how do you put your baby to sleep? thanks for your suggestions

Armita - posted on 02/18/2009 ( 14 moms have responded )

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How do you put your baby to sleep (day and night sleep)? My baby still likes to be held in my arms and rocked to sleep. I don't know how to make her fall asleep in her crib by herself. Any suggestions? She's getting heavier and sooner or later I wont be able to walk/ rock her to sleep anymore.

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Amy - posted on 02/19/2009

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Oh, I forgot to mention that I put her down with a lullaby CD also. I start it while I am nursing her and it immediately sets her in the mood for bedtime.

Amy - posted on 02/19/2009

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I used the "Healthy sleep habits" book also and it works. I also followed their napping recommendations and we are on a great nap schedule now. It is just a few days of crying it out and then it is so easy to get your little one down. As far as putting her down at night, I just make sure she is fed and has a clean diaper on and then I put her down AWAKE. There ability to self soothe is so important. My little girl wakes up babbling and happy also. Give it a shot. You will be glad you did.

Betsy - posted on 02/19/2009

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We follow a strict routine: bath, bottle, rocking for 2 min. with light music on, and then down in the crib (I leave the music on for about 30 min). My son ususally goes down wide awake and cooing but is asleep within 5 min. He will sometimes fuss after I put him down but he has learned that his routine means bedtime. Even if he fusses after I leave the room he will settle himself down and go to sleep. You have to do what works for you and your child. For us that means we can let him "cry it out" as long as it doesn't exceed 20 min. (and we worked up to that) or as long as he doesn't get so histerical that he needs us to calm down. We started his bedtime routine as early as 3 weeks and that seemed to make all the difference. I didn't do a nap routine and that has been a horrible struggle. Now that I've stuck with a nap routine for about 2 weeks he does fantastic. I know people say kids don't need routines but I disagree, for my son the more structured the better!!

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Nicole - posted on 02/19/2009

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We have only a loose routine on the basis that we don't want her having to have the same thing happen to ensure our lil girl goes to sleep.  But essentially our girl has always been good at self settling etc  When she wasn't we would give her a dummy - but now she just spits them out - so they aren't an option.



 



In saying that... when going to bed at the end of the day - we get bubby ready for bed, put her in her grobag, and put her to bed - keeping night light on - until we are ready to go to bed.  Then we go in turn the night light off and then go to bed.  She sleeps through the night.



We just made the transition from bassinett in our room to her very own room and her cot and she has been seemless. 



Day time sleeps are slightly different, she will sleep on the go - which is good... or wherever we are - whether it be in her rocker, play mat, pram etc.  But if we put her in her cot she does have a tomy light/music player that will play a few songs, and she has figured out how to make it continue to make music for her... by kicking it.  She will drift off in her own time - usually after having a good yabber to herself.



I think we might be lucky.



 

User - posted on 02/19/2009

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I use a baby lullaby cd it plays soothing music and he falls asleep within the first 3 songs! Try not to let her get overtired as it makes falling asleep v.difficult. Also she may begin to associate sleep only by being rocked which makes it harder for you.

Good luck anyway.

Sara - posted on 02/19/2009

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Quoting Betsy:

We follow a strict routine: bath, bottle, rocking for 2 min. with light music on, and then down in the crib (I leave the music on for about 30 min). My son ususally goes down wide awake and cooing but is asleep within 5 min. He will sometimes fuss after I put him down but he has learned that his routine means bedtime. Even if he fusses after I leave the room he will settle himself down and go to sleep. You have to do what works for you and your child. For us that means we can let him "cry it out" as long as it doesn't exceed 20 min. (and we worked up to that) or as long as he doesn't get so histerical that he needs us to calm down. We started his bedtime routine as early as 3 weeks and that seemed to make all the difference. I didn't do a nap routine and that has been a horrible struggle. Now that I've stuck with a nap routine for about 2 weeks he does fantastic. I know people say kids don't need routines but I disagree, for my son the more structured the better!!



I agree, routines are very important, especially when you're talking about sleep!

Sara - posted on 02/19/2009

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Quoting Armita:



Quoting Sara:

Well, to be honest, I do still rock my baby to sleep sometimes and she sleeps all night in her crib. We did do the "Healthy sleep habits, Happy child" book method of sleep training, where you put the baby in the crib awake, leave them to cry while going in a reassuring them every few minutes at further apart intervals that you are still there. Basically, you let them cry it out and they learn to self soothe and go to sleep on their own. This method did work for us, but it took over a week. While we still rock her to sleep she can and does sometimes go to sleep on her own in her crib and when she wakes up in the night she doesn't cry, she just babbles and then falls back to sleep. There is a book called the "no cry sleep solution" that i've heard other moms speak well of, but my sister and a close friend used the method I did and it has worked out really well for all of us. It's really up to you how you want to go about it, but I think regardless it is important for a baby to learn to soothe themselves to sleep, it will make things a lot easier for you in the long run when she's older. Good luck!





Thank you so much for your reply. 
at what age is it recommended that the cry to sleep method is used?  should I do it to her now at 4 months or wait it out till she's 6 and more aware. 






 






The books say that a 4 month old is fully capable of soothing themselves.  I started at about 11 weeks, and she did fine. 

Jessica - posted on 02/19/2009

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I still rock my daughter to sleep for her naps (if she does not knock out from the bottle) but at night when i notice her getting sleepy I wrap her with a blanket (kinda like swaddeling but not really cuz shes too big) giver her a paci and lay her in her crib and she puts herself to sleep. I have never been a fan of letting them cio until they are much older, so if she were to cry I would rock her back to sleep. I have just been lucky that she has no problem going to sleep on her own.

User - posted on 02/18/2009

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We have always given our daughter a bath, bottle, then bed. The warmth of the bath and then a bottle at night puts her right to sleep or she will put herself to sleep as soon as we lay her down in her crib. We also have a humidifyer in her room, she likes the sound, and it has also put her to sleep all night.

Brooke - posted on 02/18/2009

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We did pretty much the same thing as Sara posted. We started when he was 8 weeks old. I think you have to decided if your baby is ready or not. It took a few days for him to get it but now it is beautiful! I highly recommend the "Healthy sleep habits" book.

Kerry - posted on 02/18/2009

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When I notice my daughter getting sleepy, I lay her in her crib. She has a "baby Tad" (I think a leapfrog stuffed animal" that plays lullabyes and has a little light show. That seems to keep her happy. The only thing is that it only plays for 7 minutes and sometimes I need to start it again. But the music seems to help. Now she's my little angel because she has taken to the crib very well. My son (now 4yrs), on the other hand, was a lot more work to get to sleep (even now). I really found "The No Cry Sleep Solution" by Elizabeth Pantley was a wonderful book with many ideas and tips to try. I hated to hear him cry. I hope this helps, good luck!

Nancy - posted on 02/18/2009

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Have you tried rocking her until she's drowsy and then putting her down while she's still awake? I have a toy that hangs on the side of my daughter's crib that she'll smack at a few times and eventually falls asleep. I think the distraction keeps her from crying because she doesn't scream when I put her down.

Armita - posted on 02/18/2009

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Quoting Sara:

Well, to be honest, I do still rock my baby to sleep sometimes and she sleeps all night in her crib. We did do the "Healthy sleep habits, Happy child" book method of sleep training, where you put the baby in the crib awake, leave them to cry while going in a reassuring them every few minutes at further apart intervals that you are still there. Basically, you let them cry it out and they learn to self soothe and go to sleep on their own. This method did work for us, but it took over a week. While we still rock her to sleep she can and does sometimes go to sleep on her own in her crib and when she wakes up in the night she doesn't cry, she just babbles and then falls back to sleep. There is a book called the "no cry sleep solution" that i've heard other moms speak well of, but my sister and a close friend used the method I did and it has worked out really well for all of us. It's really up to you how you want to go about it, but I think regardless it is important for a baby to learn to soothe themselves to sleep, it will make things a lot easier for you in the long run when she's older. Good luck!


Thank you so much for your reply. 
at what age is it recommended that the cry to sleep method is used?  should I do it to her now at 4 months or wait it out till she's 6 and more aware. 



 

Sara - posted on 02/18/2009

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Well, to be honest, I do still rock my baby to sleep sometimes and she sleeps all night in her crib. We did do the "Healthy sleep habits, Happy child" book method of sleep training, where you put the baby in the crib awake, leave them to cry while going in a reassuring them every few minutes at further apart intervals that you are still there. Basically, you let them cry it out and they learn to self soothe and go to sleep on their own. This method did work for us, but it took over a week. While we still rock her to sleep she can and does sometimes go to sleep on her own in her crib and when she wakes up in the night she doesn't cry, she just babbles and then falls back to sleep. There is a book called the "no cry sleep solution" that i've heard other moms speak well of, but my sister and a close friend used the method I did and it has worked out really well for all of us. It's really up to you how you want to go about it, but I think regardless it is important for a baby to learn to soothe themselves to sleep, it will make things a lot easier for you in the long run when she's older. Good luck!

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