Any tips on how to STOP co-sleeping???

Sarah - posted on 03/27/2011 ( 2 moms have responded )

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Our darling lil man is just 9months old sitll breastfeed and co-sleeping, he will wake anywhere between 2-6 times a night to feed/comfort feed, uses a dummy and is a happy healthy boy.
Lil man will fall asleep nursing or out for a wee walk around the block, or ocassionally just cuddling with Mum, but its getting exhausting.
Hubby has had enough of bubs being in our bed and waking not only me but Daddy during the night....
Any tips on how to STOP co-sleeping - GENTLY???? I'm too much of a softy to let him CIO

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Codie - posted on 03/28/2011

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i know exactly what you're going through Sarah! my situation is a little more time constricted bc i'm 7 weeks pregnant with our second and so its important to get our baby boy out of our bed before second baby gets here!
corbin was waking up every 20 minutes some nights and i was sooo exhausted! not to mention getting very frustrated. when corbin turned 8 months old, he started rolling over onto his stomach in his sleep at night, he seemed more comfortable that way. so when i finally decided to put him in his own bed, i layed him on his stomach. i nurse him to sleep and in a dark, quit room with maybe just the tv on low. when he's sleeping, i put him in his bed. if he wakes up when i lay him down i turn on some music and pat his butt. i just keep shhh shhh shhh but i try not to pick him up. if he starts screaming i pick him up and sway or bounce him. when he's calmed down and showing signs of being sleepy, i try again. it'll probably take a few weeks, but don't give in and take him to your bed. it will be hard and you may be more exhausted trying to do this, but all your hard work will pay off and you'll all be getting more sleep. corbin only wakes up twice a night now at the most, but usually he sleeps 5-8 hours at a time before waking up. good luck! :)

Dea - posted on 03/28/2011

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it was at this point in my marriage that mommy and daddy slept in different bedrooms :) really, I don't know how your family works, but in mine I always knew that I would eventually do all the wife stuff again, but the mommy baby stuff was a pretty darned high priority. I understood that hubby had to work, I didn't, and my baby needed me. I was fully committed to having an attached child, which for us meant letting our babies wean when they wanted and night nursing was a massive part of that.

In the grand scheme of things keeping me and the baby together was best for us. daddy and I had date night and eventually the kids grew up and out of our bed.

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