what's a fast way to put your 4 month old baby to sleep
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Kim - posted on 11/15/2009
I actually disagree with a lot of moms on this panel. I was always told by my pediatrician to NEVER put cereal in their bottle! They can choke on it! I also disagree with keeping the room warm. Studies show that cooler rooms (68-72 degrees) can reduce the chances of SIDS, A baby from 2-4 months is at the highest risk of SIDS. Here's what I would suggest: Definitely a warm, relaxing bath. Immediately bring them into a dim-lit bedroom and give them a light massage with baby lotion. I also highly recommend a sound machine that plays ocean sounds or rainfall. Sometimes when a room is too quiet it's harder to sleep and stay asleep. Maybe even a small oscillating fan on a dresser across the room can help. Studies show that a small fan can actually reduce the chances of SIDS by 74%! Also, if your baby wants to sleep during the day, that's okay. Just put them in their room but don't make it too dark in there. It helps them to learn night and day. If they wake up, give them a few minutes to go back to sleep on their own. If not, go in there and rock them back to sleep. You cannot spoil a baby under 6 months! Be patient, sleeping through the night WILL happen. Some babies don't sleep through the night until 4-5 months old!
Danyelle - posted on 11/15/2009
I think the most important thing is to get him on a schedule. If he isn't already on one try to get him on one. I know it will be hard to do but it really helps. I agree with the other moms, try to get him to stay up as long as possible. If that doesn't help make sure all of the basics are done, clean diaper, full belly, warm bed. Also something that really helped with both of mine is giving them some down time b4 bed. Low lighting, nothing exciting, like loud noises or noisy toys, etc., etc. Most of all be patient, he'll eventually get tired of being awake all of the time.
Kericia - posted on 11/15/2009
To get him to sleep longer at night I would first give him a warm bath. When you are drying him off keep the room dimly lit and play soft music. Then give him a baby massage. Look it up online its very easy. Finally give him a warm bottle. If he is on cereal make sure to put some in the bottle. This works for my 3 month old daughter. Good luck!!
Carla - posted on 11/15/2009
Dont worry or get stressed out music and bottle and cereal and bath rock the child to sleep
Sometimes the child want to be held and hear the your heart beat be close to you
I will say this never give child meds to sleep very harmful
When my daughter was that young, she would either nurse to sleep and if she didn't nurse to sleep I would just rock her until she fell asleep. She eventually transitioned from nursing to sleep and rocking to sleep to me being able to just put her in her crib wide awake and she would go to sleep on her own. She is just a really good sleeper. But you have to remember all babies aren't the same, which means what might work for my baby won't work for yours. At 4 or 5 months, my daughter would wake up in the middle of the night and did not want to go back to sleep for 2 hours so I would just take her out in the living room and hold her, lay her on her playmat until she got sleepy again. Kinda miserable to be up in the middle of the night but it was either that or let her cry!
Jeannine - posted on 11/15/2009
Have you tried soft music? With my daughter since she was 2 weeks old I would put soft music on, make sure I gave her a cereal bottle before bed, and I would rock her until she fell asleep and she sleeps better because her belly is fuller..
Amber - posted on 11/15/2009
My children are very good sleepers. I find a bath, a bottle and wrap the baby up tightly puts mine to sleep pretty well. Failing that, a lot of people will tell you not to hold your baby too much when it goes to sleep or it'll expect it, but the warmth from your body and the sound of your heart beating is a comfort to your baby. Heat also makes a baby tired so keep the baby in a warm room, a warm bed, or even on an electric blanket (safely of course) Send ours to sleep everytime..
Try not to put him in bed with you or you'll never get him out... make sure he always goes to sleep in his own place.
Alisha - posted on 11/15/2009
What always worked for my duaghter was a warm bath, then a bottle with cereal, and keeping her swattled up in a blanket! She is 2 years old now and she will still swattle herself up in her blanckets at night. Some babies just need that tight secure feeling to sleep. As soon as I di this she slept the entire night and have from there on out! Hope this helps.
Tiffani - posted on 11/15/2009
My baby slept longer when I covered the head of her mattress with a pillow case I used the last week. She seemed soothed by the smell of me. A large shirt or nightshirt of yours would also work. I just made sure to pull it tight then safety pinned it under the mattress so it wouldn't come loose and sufficate her, and she couldn't be scratched with the pins. Good luck
Anna - posted on 11/15/2009
That is normal for a young baby - their sleep cycles are only 45mins - 1 hour long. During the day, that might be long enough for a nap. In the evening, if you want him to stay asleep for the night, it helps if you are close by him so as soon as you hear him stir you can soothe him back to sleep before he becomes fully awake. Try just placing a hand on him so he knows you're there and maybe making some shhh shhh noises. At that age, my son was hungry every hour so I would breastfeed him back to sleep. Carrying him also helped.
Sharita - posted on 11/15/2009
Is the baby formula or breast fed? Don't let him take as many naps during the day especially after 3 pm. Give him a warm bath and feeding before bedtime. Don't provide any stimulation that might wake him up such as the T.V., lights, or noise. Normally babies only get 5 to 6 hours of sleep a night. He might still have his days and nights confused.
Kimberly - posted on 11/15/2009
There is really no easy way but I don't rock my son to sleep instead I put him to bed around the same time every night or when you see him get tired and then I just lay him in bed that way studies say if they can learn to fall asleep themselves they can put themselves to sleep if they wake up at night.It seems to work for me my son has slept through the night since he was 1 month old
Sharon - posted on 11/15/2009
Make sure he's full and warm but not hot. Make sure he has had a good full day being out & about and that he is tired before laying him down.
Laying him down when he isn't really tired but just because you are, sets a bad precedent for him. The crib/bassinet is for sleeping, not playing.
Try to keep him up all day and at night feed him cereal and and bottle. My son was the same way and the doctor had said to give him cereal at night then his bottle. My son sleep better. I rocked him at first then I just put him down so he could learn to fall asleep on his own.
Eva - posted on 11/15/2009
i agree with Kristine about keeping him up as long as possible during the day and at night give him a nice warm bath before bed using the Johnson's bedtime baby bath and wash lotion him down really good massaging his body and he should be good especially if you give him n nice warm bottle before you give him a bath. it used to work for my little one all the time
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