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OrchidFlakes Mon 18-Feb-13 22:22:45

I feed DS (6 months) to sleep at night, over night and for naps. He will sleep in his pram or in the car but when at home fed to sleep and popped in his cot.

My question is this... Will he learn, in his own time, to self settle?

Right now I'm not fussed about stopping, it works, quick, stress free but when I go back to work (not for another 6 months) will I have to train him off of it or will he get the idea of falling asleep on his own?

PigeonPie Mon 18-Feb-13 22:28:47

Yes he will learn eventually. Well, in my experience he will!

DS2 was like this and actually fed to sleep at night till he was 26 months. However, since the day he gave up bf completely he has gone to sleep beautifully in the evening all on his own and in good time, which was very different from his brother.

Of course, no two children are the same, but DS2 learnt to self settle. I hope your DS does smile

OrchidFlakes Mon 18-Feb-13 22:40:41

Thank you. I hope he will too, I just can't bring myself to 'train' him to stop doing something that obviously feels natural and soothing to him

PigeonPie Mon 18-Feb-13 22:43:00

I think that if it feels natural it's fine. I did exactly the same and wouldn't have done it any differently. DS2 is now five and is still great at going to sleep at bed time.

tory79 Mon 18-Feb-13 22:48:06

Yes, I fed my ds to sleep (in fact I still do for most of his naps, he's 17m now) and he just gradually stopped of his own accord. I still feed him right before he goes in to his cot, but normally now he just pulls away when he's finished and I pop him in to his cot awake, He is usually then pretty good about just getting himself to sleep. I didn't do anything to encourage this, he just got there in his own time! I would say this started happening probably when he was around a year old.

OrchidFlakes Mon 18-Feb-13 22:48:11

I love our quiet time together, it's precious to me so happy to muddle on grin

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