Been a while since I posted! Still suffering through sleep deprivation with our 16mo, it improves from me persevering & then gets worse again from external factors. Anyways I have a job interview this week to return to work fulltime and would appreciate any insight.
Currently DS sleeps from 7-6am (1-6 night wakings) and is bf x 3 times a day, early morning, naptime around 11-12 which lasts between 1-2 hours (more like 1-1.5 hours usually) & then bf at bedtime. I usually bf him to sleep which I totally love but can see many advantages to not doing so..such as me gaining more time & encouraging DS to self settle. I need to be more proactive with bf until he is sleepy & placing him in cot while he is still awake. He has approx 200ml of cows milk in a sippycup supplemented with other dairy.
So many questions:
Returning to work I would love to continue to offer a bf for his nap but it is probably more appropriate to wean him off this feed..best way to wean him from this bf & cuddling him to sleep?
Should I introduce another form of comfort for sleeptime such as a bottle or sippy cup?
DS shares a room with his sibling so bedtime maybe difficult as they share a bedtime. I usually bf in my bed so no distractions. I could possibly get a chair for my room?
What other things could I introduce for comfort or establish as part of a new routine before I do go back to work? DS is very attached.
Am seeing big improvement in self settling but I am still doing ALOT of rocking/singing/patting throughout the night which I would like to eliminate totally! (We do not wish to do CIO though)