Is it ok for my baby to sleep on me at night after breastfeeding?

R - posted on 08/06/2013 ( 11 moms have responded )

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My baby is 1 week old and she won't go to sleep at night if i put her in the bassinet. She will only sleep if i lay her on my chest after breastfeeding. I hear that it is okay to do that from some sources and others say that she will end up never being able to sleep on her own?

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Danicia - posted on 08/09/2013

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your baby is a week old. it's comforting to her. our daughter slept with us for the first 2 months of her life until we started transitioning to solo sleeping. you do what is right for you and your baby. as long as you aren't rolling or anything I don't see any problem with it. once your baby starts rolling herself then it'd prob be a good idea to try a new routine. good luck momma!

Alisha - posted on 08/08/2013

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My baby has been sleeping with me since she was born, now she's 3 months old & she sleeps fine by herself.... when I want her to. My baby did the same thing, it's just way easier to let them sleep with you, if u feel like u won't roll over or anything. I think she'll be fine.

Bk - posted on 08/08/2013

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The fisher price sleeper is safe and good recomended to me by two of my friends who used them. It use for worked for my daughter who hated to be swaddled (never made her once out of hospital)sleeps now with arms apart at five months when she was little she would put her hands behind head even bassinet on pack and play she grew out of fast tried to turn and I was afraid she would suffocate so tried sleep and play its at an angle that also can help with reflux and related sleep issues best of luck and to with motherly instinct is my advice you know what's best for your child

Amanda - posted on 08/08/2013

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swaddling is the way to go nice and tight!!! worked like a charm with 2 out of 3 of my kids

Heather - posted on 08/08/2013

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okay my baby is going to be 2 weeks old tomorrow and let me just say that this week I stayed up with her 3 nights solid getting 1 to 2 hours of sleep tops and I would breast feed her til she fell asleep and the second I layed her in her bassinet she started screaming bloody murder so last night I propped myself up on my couch where there was no way she would roll off my chest and no way I could roll on her and she slept all night minus waking up every few hours to eat and get her diaper changed but I know everyone is against this but if it gets you and the baby some sleep sometimes you just have to for piece of mind

R - posted on 08/08/2013

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Thanks, yea I tried swaddling with her arms out also and she just does this worm thing with her legs and starts kicking it off! I know I just need to get her into a routine and it'll get better slowly but I hate hearing her cry also...

Sarah - posted on 08/07/2013

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There is a thing by fisherprice called Sleep and Play (I believe)....it cuddles the baby some. Some pack and plays have a newborn sleeper attachment to them. Here are a couple links of these products. You can find them at Target, Walmart, Baby's R Us.
http://www.fisher-price.com/en_US/search...

http://www.target.com/s?searchTerm=pack+...

For the swaddle have you tried leaving his arms out of the swaddle? My daughter would wiggle out when fully swaddled, but liked to be swaddled with her arms out of the swaddle. I know some babies just don't like the swaddle too. It is OK to let him cry for a little bit. He is little and learning, but letting him cry a little here and there is not going to harm him. (crying helps the lungs develop :) ). Each baby is going to be different and some babies are going to be very content and easy going and others are going to be more demanding and high strung. The more content and easy going babies are not going to cry as much as those that are more on the demanding and high strung side.

R - posted on 08/07/2013

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Thanks, the problems is that she doesn't like to be swaddled... She starts wiggling and breaking out and crying... what else can I buy to get her to be comfortable in the bassinet? I read that there should be nothing else in there because they can suffocate on pretty much anything. I have sleep sacks for her but she still cries when she gets put in the bassinet. I tried putting her down right after feeding, I tried waiting until she was sleeping and put her down but she still starts to stir and cry. I also read that it is not good to let a newborn cry and not be attended to right away for the first few months.

Sarah - posted on 08/06/2013

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I would not have him sleep on your chest. What happens is then that becomes routine and the only way he will fall asleep. Then when he is 6, 7, 8 months old and you want to get some things done while he naps you can't because he will only sleep with you holding him. What I would do is swaddle him and lay him down. There are also things you can buy that help cuddle the baby more then just a plain bassinet. Sleeping on you here and there is not a bad thing....just not as safe and in the long run not helpful.

Ev - posted on 08/06/2013

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I had only a bassinet when my son was born. I breast fed him as well and often he would fall asleep on me on the chest. But I put him in his bassinet after or his dad would. It is dangerous to let a child totally sleep in your bed at this age. You could roll over on the child or the child could fall off the bed and even if on the inside by the wall could still fall between the wall and mattress. You have to be careful of kids this little sleeping in the bed with parents.

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