When BreastFeeding seems to not be enough. HELP

Rita M. - posted on 03/03/2012 ( 2 moms have responded )

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So my daughter is now 1 year and 5 months old, she is gaining the BAD HABIT of only sleeping if she is in our bed between us. I know this can be bad later on, and I want to nip this in the bud now. What can I do? It's even a war to get her to sleep, I BF her and suddenly she burst out crying hysterically. Right now its 6am and I put her in her crib 20 mins ago. I don't know what to do, I even put a nightlight to see if it will help her sleep and she has my pillow. Please help, any advice???????

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Ania - posted on 03/04/2012

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Don't worry about bad habits. Babies grow out of this when they are ready. I can tell you from experience. She is still little and wants to sleep with you and it is completely normal. most kids are ready at 1 year old to sleep on their own. Just give her what she wants right now.

Lori - posted on 03/03/2012

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Are you worried about a bad habit later... or do you really want her to start sleeping in her own crib now. Babies are designed to want/need to be close to their parents, and that includes at night time. She will grow out of it. It's not like she'll be going off to hight school still wanting to sleep between you and your husband.



However... if you really want to get her sleeping in her own crib now (for you...not because others say you should)... I'd take it in small steps. First, let her fall asleep in your bed with you, then see if you can move her to her own crib while she's asleep. If she wakes up, bring her back to your bed for a while. Let her know that even if she's in her own bed you'll still respond to her needs.



What is your current routine? Does she spend any of the night in her own bed without crying?

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