How do i get my baby to go to sleep by himself at night?

Sarah - posted on 07/03/2009 ( 3 moms have responded )

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How do i get my baby to go to sleep by himself at night?,

Also why the melt down at 5-ish everday or as soon as i put our meal on the table?!!

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Ashley - posted on 07/03/2009

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Hi! I can help out with this. I'm not sure how old your baby is but I can give you a few tips that an infant sleep expert gave me that works for most babies under 1 year. His meltdown occurs around 5pm because a babies circadian rhythms work on a 6pm-6am time clock so around 6pm every day the babies brain starts telling the baby it's time for sleep. If the meltdown occurs every day around 5pm this would be a good time to begin a bedtime routine (bath, pj's, book. bottle/BF, bed) and bedtime at 6pm. It is your choice what method you use to get your baby to sleep at night (No-cry, CIO, etc.). The infant sleep expert I met with gave me age-appropriate guidelines and time limits of how long to give them to cry to go to sleep. My daughter would just fight sleep if I rocked her...I was extra stimulation. And I couldn't go in and comfort her when she was trying to go to sleep as it would just get her more worked up, and I KNEW she was tired. If you are interested, send me a message and I will happily give you more details. I did this with my daughter at 10 weeks and it took about 3-4 days of her crying for about 20-25 minutes and now at bedtime she rolls around in her crib, squeals/babbles, and then goes to sleep and she's almost 8 months. Again, I would be happy to give you more info on this if you're interested. But putting your baby down no later than 6pm will really help him sleep better. Good luck!

Sheila - posted on 07/03/2009

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How old is your child? Mine's 9weeks and what I do is swaddle her up when she starts getting tired. Take her to her cot, give her a cuddle & rock her a little - by this stage she gets kinda drowsy. And I then put her down into the cot AWAKE. As long as baby isn't overtired, she goes down well herself. This was how I taught my first child how to sleep on her own.

Alice - posted on 07/03/2009

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How old? It could just be an age thing, but it sounds like your little one is tired. Do you give you baby an afternoon nap?

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