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Help! I'm a pacifier and can't sleep...

I co sleep with my 3 month old lil girl and she has decided she only wants to sleep with a boob in her mouth... I don't mind nursing her to sleep but I cannot sleep with her nursing all night! Any advice? I don't want to CIO. She is a very sensitive sleeper from day one. Will NOT sleep by herself, wakes as soon as she is put down.

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  • PamT
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    PamT April 29, 12:21 PM
    I would try nursing her to drowsy, not quite asleep and then put her down. At this age, I often needed a transitional sleep space--bouncy seat or swing and then moved to sleeping space when really knocked out.
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  • jl.campbell
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    jl.campbell April 30, 5:16 AM
    Will your little one take a pacifier? I found that when I nurse my little one until very drowsy then do a quick switch to a pacifier, they often drift off to sleep! We also use a swing until they are in a deep sleep and then move to our sleeping space!
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  • megganhartman
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    megganhartman May 06, 6:32 AM
    Hi!

    Yes, it can be very tiring to be the paci for your LO. As a sleep consultant, I do work with this issue a lot. This may not be new news to you, but she seems to have a sleep association with the breast and the work is to gently shift this association away from you to her self soothing. She may or may not have developed all the necessary skills to fully self sooth. We are normally waiting for them to roll as the final skill set they need to self sooth all the way. BUT you can start teaching her to sleep without the breast. I have attached the rinse and repeat method for you to look at. I do recommend baby or partner to help with this transition. Even if it is just for bedtime. How they fall asleep at bedtime really sets the pace for the rest of the. So maybe just focus on bedtime, or from bedtime to midnight. Once you have accomplished that, then work on the second half of the night. I will say that there could be more crying (and this method is very similar to Elizabeth Pantley's No Cry Sleep Solutions) if mom does this method than dad. Sometimes having mom there and them not having access to the breast is too confusing and increases night wakings.

    Warmly
    Meggan
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