How to get my baby to sleep faster???

Makyla - posted on 12/21/2008 ( 7 moms have responded )

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It's taking me an hour and half to get my 4 month old to bed. Any suggestions???

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Karina - posted on 01/14/2014

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I'm lucky I think (so far) that my 6 week old is able to get herself off to sleep but sometimes I will put her down in her cot and she will kick away for up to an hour and a half before falling asleep. I always go in if she cries but most of the time she just grunts and coos. I feel bad for leaving her in there on her own for so long awake. :-/

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Robyn - posted on 12/24/2008

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Does your child have a paci or anything to sleep with? A blanket to cuddle? I know at about 6 months old we took everything out of my sons crib, since he was more mobile and we had a bunch of sleepless nights. Once we put something for him to hold and suck, he did much better. We also put a classical music cd of lullabies and that helps to relax him. He is now 2 and he uses all of those things and now has stuffed animals in his crib to add to everything else. I agree that it is better when they put themselves to sleep, but that takes time and courage. Good luck!

Jamie - posted on 12/23/2008

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we got very lucky and our little boy takes a great nap during the day and still sleeps all night. i am sure that will eventually end but i have to agree, stay on a schedule and have a routine. my husband or i rock my son to sleep every night with gentle music. some nights, it takes very little time at all. other nights, it does take longer, maybe he was stimulated later at night and has a hard time settling down or maybe he didn't get enough activity that day so he is not as tired. but, for the most part, it doesn't take long on any given night. i agree, rubbing the face, back, head etc is all very soothing. are you putting her to bed too early? i know people that are trying to put their child down at 7. my son doesn't go down until 9pm.

Stephanie - posted on 12/22/2008

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What is taking an hour and a half - the baby actually falling asleep or your routine? I would start with a routine and then talk to your ped about putting her down awake at bedtime so she can learn to put herself to sleep.

Valerie - posted on 12/22/2008

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I agree. Routine is key. Couple other tricks I use. Try to limit or eliminate naps 1 1/2 to 2 hours before your set bedtime. Aveeno's bedtime bath gel and lotion is also a great helper. Try a warm blanket fresh from the dryer. Hang in there Mom!

Michelle - posted on 12/22/2008

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Get a routine going. Bath, read, feed, then bed. What ever works best for you.

Elizabeth - posted on 12/22/2008

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Its never easy. How are you putting the baby to sleep? I have found that rocking her with soft music or even laying down next to her and rbbing her face and head soothes her and she is usually out in a matter of minutes. You need to make sure this isnt a lot of sound and lights on. That is a big destraction to them.

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