Gabriela - posted on 05/09/2012 ( 11 moms have responded )
I recently put my 9 week old boy on a Save Our Sleep routine, problem is, he won't self-settle. According to the book (Save Our Sleep), I'm supposed to swaddle him and put him in his bassinet awake. Walk out of the room and let him settle on his own. If I can't stand his protests, and more than 6 minutes of continuos protests (no 5 second breaks) have passed, I ca go in and either pat him or rub his belly until he settles, or if I have patted or rubbed for 22 minutes I can take a 10 min break and start over again. You will usually get some protests, and then a very high pitched protest which usually gets parents rushing in, and then they fall asleep and this usually happens before the 6 mins are up (that was the case with my eldest daughter). However, my little boy will start protesting and then it seems to me that he goes into an emotional cry. He won't settle in the six minutes and then I can go in and pat him for 1 1/2 hours and he still hasn't fallen asleep. What's worse, even if I pick him up and comfort him, he'll continue to cry. Then I'll keep him up until he's next programed sleep ad he'll be nearly switching off while you try to keep him awake. Then I put him in his bassinet, and it's the same story over again and no settling. So far, during the day I usually end up wrapping him to me (all his 5.3 Kg) so he'll fall asleep. And at night, I'm patting him to sleep... And at night he seems to sleep best on his tummy in my bed. Yes, I know, not a safe sleeping place or position, but it's even less safe to have a sleep deprived mom. So any suggestions on getting him to self-settle will be greatly appreciated.