Sleeping problems! What can I do??

Erin - posted on 02/25/2012 ( 4 moms have responded )

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My 8mo old won't go to sleep by herself. I'm worried I'll have a one year old I have to walk to sleep?! I've let her cry for about 5-10min and then I pick her up and rock her to sleep and she's usually out after a few min. Any advice on how to get her to fall out alone??

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Sherry - posted on 04/02/2012

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I had the same problem with my daughter. I couldn't get her to go to sleep, we would rock her and than she was so used of just falling asleep in our arm. I just let her cry and it was pretty bad for the first 3 nights than she just knew it's time to go to sleep. I also made a point of putting her to sleep in her crib for all nap times. Good luck I hope she sleeps on her own soon

Amy - posted on 03/19/2012

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i have no advice thusfar. in the same boat. reading The Sleepeasy solution. Hoping i get some answers. Min is awake and wants to nurse every couple hours. i'm exhausted! and tired of being tired! I think if we could just get good sleep.....we could do anything! :D

Kristin - posted on 03/02/2012

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When my son was 6 months old he wouldnt go to sleep unless I layed him on my chest and patted him on the back and he would wake up throughout the night. Then my baby book suggested that I pick out a soothing routine for my son. Play with him, bath time, read to him, and then lay him down in his crib and sing him a song and leave even though he was still awake. He cried for maybe 8 minutes and then fell asleep. I repeated the same routine with the same results for a week. After a week he would fall asleep without crying because he knew it was his bedtime.



Goodluck! I hope everything works out for you!

Tracy - posted on 02/28/2012

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About a month ago, my son had to be rocked to sleep, and was waking up every hour, every night. It was brutal. We decided one night that we would semi-cry it out with him. We set a timer for four minutes, and let him cry. After four minutes, we would go in, talk to him, rock him very briefly, then put him back down, awake.



Though it was excruciating at the time, we only had to go back in three times before he fell asleep. That night he only woke up 3 times. The next night, we repeated it, and only had to go in once. Again, he woke up 3 times. The third night, he went straight to sleep, and for the next two weeks, he only woke up once at night. He now still goes to sleep right away when we put him down, and sleeps through the night.



I should also mention that we are on a very strict routine with him - Bath, bottle, book in the rocking chair in his room, a little snuggle, then to bed. He has the seahorse version of the glow worm, and that goes on as we leave the room.



I am personally not an advocate of just letting a baby cry for as long as it takes without comforting at all. What we did took a few nights, but it wasn't too difficult for either the baby or us, and has worked out very well. A month ago, I was beginning to think he would never sleep more than an hour. Now he's sleeping longer than my toddler ever has - 11 hours!



Good luck to you, and I hope you are able to find something that works.

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