I need advice about putting a baby down for bed at night

Isabela - posted on 08/21/2009 ( 6 moms have responded )

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My Daughter is almost 5 months now and I am having a really hard time putting her on a sleeping cycle, could anyone help me or give me some advice, anything's welcome. She won't take pacifiers and doesn't seem to like soothing nursery songs etc.

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Andrea - posted on 08/22/2009

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my family went to sleep school to learn how to settle my son Mason who was on very bad nigts waking 9-10 times a night and sleeping short naps in day - he was VERY tired adn so were we. Wat we learnt was cnaistent with what a lot of moms are saying: ROUTINE e.g. on waking, eat - play - nap. Also, includes a bedtime routine - e.g. dinner, bath, massage, breast feed, nightsong. And REALLY important is a consistent settling technique: which and also the way we settle and resettle him has to be exactly the same and tried over some weeks (e.g. we wait and see if he can settle himself (ultimate goal), then if needed we shhh and pat tp help him fall asleep, but do not pick him up from cot, if he takes a tantrum, we leave room until he calms down.)

Zoha - posted on 08/22/2009

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what worked for us was a routine. we did the bath, classical music ,feed and then put in bed and have us tap his back to an indian song ( I think the strong beat somehow soothed him) and off to sleepy land he went. It took awhile for the routine to take and he would cry at times, but eventually he learned that it was bed time. When he cried, we would pick him up, keep patting on his back and put him back in his crib after a little while. So he would know that we were still there and care for him, but play time is over and night night time is here. We had to keep doing this a few times, the fist few times. Unfortunately your daughter is a little older and the routine may take a little longer to take, but consistency is the key.

Yara - posted on 08/21/2009

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i recommend Tizzie Hall's book she is a life saver i used the routines and settling techniques on both my kids and they thrive on it....my daughter is now 5mths old has 2 very good naps and sleeps from 7pm till 7am since 6weeks old..

Cortney - posted on 08/21/2009

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Have you tried Swaddling him. What I did with my daughter when she was that way, was give her a bath with that Bed Time wash, then feed her an ounce more then I would during the day, swaddler her, then put on some low relaxing music, I would put on some country music cause she did not like the nursery stuff. then she would fall asleep in her crib by herself. Sometimes she would fall asleep before I could finsh swaddling her. Thats what I did. I hope you and you baby get some rest!!!!!

Anna - posted on 08/21/2009

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I found that what's helped me the most is routine. We started by giving my daughter her bath, read a story, eat and she's out. She's been very consistent for the last month and a half. It's going to take time, but it will be well worth it. Hope this helps and hope you find some much needed rest soon.

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