When did you start putting your baby down while still awake?

Kayla - posted on 10/24/2011 ( 7 moms have responded )

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I have a hard time getting my 5 month old daughter to nap. I don't put her down while she's awake. Does anyone do this yet? How did you go it? My doctor said we'll talk about sleep training at her 6 month check up. I'm not sure if this falls under sleep training or if that's just at night. I rock my daughter to sleep for her naps.

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Katherine - posted on 10/26/2011

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My son turned 7 months yesterday. I also rocked him to sleep all the time for the first 3 months until it got to the point that I would rock and rock and once he was asleep I would place him into his crib, walk away and 20 minutes later he would wake up screaming, and the process would repeat and repeat.

At 3 months old, I would bath him, cream and redress for bed. give him his big ol' bottle give a bit of rocking, take him to his room, lay him down, give him a soother and teddy, cover him with a blanket, kiss kiss, love you baby, turn on his white noise machine and walk out. during the first couple of days he would cry, i would return to his room after 5 minutes, calm him down without removing from his crib and leave. I continued this until he slept. the first night it took me going in 3 times and a total of 20 minutes, the second night i went in twice and 15 minutes total. the 3rd night he went right to sleep!!! He's been settling since then, it's great!!!

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Stacee - posted on 11/05/2011

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i've laid my baby down awake since he was about 3-4 months old.. and he sleeps awesome! He's teething now so we have been having rough nights but prior to his teeth comin thru he slept all night long!! I'm no expert by any means but i woud suggest you can keep rocking her before it's time to sleep (rather than playing peekaboo then lying her in her crib to sleep, etc.) but then as you can see her getting sleepy lay her in her crib. You'd be surprised how quick they pick up on this!

Rachel - posted on 11/03/2011

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this worked for both my kids, who were breastfed (my son march 29th so the younger of the march babies)

I breastfeed him before bed, make sure he burps (he doesnt need help-trust me! lol) then once he does that he starts yawning and is very tired already. I lay him in his crib and i sometimes sing to him, sit next to him lookin in or i keep one hand on him (body contact helps a ton!!) this way i dont have to pick him up etc. I find i can stay in the room for up to 5 mins and then if he'S still awake, i leave. Same as the other moms on here- if he's hysterical for more than 5 mins (and nothing is wrong obviously) then i go back in and let him see me, at most i will rub his head (stroke his cheek) and he goes right to sleep. staying calm is a huge part of it!! they feel what you feel :) We've had a few rough nights when we all had colds n one night of fever but other than that, he's been a great baby! i starte his routine at 3 months but noticed which pattern was takin at 5.5 months and ve been stickin to it since. (you gotta have some wiggle room because they'll almost never do exactly what you want lol they're kids! :P)

My daughter (now 2.5) was rocked to sleep until over 8 months and we all did it mainly because we wanted to but with 2 kids- no time lol so starting early and being consistant has worked great :)

the key to success has been making sure i am patient and calm when i lay him down so he feels that comfort from me. i make sre he's actually tired too- the number one thing for us!! he has a slower morning and busy afternoon with lots of excersize so he is very tired come bedtime :) he sleeps from 9 pm- 9 a.m, wakes n eats breaky, breastfeeds and is back asleep after a little play from 10:30-1. then he's up for lunch, playtime, dinner, bath n bed. so a bit of a routine and a busy afternoon ensures he sleeps solid at night and always his morning nap :) goodluck!

Bridget - posted on 10/29/2011

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At 4 months I stopped rocking her. I did what others are saying, I let her cry for 5 minutes and then would go in and give her a paci (if she lost hers) and pat her back. I had a white noise machine on as well. If she just fussed I left her alone, I only went in after 5 minutes of actual crying. I did break down and pick her up occasionally- if she had gotten herself all worked up. Now she goes down awake every time- no problems. Though there are still times where she will cry and fuss before she falls asleep.

Colleen - posted on 10/26/2011

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With my daughter I would let her cry for 7 mins. I would litteraly count down to the second and 9 times out of 10 she would stop crying 10-15 seconds before I would go in there. I also would just go in and rub her head or belly or shhh loudly (for white noise not as a command). The key is definitely to NOT pick up the baby.

Kayla - posted on 10/25/2011

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Thanks for your advice! I definitely need to try this. How long would you let them cry before you go and get them?

Colleen - posted on 10/25/2011

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Day ONE. My son (THANK GOD) Only cries when he is tired or hungry so I know if he has been fed within 2 hours then he is tired, so if he starts to fuss I pick him up and put him to bed. I have done that since we brought him home from the hospital. He is 5 months 3 weeks old and naps 2-3 times a day, he naps at the same time as my 2 year old and they both go to bed at the same time and both are put to bed at nap time and at night awake. He still gets up once in the middle of the night though (hopefully we will be weening away from that soon)

ALL babies have cues to tell you when they are tired. when you start seeing those cues take your baby back to bed and put them down. No muss no fuss, just a night baby I love you kiss kiss then walk away. Let them fuss for a few mins before going in to rescue. I can't stress strongly enough against rocking to sleep EVERY time. Sure if they are sick or upset I get it but to develop that habit will only come back to bite you in the butt.

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