No one else can get my baby to sleep! Suggestions?

Tanio - posted on 12/30/2013 ( 1 mom has responded )




This is the first time I have ever posted anything anywhere, but I need help! My toddler is 17 months and I have 30 days to get him to fall asleep without being nursed to sleep. He never took the bottle or a binky, isn't attached to a lovey, and had an amazing capacity to stay up late. I refuse to do the cry-it-out method and have been co-sleeping since the beginning. My idea is to try to get him to fall asleep in his crib, where he has never slept...without the need to nurse to sleep. In the past when I had to work late, his caregivers had to either drive him (it is too cold now and he is too heavy now) or he would stay up til I got home from work at 10pm, which messed up his whole schedule. Thanks for any tips or even just support!


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ok so you described exactly what I had to do and did, just I am a stay at home mom. My daughter was 18 months old. practically still ebf, she was very forceful about it, and we co sleep. She would stay up all night and didn't really have a complete "favorite" toy yet.
First you need to wean. Since he has learned to go to sleep that way it will be confusing for him to get it during the day and then refused during the night. This will be hard because he will fight you. It will involve a few tantrums but you have to keep offering other forms of comfort (cuddles, songs, a drink, a story) during them and wear shirts he can't get into to help himself. Sports bras really help with blocking access and being engorged. During this phase you are essentially sleep training and weaning at once. I did this in my bed so she learned to sleep in a comfort zone. This took about 5 days total from start of weaning to a full 24 hours of no nursing.
During these days she started going to sleep on her own with a sippy cup or just passing out on the couch.
Once they know they don't go to sleep nursing anymore you can transition the new sleep routine to the crib.
My daughter is now a happier child, sleeps 12 hours straight, and eats wonderfully. She also has her favorite teddy she sleeps with all the time now.
She is 20 months old now so I think the rough 5 days were so worth it in the long run.

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