When can I lay my baby down for a nap/bed?

Kalynn - posted on 02/10/2013 ( 5 moms have responded )

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I would like to get my son into some sort of routine. I also want to get him to know that it is time for bed. There are times at night when he just wants to be awake. At what age can I start to put him to bed when he is still awake and to let him cry it out. I feel like most nights the only way I get sleep is when he sleeps on my chest. Any tips would be appreciated!!

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Elfrieda - posted on 02/12/2013

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in "healthy sleep habits, happy child" it says that most children develop the ability to fall asleep on their own between 12-16 weeks. (it's different for very fussy or colicky babies) I don't really know what you could do for a newborn other than going into a dark room and turning on some white noise. Some people suggest baths for relaxing the baby, but for both my children baths are the sure-fire way to make them lively.

I was going to try letting my daughter fuss for up to 20 minutes when she turned 16 weeks, but recently (she's 13 weeks) I had to put her down (fed, changed, warm, but just fussy) because my toddler needed me, and when I came back she was sleeping! I see she can do it, so I've been soothing her for 10-15 minutes and then putting her down to sleep (awake or asleep, depends on her) and it works just over half the time. I go get her if she's screaming but if she's just complaining I try to wait for 20 minutes.

Tamara - posted on 02/11/2013

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Yes there r some nights were my babies just didn't want to go to sleep so I alway found that a nice warm bath , feeding and cuddles worked. Then I would make sure I was in a dark room and they always seemed to drift off after that.

Kalynn - posted on 02/10/2013

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Did you ever have nights where she just didnt want to sleep? I have had some nights where my son just wants to be awake all night! No matter what I did I couldn't even get him to sleep.

Amy - posted on 02/10/2013

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I never did cry it out....but I always tried to lay my daughter down just as she was about to fall asleep. Some nights she would play or lay contently in her crib other nights she would cry because she wasn't ready. I would either continue feeding her or rocking her and try again. If she wasn't content after the third time I would just rock her till she was asleep.

As far as routines go I always just followed my babies lead, they always fell into one naturally.

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