Marci - posted on 12/16/2008 ( 75 moms have responded )
Here is my situation. I am a stay at home mom. My daughter is 13 1/2 months. I nursed her for the first year. This is also how I put her to sleep. After I stopped nursing my husband would rock her to sleep (mainly because she wouldn't rock with me) but then he became the bad guy and when he would go pick her up just to hug her she would cry because she thought it was nap time. He didn't like this so then we started to drive her. I do this 3 times a day (2 naps and one at bed time) This works, she goes to sleep within 15 minutes, but there has to be a better way. I don't want to do the crying out method. I understand a little fussiness, but to leave her when she is so upset, I just can't do it. Please don't judge, I know some things work for some while they don't for others. I have tried to rock her until she is sleepy but this doesn't work. I tried putting her in her crib and she just plays (as long as we are in the room with her) I've tried putting her in bed with my husband and she is just a wiggle worm and doesn't settle down. I now realize I shouldn't have nursed her to sleep for the first year, but that is in the past. I just need some ideas to go from here. Thank you for your help in advance.