Getting to sleep!

Barb - posted on 11/19/2009 ( 4 moms have responded )

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My 4 month old son doesn't want to fall asleep in his cot at night. He usually falls asleep while breastfeeding, but wakes up as soon as I place him in his cot. He then cries on and off, and only eventually falls asleep after about an hour (sometimes more). He wakes if his dummy comes out, and for no reason in particular. I stay in his room with him the whole time, rubbbing his head or holding his hand. I would love some techniques to get him to fall asleep by himself. Thank you

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Vixi - posted on 11/19/2009

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i had the same problem but my midwife said bring her in her crib into the living room (during the day) therefore she can sense ur there, and can hear you/the telly etc and know shes not alone, whilst getting used to the crib. Eventually she will fall asleep and then you are on your way 2 gettin her in it over night :D it worked 4 me x

Sara - posted on 11/19/2009

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We found that a routine was really helpful for us. Something simple, easily duplicatable that we would do each night. For our girl, it was diaper, jammies, nursing, then wrapping her in a tight swaddle (until about 5-6 months, she LOVED to be swaddled), pacifier, turning on the white noise machine (loudly), and a little rocking or swinging from side to side until she was drowsy. We tried to put her to bed drowsy but not asleep so she could learn how to get herself the rest of the way asleep.
It might take a while to get it down, but she'll adjust! Putting themselves to sleep is a skill they have to learn, and you have to guide them.

Good luck!

Eleisha - posted on 11/19/2009

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white noise is great. While my daughter falls asleep at night by herself, during the day we use white noise. You can buy cd's, or i simply put it on a radio station that doesn't work. (it has not been tuned in). I then turn it up full blast. When i first started, it took a couple of days for it to work, but each time she got upset, i went in put her dummy in and walked out and after 10 min she slept soundly for 2 hours. Try it at night. Also feed, bath bed. Get her into a routine where she has 15 min of very quiet time before bed. She will get used to it quickly and realise it's wind down time and get ready for bed. Good luck!

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Heather - posted on 11/19/2009

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If you get a helpful answer, let me know. I have pretty much the same problem with my 2 month old daughter.

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