My 11 month old used to nurse then go to sleep in the swing because it was the only way he would sleep. He has slept most of his life in the swing because he'd nap there for 2 hours and be rested whereas when I put him in the crib he would 1) Wake up immediately 2) he would sleep only a half hour and be cranky and would not go back to sleep. The same went for bedtime, he would just sleep longer in the swing.
Just the past two weeks he has been yelling when I put him in his swing that he has loved for so long. I didn't know what think of it at first. So now he just wants to nurse and go to sleep that way. But by some miracle he lets me put him in the crib after he falls asleep in my arms. Yeah, that might sound weird for me to say but getting him in the crib without the swing is such a big deal for him!
The big problem is that if he doesn't go to sleep while he nurses he just gets up like he was never sleepy but just seconds before he seems like he is absolutely about to fall asleep. I let him go back and play because I don't know what else to do. What is the AP way to handle this? Last time I let him co-sleep with me he nursed like all night....I guess because he knew his milk was nearby. I like AP parenting and I will not let him Cry it Out, It just isn't my style. I don't co-sleep because I don't go to bed at the same time he does and sometimes he wakes up to nurse more often if I'm right next to him.
I'm just really lost with what I'm supposed to do. It's really one of the most frustrating parts of my life right now. I feel like I'm failing him because he's not getting a healthy amount of sleep and it's stressing me out. I need guidance, what would you suggest? And if you suggest a book, please suggest a specific method.
I've already posted this question in other groups but haven't got any answers so I'm also posting it here.
Answer by mmmegan38 at 11:26 PM on Jan. 3, 2011
Answer by LindaClement at 11:30 PM on Jan. 3, 2011
Answer by khedy at 1:10 AM on Jan. 4, 2011