how can i teach my 3 months old baby girl to fall asleep on her own?

Clarice - posted on 09/13/2009 ( 10 moms have responded )

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my baby sleeps all night since 6 weeks old.she is bottle fed.i give her a big bottle at 10 o'clock and she sleeps until 8 o'clock in the morning-and all this is great

but she can't fall asleep alone.i hold her in my arms an rock her for 20-30 min.it may be ok now...but i want her to start falling asleep by herself.

how can i do it?i don't want her to cry herself to sleep thou..

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Leah - posted on 09/14/2009

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one thing my nurse told me was from about 3 or 4 months, start putting your baby to sleep when still awake, because if you put them down when they're already asleep they will wake up pretty quickly!

I've been doing it with my daughter from around 3 months and she sleeps 12/13 hours a night.

Our night routine is bath, bottle, bed when she's warm and full up, and she'll lie awake for around 15 minutes then send herself to sleep.

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Clarice - posted on 09/24/2009

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Quoting Jahna:

Research the Ferber method. Although it cant really be started until they are 6 months, it pretty normal to need assistance to fall asleep until then though!

♥Mother of a 4 month old♥



actually i read about this ferber method-this is exactly what i don't want to do.i don't want her to cry herself to sleep



but actually now she falls asleep easier...and all alone



thanks to you girls-expecially tawni and a book i read and strongly reccomend-"the baby whisperer"by tracy hogg

Jahna - posted on 09/22/2009

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Research the Ferber method. Although it cant really be started until they are 6 months, it pretty normal to need assistance to fall asleep until then though!



♥Mother of a 4 month old♥

Sara - posted on 09/18/2009

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I recommend routine, putting them to bed when they're awake but drowsy... and we're big fans of "white noise" Either a fan or a nature sounds machine, or something like that.

Clarice - posted on 09/15/2009

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thank you girls...i've been trying what tawni said since yesterday morning...and it's working.in the evening was harder because she was tired and was harder to soothe her...but yes,it's working

jessica,i don't know how i did it..it's just that every evening we take 1 hour walk in the park,then she gets her massage,then the bath and then 180 cc formula.i have no idea what makes her sleep so well,but i'm afraid to leave one of the things out because we got used to sleep hhhh

and i read that when a baby is more that 5.5 kg they don't need that night snack.if they wake up is because of the habbit.if your baby is heavier than that he doesn'n need the night ottle.if he wakes up and cries,hold him until he falls asleep on his own...soon,i hope he will sleep all night.

all this is for bottle fed babies...i don't know how it works with breast fed babies

Jo - posted on 09/14/2009

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keep doing what you are doing but just before she nods off put her down in her cot and gently pat her so she settles then leave. As she gets older you will be able to put her down more awake as she will get used to drifting off by herself.

Jessica - posted on 09/14/2009

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Hey I would like to know how u get ur baby to sleep for that long? Cause my baby is 3 months and she wakes up about every 4 hours! and i give her 6 oz of milk.

 



Quoting clarice:

how can i teach my 3 months old baby girl to fall asleep on her own?

my baby sleeps all night since 6 weeks old.she is bottle fed.i give her a big bottle at 10 o'clock and she sleeps until 8 o'clock in the morning-and all this is great
but she can't fall asleep alone.i hold her in my arms an rock her for 20-30 min.it may be ok now...but i want her to start falling asleep by herself.
how can i do it?i don't want her to cry herself to sleep thou..





 

Monica - posted on 09/13/2009

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Oh, and by the way, you are so lucky that your baby sleeps all night already. My son wakes up at least every 2 to 3 hours. I don't know if it's because he's breastfed or he just doesn't sleep well. Thank your lucky stars that you get to enjoy a full night's sleep.

Monica - posted on 09/13/2009

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That is hard to do especially at this age. What I do sometimes with my 3 month old is lay him down when he's already groggy from me rocking him. If he starts to stir, I pat his back until he settles down and he usually falls asleep. I have found that if he is very fussy, I have to comfort him first before I even think of getting him to go sleep. Also try playing classical music.

Tawni - posted on 09/13/2009

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I put my son to sleep by laying him in his crib and just walking out of his sight. Sometimes he cries, sometimes he doesn't. I let him fuss until I can tell he is starting to get too worked up and I go get him and rock him for a few minutes until he is calmed down and put him back in his crib. Sometimes it's a bit of a process but it always works. It might be a little harder for your little girl since she is so used to being rocked to sleep. My aunt rocked my cousin to sleep every night and had to do it until she was 3 years old because it just became a habit and she absolutely would not sleep without it. It's probably better to start early letting her get herself to sleep than waiting until she is older and it's a firm habit.

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