At 6-months-old, our 20lb child still goes to sleep one of two ways: Either by being nursed to sleep or rocked to sleep. These days, sometimes it takes both. Either her father or I will rock her (after putting her snugly in our Ergo Sport carrier). We put on our white noise machine or even better some Chet Baker or John Coltrane ballads. We do, after all, have a Jazz Baby. It usually doesn’t take very long, especially if we tap her bum to the beat of the music.
On the rare occasion we manage to get the sleeping baby out of the carrier into bed without waking her. Most often though, she wakes up a little, so I get in bed beside her and nurse her off to Lala Land.
Maybe it’s not ideal and it might sound crazy to some people. But we haven’t come up with any other alternatives.
I am completely unwilling to let my baby Cry It Out in whatever form it takes. I read this article and remembered why before Babe was born we decided we would never go that route.
So, that’s where we’re at. We still rock out 6-month-old to sleep. And to be honest, it’s not really that horrible.