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To feel annoyed that my baby doesn't feed to sleep

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chipswithchips Thu 19-Oct-17 20:34:21

I know people reckon it’s a bad habit to get into but tbh I always just found it handy with my dd, 5m old DS never falls asleep on the boob no matter how tired he is and never has, apart from in the sleepy newborn first few weeks.

I feel a bit bereft!

Soubriquet Thu 19-Oct-17 20:36:17

That's a good thing

Means they learn to self soothe pretty quickly and don't need cuddling to sleep

Cherish it!!

chipswithchips Thu 19-Oct-17 20:38:39

Ha but he’s not self settling anymore, he was but we now have to cuddle him, or worse ROCK him to sleep, I’ve got a dodgy back at the mo so I’d much rather just be able to feed him into a slumber sad

DistractedByIrrelevance Thu 19-Oct-17 20:44:05

Oh YANBU. I know people go on about how it’s a terrible habit and blah blah blah, but with DC1 it was so easy to get him to sleep and I loved the cuddles and the sleepy stretches as he was done. DC2 is less convinced. It makes me sad.

otherdoor Thu 19-Oct-17 20:49:47

I know what you mean OP, mine was like this and I felt short changed! Must be nice to have something foolproof which works to get them to sleep.

Goldfishshoals Thu 19-Oct-17 20:49:54

That does sound tricky. I occasionally have to sing but feeding mostly works.

I always laugh at the advice to not feed a baby to sleep but instead have some complicated routine with baths/books etc - I can't recreate a routine if we're traveling/camping in a field/etc. But know what I do always have with me? My breasts.

Cheby Thu 19-Oct-17 20:53:19

YANBU. I love boobing mine to sleep, good job I do because she won't sleep any other way.

Get a sling, will make the cuddling and rocking easier. There is one huge upside to this, which is that other people can cuddle/rock and you could occasionally get some time off.

MrsA2015 Thu 19-Oct-17 20:54:57

Nono no no no no NOOOOOO my Dd is 2 this month and can only feed to sleep unless she’s in the pushchair or car seat. It’s so stressful

Calmanrose Thu 19-Oct-17 20:59:18

Mine never fed to sleep either... certainly didn't mean they could fall asleep without help though. Dummies, rocking, shhshing, patting etc for months and months

ownedbySWD Thu 19-Oct-17 21:02:55

They outgrow the habit eventually. I don't know why people get so stressed over the idea of feeding to sleep; we all have our little rituals that help us nod off, whether we are aware of them or not.

chipswithchips Thu 19-Oct-17 21:03:05

* I loved the cuddles and the sleepy stretches as he was done. DC2 is less convinced. It makes me sad*

Yes! Dd used to fall asleep and sleepily suck until she finally just unlatched and did a milky dribble smile.

Tbh she didn’t sleep through until about 14m so maybe it’s not such a good long term plan but for now I’d love to have that secret weapon again!

DrunkUnicorn Thu 19-Oct-17 22:13:38

I nurse my 4mo DS to sleep and I'm so glad to hear I'm not the only one. All the baby books make me feel like I'm doing something terrible confused

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