Re: 9 Month Old Sleep Issues
The problem is that you're letting her fall asleep on you. Even if you put her down to sleep on her own, she has still used you to fall asleep. When she wakes, she will need YOU to fall back to sleep again. Babies need to learn how to put themselves to sleep. Everyone wakes up at night, but we roll over and fall back to sleep. Babies will wake up and look to fall back to sleep the same way they went to sleep in the first place. So if you rocked her, held her, gave her a paci, nursed her, gave her a bottle, etc....that's what she will need to fall back to sleep.
At 9 months it's going to be harder because she is older and is more aware that you're changing things up on her. But she needs to learn how to fall asleep on her own. Do the routine stuff as far as bath, pjs, milk, stories, etc....even some rockng, but not to the point of sleep. Wait until she is drowsy and put her down. Like I said, at 9 months, she is going to protest....possibly big-time. You can either go full blown CIO or check on her periodically, increasing the time before you go back. It'll probably take a few nights, but above all you need to be consistent. Teaching her to fall asleep on her own will be a great gift to you and her.