Co-Sleeping at 7 months?

Liz - posted on 12/12/2010 ( 1 mom has responded )




My daughter is 7 months old. She has recently started disliking her crib. She slept in her crib in her room for 5 1/2 months. We didn't have any issues with it. All of the sudden she has started getting really upset at bedtime when it is time to lay in her bed. If I lay her in her crib, she will scream for hours on end. For the last week I have started laying her in the guest room at night. If I lay her on the bed, she falls asleep within minutes. She will self-soothe by sucking her thumb or playing with her blanket until she falls asleep. I have been sleeping with her. I can not bring her to bed in the master bedroom as my husband is a very light sleeper and the baby snores a bit. He does not get any sleep. She nurses 2 times during the night which is down from about 5 when she was sleeping in her own bed. She is already so attached to me that she will barely go to her dad when he gets home from work. This co-sleeping is making that even more pronounced.
My questions are,
Why do you think she is so against sleeping in her own bed all of the sudden (anxiety about being alone)?
How can i wean her back in to her own bed (or is it a good idea to try now before it is habit or to wait)?
If I do try to wean her back into her own bed, what should I try? I have laid her down, gave her a kiss and walked away, sat next to her crib, sat in the chair across the room, rocked her, tried to nurse her to sleep. If we are in her room, she is just on edge. There is nothing wrong with her room. No smells, sounds, the temperature is just as it is in the other rooms of the house. It was the guest room before baby and I slept in there many a night when I was sick or pregnant. HELP!


Cat - posted on 12/13/2010




If you want to cosleep - and more importantly, if that's what works best for your family - go for it :) Most children will stop cosleeping when they're ready for their own bed.
It could be any number of reasons, but to be honest, most babies just love to be close to Mom, and that makes biological sense - Mom means safety.
As far as weaning her to her own bed, that's up to you with your preferences. However, I will say that my daughter sleeps with us still (19 months) and we love it :) Since she's so busy running around (and making messes, of course) all day, it's nice to have that time when she's quiet and snuggly. Plus it has helped me to keep an eye on her respiratory issues. So there are definite advantages if you're interested in continuing :)

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