i rocked and fed to sleep till my LO was 10 months. One day he stopped falling asleep on the bottle but i carried on rocking once he had finished his bottle. Then a few weeks later it started to take AGES to rock him to sleep, i was in there 1.5 hours the one night rocking him. So the next night i put him in his cot after his bottle, he was wide awake. I was expecting hours of tears but nope, after 20 mins and 2 resettles (laying him down and rubbing his back for 1 min) he was fast asleep. The second night i only had to go and resettle once and by the 3rd night he just went to sleep on his own My LO had been trying to tell me he was ready We still rock at nap times and i will do this until he no longer wants/needs it. From my experience your LO will let you know when they no longer want/need something.
I woud have carried on until he was 5 if he had wanted it
I'm totally the same! I'll carry on as long as Alex wants. One day, he'll be a smelly teenager that doesn't want his mommy to put him to sleep. I'll take what I can get until then
Yes, I still rock and jig and sing at the same time and he's a big boy. My arms used to ache when he was smaller, but they don't anymore. I'm sure he'll grow out of it in his own time. Every now and then though, he will go to sleep on his own.
Long shot but have you tried rocking to sleep in the carseat? My daughter will only fall asleep if fed or rocked, but really fights and screams if she's rocked on her back/shoulder in your arms. So as a last resort i tried some ferocious rocking in her carseat.
Worked a treat and now we use that to get her off for her naps.
First person ive read that does this too! It really does help!
Yep, we still do it. We do it in a rocking chair and once he is done with his bottle, we lay him down. He is usually fully asleep by the time we move him to his crib. But I've been seeing signs of him wanting to be left alone, especially when teething lifts off a bit (he's been teething non-stop for last three months).
I am also on the I'll do it for as long as it works camp.
My LO is 8 months old and I still rock him to sleep for naps.
I used to rock him to sleep at night but a few weeks ago he started really fighting me so I just sat with him laid on my chest while he calmed down the put him in his cot drowsy, after a minute or so of patting his back he was fast asleep.
I think he must have been ready to start sleeping on his own as if I don't put him down straight away he starts crying and pushing away from me.
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