I need to share my experience regarding my daughters sleep patterns and would really appreciate if anyone could give me some advice or share their own experience.
We struggled to put our daughter to sleep from day one. We tried to rock her, give her the dummy, push her in the pram etc. It took us hours! Then she would wake up after a few hours (as a newborn I nursed her several times during the night) and it took us another hour or so to put her back to sleep.
So one night, I was too tired to get up, so I took her to bed with us. She nursed and fell asleep straightaway. That was the first night we all slept. So I continued to nurse her in bed which eventually ended up in (safe) co-sleeping.
Co-sleeping still works out for us. My daughter is now three months old. The only problem at the moment is, that she goes to sleep at around 11pm - 11.30pm. She sleeps usually till 5am. Then she wakes up and I nurse her for 10 minutes and then she goes back to sleep till around 8am - 9am.
I have two concerns at the moment:
1. How can I get her to sleep earlier? (she also has three naps during the day, one in the morning (45min), one after lunch (2hrs) and one in the evening (45min)).
2. How long should I continue with co-sleeping? How can I gradually get her to sleep in her cot?
I would appreciate any advice or experiences with similar situations.