Nicola - posted on 11/26/2009 ( 22 moms have responded )
My daughter is 12 weeks old and we have got into some bad habits. At night time she has always fallen asleep on my breast and I have just put her in her moses basket straight from the breast asleep. In the day time for her naps we have always rocked her in our arms and let her either sleep on us or in her pram. However, realising our bad habits and now suffering with very bad backs we are desperatly trying to get her to nap in her cot and want her to be able to settle herself when she is tired rather than us having to rock her for 20 minutes!
I have been trying all day to get her to nap in her cot, but each time I try and her head hits the mattress she wakes up and screams at me. I am well aware of the crying it out technique, but am so worried she will think I've abandoned her that I'm so scared to try it and I just can't listen to her scream the heart wrenching screams that she does! I have tried settling her, leaving her to cry for a few minutes then going back in, settling her again, etc, etc, but she just doesn't give me! We are now both exhausted and she hasn't napped all day! I know a day isn't long enough to get out of three months of bad habits, but can someone please just clarify that I'm doing the right thing as I spend the whole day second guessing myself! Can anyone offer any advice on her we can overcome these bad habits? We would be so grateful!