advice for getting her to sleep on her own?

Lindsay - posted on 02/26/2009 ( 6 moms have responded )

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my daughter LOVES to fall asleep at my breast - tho I've stopped that practice she still requires 10-15 min of rocking/holding to really fall asleep and stay asleep. she's about to go to daycare, and i'd like to transition her into falling asleep by herself. just let her cry? thanks!

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Brittany - posted on 03/01/2009

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my son was like that at first but i think it was also my fault because i felt that i needed to hold him at all times, then i started thinking oh crap he is going to end up being a clingy baby so i started to put him down as when he fell asleep and after about a week of putting him down once he was asleep i changed it a little by when he started to nod off but wasnt completly out i would put him down but still have my arm on him or have him laying next to me with our bodies touching and then i did that for a week and then i would put him down when he was drowsy and still have my hand on his chest holding his binky in his mouth and then i did that for a while and then he just gradually learned when he was drowsy and i put him down i was still with him even though i wasnt holding him and he is able to fall asleep on his own...

Sarah - posted on 03/01/2009

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my mom actually got me this projector thing that puts pictures on the ceiling and my daughter falls asleep on her own watching the fish swim across the ceiling! i was against it at first because i thought it might just entertain her all night but it takes maybe 10 minutes and she is out!

Alessandra - posted on 03/01/2009

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I have the same issue... my boy will not pass out unless he is on a parent. I tryed the letting him cry methd, but he just screams bloody murder for an hour straight. He will sleep good in his crib when he is knocked out, but its frustrating.

Sadie - posted on 02/26/2009

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I personally think if she only needs 10 or so mins from you and you want and can just give it to her then continue to do so, she will fade from that sooner or later. Daycare staff will do their own thing, you really should not worry about changing what makes you and her happy at home because of daycare. If however you want her to need this less, then I personally believe letting them cry a bit is just fine.

Abbey - posted on 02/26/2009

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We never did the cry method and my son was exactly the same way until after a week in daycare. He would get so tired there that he learned to sleep on his own. And he likes their swing and bouncy chair. He always hated ours until daycare. They adjust really well once in daycare. I couldn't do the cry method. And our ped discouraged it because until some age(not sure what age) they need help falling asleep.

Crystal - posted on 02/26/2009

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Hi, You could try the whole self soothe cry it out method, you put baby to bed make sure they are comfy with clean nappy/full belly etc and leave the room, first leave for 1 min then go in and pat they back/reassure baby all is ok then leave again, repeart until at 5min then keep going in every 5 mins until baby is asleep, should take a cple of days and baby will be able to sleep by herself :) HTH

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