Re: Where to from here...
It's totally normal for a toddler to want to nurse all the time at night. If the baby is getting plenty to eat during the day, she's probably not night-nursing out of hunger, but rather to help herself through the very normal sleep disruptions that come with teething and development. At a year of age, there's an excellent chance that your baby is working on either her canines or her 1 year molars or both at once. Ouch!
IMO, it's a myth that it's harder to break patterns with an older child. In my experience, it's actually easier to change things with an older kid, because they can understand the goals better, and because they are able to accept a more varied set of comfort strategies. A young baby can really only be comforted by nursing or cuddling. An older child can also be comforted with a story, or a back rub, or a lullaby, or the promise of a reward in the morning if she will do something like sleep in her own bed. And daddy can take over a lot of the comforting as the baby gets less attached to nursing.
If you enjoy the ease of co-sleeping and night-nursing, there is absolutely no reason to think that you need to make a plan to change things. Don't borrow trouble from the future. Just let everything unfold naturally- eventually your child will sleep in her own bed and self-wean from nighttime feeding, I promise! It just might not happen on a time table that fits your desires/needs. So if and when co-sleeping and night-nursing become a problem, then you go ahead and start making changes.
ETA: I am sure your baby's cot is beautiful. Mine was also lovely. I never really used it for my babies, though. It was useful, but pretty much only as storage for clean and not yet folded laundry! I think a lot of nursing, co-sleeping moms will also say that the cot/crib was one of their less valuable investments. Oh well!
Last edited by @llli*mommal; November 6th, 2013 at 08:05 AM.
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