Any tips for sleep training? 3 months old and still sleeps with me.

Aubrey - posted on 01/20/2011 ( 8 moms have responded )

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My daughter Caraleena is now almost 3 months old and has slept every night in my bed with me. It's never been a problem, and I don't even move an inch anymore (whereas I used to toss and turn all night, so I actually get a better nights sleep this way). I feel like now is the time where I should start sleep training her so she can sleep by herself in her crib because she's going to start being watched by friends and family members when I go back to work soon. She has taken a few naps in her crib for up to an hour and a half by herself and done just fine, but most of the time it's very hard to get her to go to sleep if I haven't just nursed her, even when she's super tired. Any suggestions would help, I know it's may be rough for a while but I really need to start doing it soon! Thanks!

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the best sleep book i have ever read (and I think I may have read them all with my first child who may be ADHD) was "healthy sleep habits happy child" it covers the science of sleep and what to expect for each age group regarding naps etc and many exceptions that do not work for the gimiky solutions out there

my son and my daughter both slept with me because they were poor sleepers and my son now does all of his napping in his swing. this book advised to do whatever you can to keep your child well rested up to 4 months of age when you might want to start some sleep training if they appear to be ready, apparently except for a few lucky cases, most babies are not ready to train before that and even then the public health nurses tell us up here in Ontario not to let the baby cry it out until they are at least 6 months old. it may harm the attachment bond between parent and child.

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also my doctor advise against teething gel (oragel or whatever the like) as it may slip past the baby's gums to the back of the throat and numb the gag or cough reflex, inhibiting the baby's ability to protect their airway. He told me if baby has sore teeth and its making life difficult for everyone's sleeping to give him some Tylenol for the pain

Tracy - posted on 01/27/2011

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mine has been in his own crib for about a month now. he got too big for the bassinet. but i always lay him down the same time every night right after his night bottle. he loves his glow worm and is never asleep when i lay him down, he lays there and watches his glow worm and sooths himself to sleep with out tears, good luck!

Aubrey - posted on 01/27/2011

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Thank you Silvi, that is very helpful and I am going to start trying that tonight!

Silvi - posted on 01/26/2011

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My 3 month old is now sleeping on her own between 6 and 8 hours. Putting her down is always the hardest part but it is really about reading her cues. Her schedule is always eat, awake/play time and then sleep. Right before bed, she doesn't play, i just sit with her awake and softly talk to her or read a book to her (doesn't have to be a kid book at this age). When she starts to show sleepy signs- eye lids are heavy, i take her to her room and sway with her a bit until she starts to nod off but isn't right out yet. then i gently lay her down, tell her i love her and kiss her goodnight. Sometimes she goes out right away, sometimes she wakes up when i put her down and i hold her hand till she falls asleep. when she just starts to cry and cry, i pick her up and start all over again from the swaying part. every baby is different, but this is working most nights for me. oh, and the other thing is during the day i also do this, just that after she eats she plays, then when she's nodding off i take her to her crib and do what i said above. she sleeps 30-40 min stretches instead and feeds more often during the day to keep her through the night. Good luck!

Leoni - posted on 01/20/2011

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i give my baby 5ml of gripe water and a bit of bonjela and he sleeps 4 about 6hours :)

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