Because I have a bad back, and because it was so hard for me to lift Jane in and out of her crib, she ended up sleeping in our bed from the time she was about 6 months until the time she was almost 20 months. She was also still nursing (a lot) because it was just the easiest way for me to get her to sleep and when she would wake up next to me in the night, it was the easiest way to get her back to sleep. I don’t regret nursing her that long (in fact, although this post is dated in August, I am writing it in October, and I am still nursing Jane at least twice a day. I plan on stopping in November.) Anyway, the nights were getting longer and longer and she wasn’t sleeping for long periods at all so it was just too much for me.
So we finally decided to “sleep train” her and it went SO SMOOTHLY. The first day we did it during nap-time. She cried and cried and even eventually fell asleep in a standing position. That night she climbed right out of her crib and again, fell asleep in standing position.
So what we did on day one was have Adam go in first at 5 mintues, then at 10 minutes, then 15, and on and on until she went to sleep. Then that was it. She went to sleep on her own after day two with little to no problems. And here we are two months later and she is sleeping so much better (we are all sleeping so much better.)
I don’t regret co-sleeping with my babies. I would and will do it again. Jane was just needing to move on (and so was I because of my back and because I am expecting baby number four.) Anyway, even though it been two months, it’s still pretty glorious to lay her down in her own bed at night and not hear from her until morning.