On Monday I decided it was time to take drastic action.
Not only had Teresa become more and more dependent on nursing to get to sleep, especially after a growth spurt last week, but she had also become extremely proficient at rolling from her back to her tummy and, unfortunately, had not yet figured out how to lay calmly while on her tummy. Hence she was having more and more trouble getting to sleep on her own and when she was asleep, if she rolled onto her tummy became immediately hysterical. Quite the recipe for disaster in the sleep department. Sunday night she had fallen asleep, was laying peacefully on her back without nursing and began to whimper from some dream. The she began getting upset from the dream and rolled over. Then she was hysterical. It was simply too big an obstacle to just live with.
Monday she began the lesson, difficult for her, of calming herself, in particular while on her tummy. She struggled quite a bit in the beginning but gradually got better throughout the day and managed to fall asleep by herself in her crib 4 times. She still nursed to sleep at bedtime and I was surprised she woke to nurse at 12 something, 2 something, 4 something and 6 something. She had eaten sufficiently on Monday and napped less than usual. But after that 6:15-6:45 feeding, she slept 3 more hours. I suspect she would not need to eat so much during the night if she wasn't lying right beside me. But I have always found it best to altar naptime routines first and then adjust nighttime routines, so one thing at a time.
After she had been up almost 2 1/2 hours, she was looking really sleepy. I laid her down in her crib and without a sound she simply fell asleep on her back and slept an hour. My goal is to encourage her falling asleep on her own in her crib so that she can do so at bedtime as well. She has always been a high-strung baby desiring to suck on something - me, my arm, her fingers, her toes, a toy - anything! - and has always been a pretty sensitive sleeper. In short, she is a pretty demanding, high-maintenance little baby but that is why I didn't worry too much about her sleep habits in the first few months. That and all the complications of all our travel and moving in her first few months.
But she is now 4 1/2 months old. It is time. So hoping this keeps going well!!!