So my eight month old has a sleep association. She WILL NOT fall asleep without my boob in her mouth. I guess I'm to blame, for letting her nurse to sleep, it was just so much easier because she was very colicky when she was younger.
Well now I have to break her of this because I am returning to work in a few weeks and I alternate day-evening shifts. She has begun daycare progressively and she WILL NOT sleep there either (nap). She cries the whole time she is lain down, and wakes up the other children.
She is VERY curious and has never been a big napper, starting when she was three months old we couldn't get her to sleep anywhere but her crib. She is very good at fighting her sleep and will spend 8-10 hours without napping easily if we're out. She sleeps 8 hours at night, nurses and sleeps another 3-4 hours. However she will not go to sleep without my boob.
We have tried rocking (me or someone else), walking, reading,singing, and giving her a bottle. She has a routine, a blankie, a pacifier and an aquarium that plays soothing noises.
Does anyone know how to break this sleep association ? Oh and the cry-it-out part !!! I felt pretty opposed to cry it out but my husband says it's necessary and I really can't find any good arguments against it any more as he is the one having to deal every evening. Plus I would rather we start this when I'm still around.
We gave it our first go tonight and it was horrible !!!
We put her down, every five minutes one of us went in to soothe her, hum, rub her belly, if she was really panicked pick her up and help her settle then put her down again saying night night we love you. Did I mention she is pretty strong-willed ?? She cried for three hours !!! By this time, she was due for another feed, so I nursed her, and you guessed, she fell asleep on my boob ! Again ! So what now ? I refuse to go through this every night, but it will eventually end up happening anyway when I go back to work... If you tried cio, how long till it got better ? Umm, yeah... so the anti-c-i-o haters, do you actually have any useful suggestions, or do you just feel the need to diss on my parenting ? 'cause she WILL cry continually for my boob when I'm at work, so we're hoping to make the transition easier by getting her used to falling asleep without it when I'm still around to soothe her...
But please, don't actually ANSWER my question, god forbid; obviously you have TONS of other tricks to solve this situation, you just don't want to share them with a cruel unfit parent like me ! LOL