Re: Nursing baby to sleep at 3 mos -- bad habit?
My DD is just 1 year old now, but she stopped nursing to sleep around 3 months for most bedtimes and some naps. I usually have to rock her to sleep after nursing, which gets exhausting when she's fighting. I say enjoy it while you can, like PP said. Our sitter once experimented with putting DD in her crib and letting her fall asleep for a nap, and she did it, but I guess she looked obviously tired before she tried it. We've noticed so many books and articles say to put baby down when they're drowsy -- we do not normally have that state! We have wired and awake, or fully asleep, for the most part. We can't put DD down for bed or nap time while she's awake and have her fall asleep on her own. But if she wakes up during the night and I nurse her, I can usually put her back down without her being entirely asleep and she'll kick and roll and eventually fall asleep. So all this to say, all babies are different, but you may see some gradual changes you can work with as your LO gets older. Even with rocking being exhausting and often frustrating, I always enjoy the time alone with my baby. I try to think, "What do I have to do that's better than this, really?" Nothing I can think of!
Mom to my sweet little "Pooper," born 10/12/11, and "Baby Brother," born 6/23/2014, and married to heavy metal husband. Working more than full-time, making healthy vegetarian meals for family, and trying to keep up with exercise routine.