similar!