@VicPark we don't really follow a routine. I loosely follow the feed play (feed) sleep routine. He doesn't tend to sleep for long without bein in my arms though.
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14-04-2014 15:03 #11
14-04-2014 17:16 #12
Ds2 has done thus a few times but mostly when he is teething.
Took a week of walking him to sleep in the sling but he got over it and went back to feeding to sleep.
Still doing it at 14 months.
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14-04-2014 17:45 #13Senior Member
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We've gone through stages of not wanting to feed to sleep. My DS is the same, if he doesn't fall asleep on the boob he pretty much won't go to sleep. I end up having to just hold him while he cries until he eventually goes to sleep But for some reason, he will settle for daddy so I usually hand over bed time to DF if he won't feed to sleep.
14-04-2014 17:52 #14
It could just be a breastfeeding strike? Is he still properly feeding during that bed time feed? Still keep offering him the feed and see if he falls back into settling on the b00b.
DS has had many breastfeeding strikes over his 20 months. He's still fed to sleep for his night sleep but we've just weaned him off his nap b 00bie. Even then he wasn't keen on the idea of no b00b.
ETA there's also a sleep regression around 4 months of age, perhaps he's still getting used to his different sleep pattern. Worth looking into.
The only way I could get DS to sleep when he was that age was to walk around with him if he wouldn't feed to sleep. He still needed that close comfort.
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01-07-2014 00:33 #15
Just a genuine polite question from a clueless newb. ..Why do people have a problem with babies nursing to sleep?
01-07-2014 00:44 #16
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01-07-2014 00:45 #17
Because it can cause a sleep association of only being able to get to sleep by feeding. So if they wake after a sleep cycle (usually 45 mins later) they may need to feed to sleep again since that's how they initially fell asleep. Same issue with a dummy, rocking, etc.
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01-07-2014 04:49 #18
I have fed to sleep, but stopped at about 3/4 months and taught to self settle gently.
9pm is quite a late bedtime. Maybe he's too tired by then and that's why he's fussy?
ETA - this is a bit old. How are you op?
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01-07-2014 04:50 #19
For the record I never fed to sleep as I wanted to avoid negative sleeping associations - she was still mostly a crap sleeper lol. I started feeding to sleep when we hit the 8 month sleep regression as there was no other way I could get her to sleep. It was a lifesaver over the next two months. Then she went back to self settling on her own.
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01-07-2014 05:11 #20
I guess it depends how badly you want to stop? If you want things to dramatically change then yes you need to stop feeding to sleep. About 5 months old is when my dd stopped feeding to sleep, because like you it just wasn't working for her anymore, it would make her more awake and so I started to wean her from feeding to sleep. It took a good 3-4 weeks and a few tears but essentially I had to establish a routine and switch her feeds to mid play ( in a quiet room). She got there and now goes down between 6-7pm, dreamfeeds a 9pm and then feeds again 5am back down til 8am. She is much happier as a result. Things I did were: use whatever else it took to get her to sleep (other than boob), this included driving in the car, rocking, singing, reading books just anything to show her she could do it without boobie plus used white noise and then I gradually weaned her from those things to placing in cot and patting, to no patting. It was a long tiresome process but the best thing I ever did. I should add that this is what worked for me and my family and may not work for others. Good luck OP, if you want any good books I can give you some names.
Addit: just realised this thread is really old so probably pointless reply.
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