I decided to cross-post this here, because bed-sharing tends to be a "naturally-minded" thing to do... might be more people who can contribute than just on my BB!
I absolutely adore bed-sharing with Beni- it's fabulous.
I'm only have one small problem- bed time. She is finally (since arriving in Angola) giving indications of when would be a good time for her to go to bed before getting cranky and over-tired. It would be between 9:30 and 10. By 10 she starts getting a little fussy, and by 10:30 she's crying if she's not in bed.
Now the thing is, at any point between 9 and 11 if I go lay down with her, she'll immediately start nursing eyes closed and start drifting right off to sleep. The problem is that so far, I have not been able to get back up myself and leave her in bed without her waking up. She notices right away (or within 10 minutes) when I'm gone and fully wakes up! So, obviously this is just a problem because all too often, 9:30 rolls around pretty darn quickly, and I'm no where near ready for bed! So what's been happening is that DH will just walk around with her, soothing her while I try to hurry up and finish whatever I'm doing in the evening. I can tell it's stupid though- he's only having to soothe her because she's awake when she shouldn't be and is cranky and tired.
So...is there any trick to being able to put her down and get her to stay for a while by herself? I'm happy to go to bed between 11 and 12- and have been going around 10:30, but it would be nice to figure out a way to do it without stressing her out! I don't mind taking the time to nurse her down, etc- I just wish she would stay asleep! The weird thing is, that she always did this in the States- she would fall asleep when she was tired at night, and then I would put her down, and she would stay down until I went and joined her. So...any advice would be appreciated!