We co-sleep everynight. My baby does not sleep, only cat naps during the day, and wakes several times during the night. Now that I'm part time here on out, and even though DH is gone until March-April, I've decided it's time. She has a crib and she's gonna use it! We've always had a pretty good routine, but have been using my bed to nurse since it knocks her out. Now, I'm sleep training. She's almost 10 1/2 months and needs to learn how to soothe without me. Tonight, I nursed her in our glider in her nursery, played her mobile, and then I layed her down in her crib sleepy but awake. I'm having a bit of a hard time emotional from listening to her cry so hard and calling, "mamamamamama." But, after a 30 minutes, going in her room to rub her back a couple times, picking her up and rocking her, SHE"S OUT!!!! I don't know how long she will be out for, but I'm assuming she exhausted herself. I need suggestions/encouragement on what do's/don'ts or anything else you may find helpful.
She knows the music of the mobile because on some of the past successful nights she has fallen asleep to it. I hope by me popping in the room to help soothe isn't making things worse. I put her paci in her bed with her, and a snuggly blanket pal to keep her company. I would say for night #1 it went well, but I think I will need to be disciplined as well.
If she wakes in the middle of the night, what do you think I should do? BF in her room and put her back in her crib? What if it starts the cycle all over again at 3am? Just give her a paci? She's used to getting the boob when she wakes at night, I don't want to change too much on her too soon. I hope I don't cave and just put her in bed with me because I might be too tired!
TIA for any suggestions/encouragement!!!!