help! my 7mth wont sleep in cot anymore

Lynne - posted on 02/02/2010 ( 2 moms have responded )

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since my baby girl was 5mths, she wont sleep in cot at night anymore. i find my nightime is spent putting her back in cot after breastfeeding on an hourly basis through night. ive started cosleeping now just so we both sleep, how do i avoid this becoming habit & try to get her to sleep alone?

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Leona - posted on 02/02/2010

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Hi, does she sleep alone during the day? I have a lot of trouble getting my daughter to fall asleep on her own, and am now trying to get her in the habit of falling asleep in her cot. As she is used either falling asleep in my arms or laying with her dad, and I put back in her cot as soon as she is asleep.
Can you move her once she is asleep? I think that if that is the only way to get her to sleep it is got to be better than you both being exhausted. But on a day were your feeling good and not too tired. I try and give my daughter time in her cot to play so she's used to it (this didn't work for us) so now I'm waiting till she is almost asleep and putting her in there (will see how it goes) the next thing I'm going to try is to let her feed herself a bottle in the cot as she always falls asleep during a bottle.
I hope all works out for you soon.

Samara - posted on 02/02/2010

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This is a silly question. But is a cot the same as a crib?

Anyways. My daughter did this about 5 months and has recently started again at 7 months. When she was 5 months I would sit and hold her while she slept. And I was totally exhausted. I don't believe in co-sleeping cuz of all the risks. But if you are comfortable with it, then I don't blame you, If that is the only way you both get to sleep!! Anyways. I got to the point where I couldn't get through the day because I was so exhausted. I would rock her to sleep and make sure she was in a deep sleep before I would lay her down. She would get up a few times the first couple nights I did it. Eventually she would sleep through the night without getting up! I also had to start feeding her cereal right before her night bottle to hold her over through the night, and that helped a lot! She also takes a pacifier, I don't really like that she wants a pacifier to soothe her, but if its in the crib with her within reach, when she wakes up in the middle of the night she usually grabs it and will fall right back to sleep! I don't have much advise. You are probably already doing the things I did to get my daughter to sleep through the night in her crib! I hope someone else has some better advise for you and your baby girl starts sleeping in her cot! Good luck!

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