Co-sleeping and how to wean baby into crib

Jennifer - posted on 04/25/2016 ( 1 mom has responded )




I have a high needs baby. She is now 15 weeks old and I have co-slept with her in my bed since she was about 3 weeks old. Since that's that only way I'll get any sleep. She is not a good napper and will only sleep 10-25 minutes at a time. If I'm lucky she will take an hr and a half nap. She fall's asleep when I nurse her, all the time. I want to transition her into her bassinet, which is one of those ones you put on the bed in the middle. But the problem is that she will not fall asleep. She will cry and cry until I pick her up and lay her with me and nurse her. I'm afraid I have gotten her into a bad habit of sleeping with me. I want to eventually get her to sleep in her crib in her room. I can't do the CIO method as she will just cry and cry and get worse and its hard to calm her down. I'm getting very tired of this and its stressing me out. If anyone has any advice how I can get my high needs baby to sleep on her own would be very appreciated. Thanks mommies


Raye - posted on 04/25/2016




It's normal for really young babies to wake up every 1-2 hours during the night. That is a different issue than the co-sleeping. To transition her into not needing to be held to sleep, you should put her down in the bassinet or crib when she's really drowsy, but still not yet asleep, and let her fall asleep the rest of the way on her own. This will take practice. If she screams bloody murder, then pick her up, sooth her, and repeat the process of putting her back down before she's fully asleep. She may need to be swaddled to feel like mommy's still hugging her. Be patient.

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