Re: Nursing baby to sleep at 3 mos -- bad habit?
I always figured that "bad" habits were the ones with the potential to harm the baby/child. If you go by that definition, there's nothing bad about nursing to sleep. It's normal, and it's temporary. That being said, it can also be an inconvenient habit for a mom who wants to occasionally skip her child's bedtime. If this inconvenience truly troubles you, I suggest taking a look at Elizabeth Pantley's book "The No-Cry Sleep Solution" for some breastfeeding-friendly, non-cry-it-out methods for getting a baby to sleep more independently.
One thing that I think you should free yourself of is any fear that parenting your child to sleep is somehow a permanent situation or an abnormal one. Most kids need to be parented to sleep until they are well into childhood. Kids who have been weaned still need to be guided through their nightly routines- bath, brush teeth, pajamas, potty break, story, tuck in... But these routines naturally become easier and shorter as time goes on and the child becomes more independent.
Coolest thing my big girl said recently: "How can you tell the world is moving when you are standing on it?"
Coolest thing my little girl sang recently: "I love dat one-two pupples!"