Kirianna’s sleep has been all over the place. Sometimes she sleeps through the night, sometimes she’s up for a few hours unable to get back to sleep, sometimes she wakes just once and will doze off while being held.
One commonality is that we’ve been unable to put her in her bed and just have her sleep. I do not want to drop her in and let her cry it out – it might buy us time now if it works, but it feels like doing wrong by her and also is no guarantee against future issues. In fact, big brother Tristan slept very well after being dropped in his crib and crying for 5 minutes, but he had issues from the moment he could climb out of his crib until he was 4 years old. Not only that, we have big brother Tristan’s current sleeping to think about, which would be quite disrupted by a screaming baby. So nursing to sleep has worked thusfar, but we’re getting ready to cut that out (which will end breastfeeding, as it’s the only time she gets a boob since we’ve cut out the last feedings).
However, I managed to get her to sleep in her own bed tonight! She was quite obviously very tired, but unable to go to sleep on the breast. I put her in her bed and put on a projector music box thingie. At first she wasn’t having any of it, but she was able to calm down while I petted her, and then while my hand was on her chest, and she finally turned over and went to sleep. I really hope that this starts the precedent for one baby sleeping in her own bed.