has anyone else let there baby cry them self to sleep for a nap?

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Bonnie - posted on 03/25/2009

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with my first i did, but not till he was a little older, like 6months or so...but w/ carson around 3months i started it b/c he would cry/fuss in my arms till he fell asleep and sometimes it would take forever for him to finally just fall asleep...so i started to lay him in his crib and he'd do the crying/fussing and usually after 10mins he's asleep. He doesnt take a nuk so what I did for him for a "soothing tool" was i have one of those tiny blankets and i give him that, he rolls to his side, cuddles w/ it and falls alseep usually right away...when he's asleep i go in there and take it away. if he does cry for longer than 10-15min i go in his room and try to calm him down w/o picking him up, if i have to pick him up i calm him down and put him right back down

Michelle - posted on 03/22/2009

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Chaise cries, but I just hold him tight and let him know that I love him until he has cried himself to sleep or he realises that he is not going to win, which is mostly the case these days. I have only had to do it a couple of times and he realised that nap time is nap time, no mucking around anymore. Otherwise he stays up and is grumpy and no one gets any peace at all.

Sarah - posted on 03/22/2009

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Its ok not to let him cry! Especially at this age. I could never let my first three cry it out at 4 months, but with my 4th I am more ok with it. I think it is because Iam more busy with his sisters and Iknow he is fine. But I will not let him cry uncontrolably for long, its to hard.

Mari - posted on 03/22/2009

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Quoting Maria:



I can't let my baby cry I rock him to sleep all the time can't stand to have him sad. Is it ok not to let your baby cry?





I'm a "whatever works" kind of parent. If you and your son are happy, then whatever you're doing is OK. :)

Maria - posted on 03/21/2009

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I can't let my baby cry I rock him to sleep all the time can't stand to have him sad. Is it ok not to let your baby cry?

Lee-Ann - posted on 03/21/2009

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my daughter is the same (will cry for an hour if i let her).  She gets overtired easily and as a result would rather cry and fight sleep, than sleep, believe me the saying 'she'll fall asleep when she's tired' does not fit my daughter, if i try that she stays awake for hours on end and ends up looking like she's swallowed several exctasy pills! and is even harder to settle.  So now i watch for early signs of tiredness (becoming still and quiet, rubbing eyes, yawning) if it gets to jerky movements and startling i know i've left it too late, then we begin the bedtime routine.  And now that she recognises that, she begins fussing when i start to pull the curtains! but she goes down, sometimes i have to do the 5minute, 10 minute cry it out thing but only usually when she wakes at her 40-45min mark.  She needs strong bedtime signals and the same routine eachtime plus a non-stimulating room.  she still sleeps to white noise.



it's hard work, but consistency is the key i've found.  best of luck.

Amanda - posted on 03/21/2009

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i agree with the other ladies an hr is a long time, but my daughter is the same way, if i leave her then she will just cry.  i usually leave her for 15 mins then evalutate the situation, is she crying and quiet trying to sleep, or just screaming and getting uncontrollable.  If she is crying and gets quiet and trying to sleep then i leave her for a few more minutes, but if she is screaming i go and rock her for 10 mins or so, then try again.  it is still a work in progress, but it seems to be doing good for us!  hope it gets better! :)

Stevie - posted on 03/20/2009

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sometimes you have to like when you first do it to teach self sooth or something but my son falls asleep on his own but he crys when i put him down for awhile and then he falls asleep he does it all the time i think the only time he doesnt do it is when he has fallen asleep while feeding or is really tired

Maggie - posted on 03/20/2009

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I used a c10r5 routine to get my daughter used to sleeping. If she cried for 10 minutes then I would rock her for 5 minutes and then put her back down. Now I have no problems. When I put her in her crib for nap time or bed time she lays there for a couple of minutes and then she is out cold.

Mari - posted on 03/20/2009

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If I know she's tired and none of my other soothing methods have worked, then as a last resort I will let get cry herself to sleep. Sometimes it's quick, sometimes it takes a few minutes. I never let her cry longer than 10 minutes though, and if she gets too worked up then I pick her up and try something else.

Cat - posted on 03/19/2009

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an hour is a long time. does he scream or just fuss? when my baby was newborn i let her cry herself to sleep every time, now she never cries... it is a very good method. but like i said, an hour is a long time, im surprised he just doesnt get exhausted and drop at some stage. maybe he's just not tired.

Trina - posted on 03/19/2009

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My son doesn't really cry when it comes to nap time, he just kinda makes loud noises for about 10 mins. If he starts to cry then I know he isn't ready, but if he's fussing then he usually passes out. Anything much longer than that and we throw the nap out of the window and try again in a little while

Kim - posted on 03/19/2009

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Yes, my second son. I would lie him down in his crib for his naps. He would cry for 5-10 minutes. I checked on him after 10 minutes if he cried any longer, but normally he was a quiet and sleeping before 5 minutes. He was the the best sleeper!!! I never had any issues with his sleeping habits other than he only wanted to sleep in his crib. He is almost 3 now and since we moved to our new house his sleeping habits have not been as good, but my daughter was born only 1 week before we moved so I think its due to a combination of things.

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