My baby is 7 months old now. I have been breastfeeding and bed sharing from the day she was born. Now I would like to start slowly moving her into her own cot, which will be next to my bed. And I also would like to try to stop night time feeding or at least reduce it to once per night comparing to 2 to 3 times at the moment.
Did anyone use a method to how to move the baby into cot and would they be able to share it with me? I’ve tried to put her to sleep in her cot a few times and she would really get upset and sometimes it would take me up to 2 hours to settle her. And I do let her play in the cot during the day so she is familiar with it.
Regarding the night time feeding I’ve been reading some books and most of them suggest to breastfeed but not to let the baby fall asleep on the breast, so the baby stops associating sleep with breastfeeding. My DD is obviously used to falling asleep while she is breastfeeding but a lot of times she actually falls asleep on her own. For example sometimes I feed her in the middle of the night and she doesn’t fall asleep straightaway so I just let her lie in bed next to me and go back to sleep. When I wake up an hour later or so I find her being in deep sleep. I also keep an eye on her on the video monitor during her day naps. Sometimes (not all the time) she wakes up after 30 to 45 minutes and starts moving around. I don’t go to her straightaway and just wait and sometimes after like 10 – 15 minutes of moving around she goes back to sleep on her own!
So I was thinking if she CAN fall asleep on her own, why does she still wakes up several times at night? I don’t think she is really hungry. It’s so confusing. Most of the time she only goes to sleep when I put her on the breast. But then there are the other times like I told before.
So I don’t know if all this sounds confusing, but if anyone has got an advice on how I can slowly achieve my goals please share it with me.