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Extended BF what is your night time routine

LO and I have made it to one year EBF.  I am beyond happy that we have made it this far and have no plans to stop nursing. However, I am rethinking our current night routine.   We have done the bath, boob, bed from the start.  LO will sometime fall asleep while nursing and other times she won't. She has no problem going down awake and falling asleep on her own (thanks to sleep easy). While I love our current routine I worry that LO is getting older and that I wont always be home to nurse her in the future.  I am curious what other extended BF do for their night time routine.  Any advice, tips or suggestion?

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  • at 8:45 or so I go upstairs with my 18 month old and she nurses on the left side.  Then demands the other side.  Then the other side again.  Then the other side.  Then the other side.  After nursing about 3,255 times on each side she rolls over on the pillow next to me and goes to sleep.  Then I move her to the crib.

    I don't mind nursing her at night but it's getting ridiculous.

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  • We still have the same routine at 17 months but he no longer falls asleep while nursing, unless he is extremely overtired. When he would fall asleep 50% of the time, DH and I decided that once we got back from summer vacation we would nurse at the beginning of the bed time routine to encourage him to fall asleep on his own. We never did end up changing the routine. He pops off when he done and quietly waits for me to put him in his crib. No fuss at all.

    If your LO is making a similar change on her own, I don't think you need to change a routine you both like. DH has been able to simply lay him in his crib to fall asleep if I'm not around. He rocked him for a little bit first, but it worked.

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  • When I wasn't home, DS would get a bottle or sippy cup of milk before bed.
  • We are very similar to you in routine.  Sometimes he falls asleep nursing, other times he falls asleep after.

    But there are plenty of times that I'm not home at bedtime and he has no issue with falling asleep for DH or who ever is putting him down.

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    at 8:45 or so I go upstairs with my 18 month old and she nurses on the left side.  Then demands the other side.  Then the other side again.  Then the other side.  Then the other side.  After nursing about 3,255 times on each side she rolls over on the pillow next to me and goes to sleep.  Then I move her to the crib.

    I don't mind nursing her at night but it's getting ridiculous.

    No advice here.  

    I laughed when I read this!  I bet it can be ridiculous some nights but the  whole switching sides is too cute.

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  • Thanks for all the advice ladies.  I think LO would go down without me but I have not tried it yet.  I am probably making a bigger deal of this than I should. 
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  • Ours sounds exactly like yours.  We do dinner, bath, nurse, bed.  Some nights he falls asleep at the breast and some nights he doesn't.  When he doesn't DH will take him to his room, read him a story and put him in his crib.  He has no trouble falling asleep on his own.  He's 16 months (on the 25th) and I have no plans to change as it's working for us right now.

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    Thanks for all the advice ladies.  I think LO would go down without me but I have not tried it yet.  I am probably making a bigger deal of this than I should. 

    It probably will be easier if you are not at home. My LO would go down for my parents or DH even when I was putting her to bed nightly if I didn't happen to be home for bedtime.

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    Thanks for all the advice ladies.  I think LO would go down without me but I have not tried it yet.  I am probably making a bigger deal of this than I should. 

    It probably will be easier if you are not at home. My LO would go down for my parents or DH even when I was putting her to bed nightly if I didn't happen to be home for bedtime.

    That makes sense.   I make a point to always be home at her bed time so no one else has ever had to put her to bed.  She will nap for H when I am not home so I think she would go down at night if I am not around.

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  • My LO was like yours at that age and it really was quite easy from then on to get out for dinner and a movie. The first time we did it, I nursed him before we left (before bath) and he slept all night. I did start adding singing a lullaby to him between nursing and bed, so that became his new "it's bedtime" signal. If we left earlier, I would just skip the last feeding and have the sitter offer him a snack before his bath.
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  • We are very similar to you in routine.  Sometimes he falls asleep nursing, other times he falls asleep after.

    But there are plenty of times that I'm not home at bedtime and he has no issue with falling asleep for DH or who ever is putting him down.

    This is my experience with DS as well.
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  • LucyD1029 said:
    When I wasn't home, DS would get a bottle or sippy cup of milk before bed.
    This exactly.  He does fine when I'm not home.  I try to be home for bed time, but when I can't DH gives him milk.
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