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I never planned to be the only way she would fall asleep. There have been several times she has just cuddled up and fallen asleep. She still wakes up, usually only when cutting teeth, to nurse. I don't really notice since she's in my bed.
This is one thing I'd like to put an end to. Lets just cuddle and go to sleep.
we stopped nursing to sleep and only to sleepy first and that right there improved her sleep tremendously, then about 10 months later we night weaned. She was 22 months and 31 months respectively. For stopping nursing to sleep, we would read books, nurse until sleepy, read one last book, then go to sleep, instead of nursing until she was ASLEEP.
I nursed Avery to sleep until she was about 1. At that point, I would nurse her on the couch right before bedtime and then her daddy would take her in the bedroom, read stories, and rock her to sleep in the rocking chair.
On days when he wasn't around, I would nurse on the couch and then do the same. we are at the point now where we read stories in bed and then lay together/cuddle until she goes to sleep.
In terms of at night, we night weaned at 16 months. Avery was sleeping in her own room on a queen sized mattress, and we would cosleep from the point she woke up (usually right when I went to bed or shortly after) until morning. At first when we night weaned we sent daddy in for a few days instead of me. It went pretty well and her sleep improved dramatically right away. Once it was me again she did expect to nurse and did get upset but it didn't last long.
We had prepared her for that using "nursies when the sunshine" books and just reminding her constantly that "num nums are for day time".
Also reminding her before bed "when you wake up tonight, daddy is going to come to you. We don't nurse at night time anymore".
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Avery Elizabeth (08/27/2011) & Dawsyn Brielle (10/29/2013)
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