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July 11th, 2013, 09:46 AM
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Alright so I accidentally got Gabriel into the habit of falling asleep by snuggling with me. I didn't mean to it was a bad choice on my part so now in order for him to go to sleep he HAS to be held and snuggled.... it used to not be an issue but now that hes probably over 20 lbs and huge I cant hold him all the time, I have other mommy stuff to do ya know clean, cook things like that. Don't get me wrong i believe in holding babies, its just getting to be an issue...

BUT I have to say I'm kinda excited... today will be the second time this week I put him down for a nap without the snuggling thing. I did have to hold his hand though and it took a bit longer and a lot of crying but it worked! I think we are gonna work on hand holding to go to sleep and then I'm gonna try to wean him off that when hes comfortable. I'm not quite sure how to do that though. I've read about good sleep habits but not how to fix bad ones... lol. FTM yeah I accept that title lol

2/18/12 (7weeks)

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July 11th, 2013, 02:08 PM
minalyn's Avatar MOMMY to Evan 1/7/13
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What about a security blanket? It will suck at first but I believe if he can do it twice he can make it a routine Good luck.

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July 13th, 2013, 08:59 PM
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Yeah, or if the hand-holding is working, maybe a toy about the size of a finger that he can grip as he falls asleep? We sometimes use a lullaby CD that works really well when we're not rocking him to sleep. We use it when we rock him, too, so it's the same CD all the time, and very familiar.

This is tough. The cuddling is nice, but it's nice to have time to vacuum, too!
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July 14th, 2013, 05:22 PM
BeamerMarie- Due Jan 2012
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I'm sort of the in the same boat. My hubby left for Afgahnistan and I'm still nursing. She's becoming more and more dependent on nursing. Sometimes she refuses the bottle and keeps looking for the boobs. She won't go to sleep without boobs. Will not! Used to not be an issue. Weird thing is, she's in daycare 40 hours a week and handles bottles just fine. She won't take a bottle from ME. Argh!
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