how can I get my 7 month old to fall asleep on her own?

Jessica - posted on 10/23/2012 ( 4 moms have responded )

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Until she was four months old she would fall asleep on her own in her crib then we had to move because our whole apartment complex was infested with bed bug. we had to throw out our bed couches and her crib. sowe were sleeping on the floor at our new place for a few weeks until we got new crib, bed and couches. since then i cant get her to fall asleep on her own.. what should i do/try?

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Bobbie - posted on 10/23/2012

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I think she will adjust easily to a new routine. I would start with an afternoon nap time routine. If she has a favorite soother, such as a crib mobile I would settle her into a routine to sleep. For example, she probably still goes down for a morning nap before lunch and one in the afternoon. Get her and yourself into a routine of both time and steps taken to signal nap time.

For example, for her morning nap you play with her for a full hour leading up to nap time. Then you give her a bottle and settle her into cuddling and getting sleepy. Place her in her bed with a smile even if she is crying, turn on her mobile and walk away. She should only cry for a 10 minutes or so at that age and then slowly fall to sleep. Without interference or you coming in she will learn to self sooth and fall to sleep on her own. She will then expect the same routine in the evening.

Also, if daddy is playing with her getting her to giggle be excited in the evenings the routine needs to be kept that all play slows down to cuddle quiet time an hour before her set bedtime.

Lastly, let her body rythms help you determine her new routine. Look for when she starts to rub her eyes in the evening. As she grows she will need more and more sleep. You may find that she is over tired and fussy from lack of sleep which makes a baby fight sleep even harder. I know, didn't make sense to me either. But my children slept better at night from having scheduled naps during the day. They also slept better at night and went down easier when put to bed earlier. I use to keep them up to see their daddy when he came home at 10pm. Getting them to go to bed when he changed shifts was a real bear! But if I put them down no later than 7:30 they slept until 7:00. If I put them to be later they got up earlier and much more fussy.

Hope that helps

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Jessica - posted on 10/23/2012

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Lol it would be nice if he started work at 3pm but he works from 10am-9:30pm with an hour and a half break at 3pm but he works far so he catches the bus and its a two hour ride. Which makes him leave at 8am and get home at 10:30-11pm.. Its hard but we do manage.. We both have tried lowering the frame but cant figure it out.. We may be getting a new crib soon though sorry to ramble on

Bobbie - posted on 10/23/2012

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A routine can be anything that works for your family but still sets guidelines. If she can climb out of her crib at 7 months you have a champion climber there! Setting her mattress is probably not more than a 10 minute fix that daddy needs to do for her safety.

If you spend time as a family when daddy comes home she is getting all excited and wind up, no baby is going to want to go to sleep after that. But I know many families who have this work schedule and they thrive by working their schedule to fit their needs. Many of the moms even home school their children so that they can continue the bonding time they get by being on their fathers schedule. My girlfriend home schools her son and the household sleeps until 11:00 a.m. Breakfast is served as a family. Dad then plays with his son and they have family time until the dad leaves for work at 3:00. Then she teaches him school from 3:00 until 8:00 pm. When dad gets home at 12:30 they have dinner and tv time. They watch movies together and chill until 2 or 3. Then they sleep from 3 until 11.

Jessica - posted on 10/23/2012

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Thank you it does help.. I usually just put her to nap when she gets sleepy not at a set time so ill give that a try.. I cant leave her to cry in her crib because she can pull herself up to stand and can climb over the side of her crib ive tried lowering the matress frame but eigther it doesnt lower or I cant figure it out.. Ive asked people to help but it must not be as important to anyone else lol.. Anyway ill will try putting her down for a nap at a set time.. Also she doesnt go to sleep until midnight because her dad doesnt get home till 10:30-11 and is gone ALL day he works a crazy schedule :-/

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