Is it ok to let my 8 month old sleep on his own

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Cecilia - posted on 12/03/2013

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If you no longer wish to rock him to sleep then feel free to set up a new routine. As someone else said, sometimes it helps to just stay by the crib and talk to them or hold their hand as they are falling asleep it helps them know you are there. Also feel free to start reading stories or sing. They get to listen to your voice as they fall asleep.

Not all children are able to be set into their crib and walked away from. Some do fine with it. My one child was 9 before I stopped reading to her at night time. Some might think I'm crazy for it but I enjoyed it and so did she, what's the harm in together time?

Mila - posted on 12/03/2013

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Let him be when he is tired he will go to sleep if you get him used to go alone it will be easy for you as he will be more independent .

Peg - posted on 12/03/2013

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OK....way to honest here. I know it is a fad to have your children sleep with you or sleep in a basinet next to your bed while you are nursing but come on people. Kids should be raised early to sleep in they're own rooms in they're own beds (cribs). Your child should already be able to be put down and with maybe minimal crying fall asleep without you standing over him or holding him. We are so coddleing our kids these days.

Michelle - posted on 11/30/2013

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My children were in their own rooms as soon as we were home from the hospital. they have always been able to put themselves to sleep so I can't really help.
You need to stop rocking ASAP or you will be doing it for a long time yet. Maybe find some books on sleep training that would suit you.

Connie - posted on 11/30/2013

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yes it is possible...try a warm bath after a full tummy then instead of rocking put him in bed and pull up a chair. try reading a book or singing something quiet. let him hold your hand if that helps to start. it will not be an overnight fix but it will not take long for him to understand the new routine...also, try to be consistent...a routine helps and so does a bedtime. Good luck and God bless!

Radhika - posted on 11/30/2013

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Hi Michelle , sorry for not being clear in my question . My baby has his crib , and he sleeps in that ....but looks for me to rock him , to put him to sleep . I am looking for him to be sleeping independently . Am I thinking right ? Is it possible at this stage?

Michelle - posted on 11/30/2013

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Put them in the cot in another room. It's hard to help you anymore then that when you haven't told us anything.
Where has the baby been sleeping until now?
Have you been co sleeping or are they just in your room?
Do they have their own room or are you just wanting to put them in a cot in your room?
Sooo many questions that we really need to know to help.

Radhika - posted on 11/30/2013

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Hi Katherine , I basically want to know of how can I put my baby to the habit of going to sleep on his own .

Connie - posted on 11/29/2013

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by all means unless there is another issue. 8 months is plenty old to sleep on their own. good luck and God bless!

Katherine - posted on 11/29/2013

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Can you give more detail? I'm not really sure what the issue is or why he wouldn't be allowed to sleep alone in a safe environment.

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