Pregnancy and the family bed

Anna - posted on 03/28/2011 ( 1 mom has responded )




So I will try to make this as brief as possible. My daughter is 12months old and nowhere near sleeping through the night. She wakes up to nurse in bed with us 2-3x a night, which is fine by me, they're only young once and it's not a race anyway. I get enough sleep. Thing is though, if anything, she's getting harder in that she doesn't transfer back to her crib well anymore. I would return to co-sleeping except that I have recently discovered myself *ahem* unexpectedly expecting. So for the first time I am beginning to feel as though there is countdown ticking away to the time where I can't have her in our bed anymore (I am NOT comfortable with 2 babies in bed, my husband even less so, safety issues aside, I need at least some space and things are bordering on to close for comfort already. Did I mention my daughter kicks?).

So my question is, what are some gentle ways in which I can urge her into her own bed again and hopefully cut down the night time nursings significantly? I wish didn't feel the need to rush, and the new baby is still 7 months out, so I know I have some time. I just want the transition process to be as graduaI and gentle as possible.
Also, I don't really want to wean altogether, I am just trying to free myself up during the night as much as I can in anticipation of the new baby, who we intend to co sleep with, at least in the beginning.


Lise - posted on 03/28/2011




Have you tried a toddler bed? My daughter hates her crib but likes her toddler bed.

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