How to get baby to fall asleep on his own!!!!!!

Megan - posted on 02/25/2009 ( 5 moms have responded )

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So, I didn't have this problem with my first son (and I thought it got easier the more kids you have)....but I guess not. I cannot get my (almost) 5 month old to fall asleep on his own in his crib. He used fall asleep when I wound up his mobile when he was 2 and 3 months old...I don't know what changed.

I've let him cry for over an hour and he won't stop unless I pick him up. Once I pick him up he stops crying and is out like a light within seconds. He will always fall asleep if we put him in his carseat or if we rock/bounce him, but I don't always have time to do this. Is this just a phase or am I doing something wrong?

Other than this he's a good baby...rarely fusses, is content when he's alone, etc.

HELP!

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Mietze - posted on 02/25/2009

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hey megan



i'm having the same problem with my 4 month old, so what i have been trying to do is put a radio on for him not loud or anything, also i was finding that he wasn't wrapped properly so that could help to (some babies like that some dont.) what i have been doing as well is i got a little clock and put it into his cot near him cause the tick tack from the clock sounds like your heart beat and my little man has been fine going to sleep on his own. Give it a go and see how you go. I hope it helps cause i know how frustrating it can be.



 



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Cathleena - posted on 02/27/2009

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Swadling my 5 mo old daughter has worked for almost two mo now. From the begining we began putting her down in her crib as soon as she was even a little bit asleep. even if she woke back up once we putt he down, we just tapped her bottom and assured her we were still there or continued to sing to her and she would be confroted and go back to sleep.  Now she has a routine.  Like Valerie said that really helps too--Lexi goes down between 8:30-9pm and wakes between 6:30-7am. I usually rock in the rocking chair and sing her a song or two to relax her, then swaddle her, then lay her down and stand next to the crib for about one minute. She also has this little baby einstein fish tank crib toy attached to her crob that glows while fish rotate. But it also has a setting where it can just play music.  Sometimes if i peek in and see she is still awake after a while, i turn that on and it helps. so yeah, my suggestions are swaddling, music and reassuring the baby you are still nearby for a little bit after you lay him down. wish you luck. i know it's very hard to hear your baby cry.

Valerie - posted on 02/27/2009

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one thing that my grandmother should me that really worked was she would take to blankets and roll them up and put them in the crib and then put my daughter between them and lay her on her back but slightly on her side, making my daughter think that someone was holding her and it really does work!!! but i dont know if you have one our not but i found out that routines are the number one helper i started puting my daughter on a routine at about 8 weeks and shes now 5 months and goes to be at 8:30 and wakes up at nine in the morning so try it!

Heather - posted on 02/27/2009

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I highly recommend the book The No-Cry Sleep Solution.  Takes about a week or 2, but it really works!

Christy - posted on 02/25/2009

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If he is gassy, then lying flat may be uncomfortable for him. Make sure he burps well before you lay him down - I found this to help with my second baby (but strangely can't remember it being an issue for my first baby). Also, check out the book titled "Baby Wise". I used it as did many of my friends and it seems to work every time. Best of luck!!

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