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catlike1979 Fri 24-Jun-16 11:17:05

Anyone else do this? I feed to sleep for pretty much all of DS's naps (5 months old) except if we go out in pram. Drowsy but awake has never really worked for us, and I admit I don't have patience for rocking as DS just kicks and wriggles.

If it works - should I be trying to change it? Or just go with what works?

SingingMyOwnSpecialSong Fri 24-Jun-16 11:24:37

If it works for you go with it. I still feed 17-month-old DD to sleep for most of her naps, although she will fall asleep in buggy or car too. I work part-time so it fits in fine most of the time and gives me a chance to have a cuddle with her/rest/chill myself too. Have to say I don't tell many people as I can't be bothered with the judgy looks and comments. Had to develop a thick skin when DM (who is shocked enough by the extended bf) stayed recently.

MammyHester9116 Fri 24-Jun-16 11:56:10

My ds is nearly 6 months and I still feed to sleep apart from when we are on the car and pram!
He starts at a cm in September so I guess he will learn to fall asleep without me soon and hopefully that will transfer to the evening too!

Shittak Fri 24-Jun-16 13:50:29

Yep, feed five month old to sleep for all naps unless in car or buggy. Glad to see others do, too.

I secretly love it. Those sleepy feeds are so sweet; when he's so milk drunk he falls asleep on my boob like it's the best place in the world to him.

I also get to waste time on MN without being disturbed

I'm not going back to work until he's 12 months and I'm just assuming he'll have learnt how to fall asleep without a boob in his mouth by then hmm

SpongeCakeBigPants Fri 24-Jun-16 13:55:47

Do exactly what works for you and your child. If you're happy and your baby is happy then continue as you are. Ignore all the rod for your own back rubbish.

Coconut0il Fri 24-Jun-16 14:07:37

I always feed DS2, 10 months to sleep. If it works and everyone is happy then go with it.

Timetogrowup2016 Fri 24-Jun-16 16:15:37

I do occasionally with four month old dd. It works. However it is annoying when I can see she needs winding which wakes her up...

Iguessyourestuckwithme Fri 24-Jun-16 16:17:43

Reasons not to are
# they will struggle week they're older
# you can't leave them for a day/night

But horses for courses

Starspread Fri 24-Jun-16 16:18:12

I do it with 7 month old and (whisper it) tend to stay close by for cuddly snuggly naps, rather than getting on with laundry or whatever. Fuck it, I'll remember this heavy sweaty little head in my arms when I am old and grey. I won't remember a nice empty laundry basket.

Coconut0il Fri 24-Jun-16 16:39:42

Totally agree stars. DS2 is definitely my last baby so I want as many cuddles as possible.
Did the same with DS1, 12 and he has never had any sleep issues. Once BF had finished he had a story/songs and a cuddle instead.
If I'm out DP just settles DS2 in a different way, sometimes he walks him, sometimes he pushes him back and forth in the pushchair. Feeding to sleep has never stopped me going out but bottle refusing made it a bit harder, just had to time it right.

Shittak Fri 24-Jun-16 18:01:15

Yep, last baby here too.

Memories of having a sleepy little head on me are far more precious than being able to leave them for a day. These days are extremely short. I miss DS1 being a snuggly thing; I now have to pin him down for a cuddle. I intend to make the most of it with DS2.

Do what you feel is best and what fits you and your baby. Ignore 'rod for your own back' bullshit comments.

dinodiva Fri 24-Jun-16 22:20:26

Yep, still feed to sleep for naps with 9m old DD. It generally works, that's why I do it. I just can't be arsed to spend hours patting or picking up and putting down. And I love watching her little eyes go heavy as she gets sleepy. It won't be forever (I go back to work in September) and I want to keep her as mine for as long as I can.

catlike1979 Sat 25-Jun-16 08:58:17

So pleased to hear all your responses ladies, makes me feel better - I'm going to keep on doing it and enjoy it! :-) x

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