Take a cuddle toy and carry it with you on your skin during the day. (I had a little Winnie the Pooh stuffed between my breasts for some time.) Give it the mommy-smell, doesn't matter if it soaks up some of your sweat (that's good), you could even put some breast milk on it. Give it to him when you lay him down. Sing, rock him to sleep, make him laugh a bit and most of all -even though it might seem like babies don't understand - explain to him why you are doing all this. Say it loud. "I know you want to stay with mommy and I would love to hold you like this forever and a day, but I need you to go to sleep in your own bed now because it is time for a change. That's life. And even though I'm sleeping by your side I will allways be with you. Everything is good, mom and dad are just around the corner, right?"
Everything that promises comfort is good. Children need to know that they are taken care of.
at 6:40 PM on Feb. 28, 2009