Settling a child at night after being weaned off the breast

Zulfa - posted on 09/30/2011 ( 2 moms have responded )

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hi, my 2yr 9mnth daughter has been weaned off the breast since three weeks ago. She usually sleeps in my bed however, i realise this is a perfect chance to get into her unused cot.She refuses to sleep next to me or in the same room and rather wonders around the house comforting herself with other family members. What can I do, this has only been since she has been weaned off the breast.Eventually when she is asleep she is put next to me, but the actual problem is getting her to bed and settled with me at a reasonable time as she does go to nusery and surely we both have an early start.

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Vicki - posted on 10/01/2011

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If she is refusing to sleep next to you then I'd look at getting a single bed for her rather than attempting a cot. I know my boy (2yrs, breastfeeding and co-sleeping) would find a cot completely alien and not a place to sleep. He plays in his cousin's but sleep? No way. At least with a single bed someone (doesn't have to be you) can lie down with her to settle her.

Katherine - posted on 09/30/2011

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Good for you for nursing so long!!!! Trying to do 2 things at once isn't going to work. You just weaned her, you can't expect her to get through that AND going to bed by herself. Do one or the other.

Let her seek comfort in others. That's not a bad thing. At least she is doing ok, it sounds like. I had both of my daughters sleep with me so I see nothing wrong with that either. Your daughter is the same age as mine. Just keep doing what you're doing and only try to make one adjustment at a time.

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