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Thread: the nursing transition: how did you get your lo to sleep without the boob?

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    Default the nursing transition: how did you get your lo to sleep without the boob?

    Alasdair will be 10 months next week. We still co-sleep, and he sleeps in our bed for naps. He still eats a lot throughout the night, too (which I'm hoping will start to stop). My question: I would like to start being able to put him down for naps without nursing him to sleep. From there, I plan to incorporate that into our nightly sleep schedule, slowly cutting out more and more feedings until we can sleep straight through from 11-6, or so.

    Today, it worked. I fed him in the morning and again about an hour + half later, then put him to sleep about 15 minutes after eating. We laid in bed together. He wanted to comfort nurse, but I kept stroking his head and belly, and finally, after about 25 minutes, he passed out. Again this afternoon, I was away and he was with my husband. He fell asleep with him as soon as he got tired.

    I hope this will continue---but it's the first day.
    Does this sound like an ok routine?

    What worked for you? thanks for sharing.
    ... mama to alasdair jonas, fifteen days late and (finally) born all natural on june 24, 2007.

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    Default Re: the nursing transition: how did you get your lo to sleep without the boob?

    I started adding different sleep associations (the Sears' Baby Sleep Book talks a lot about those). I would sing while I nursed him to sleep, for instance.
    Speaking of sleeping babies, mine just woke up from a nap, so I'd better go! More later.
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    Iryssa(24), DH(27)


    DS born Sept. 21 '07, 8.5lbs
    Nursed for the last time Oct. 20 '08

    DD born Jan. 20, '09, 8lbs 14oz

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    Default Re: the nursing transition: how did you get your lo to sleep without the boob?

    Anyway, yeah, different sleep associations, including a dark room, singing, and white noise (we use the humidifier because it's so stinkin' dry here anyway). After I figured that he was understanding that those things meant sleep too, I started to phase out the nursing sleep association by keeping him awake while he was nursing, then, once he was finished, I would hand him to DH while he was still awake, and DH would rock him or just hold him until he fell asleep. The first few times we did this, he cried for about twenty minutes, but I honestly don't think that's an issue so long as he wasn't doing it alone (it's actually a method they recommend in the Sears' The Baby Sleep Book).
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    Iryssa(24), DH(27)


    DS born Sept. 21 '07, 8.5lbs
    Nursed for the last time Oct. 20 '08

    DD born Jan. 20, '09, 8lbs 14oz

    http://healthymomnbaby.blogspot.com/
    http://www.xanga.com/iryssa

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    Default Re: the nursing transition: how did you get your lo to sleep without the boob?

    Also check out the "sleep or lack of it" forum- lots of good info there

    Good luck!

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