any ideas on how to put a 5 week old to sleep instead of falling asleep on the boob?
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Shae - posted on 12/02/2008
My baby is now 3 months, and when she was around 4-6 weeks old, I remember thinking the same thing, because I would always nurse her to sleep...4 or 5 times some nights! It was very frustrating, because she would be out like a light, and as soon as I placed her in her crib, then she would wake up and scream, and we were back at square one.
Just know that this is a phase, and it will soon pass. I have just noticed in the last few weeks, that my baby has started going to sleep on her own. I have just put her in her crib, and sometimes she will cry/whimper a bit, and as much as I want to get her so that I can soothe her and put her back to bed...I just wait it out, and usually within 20-30 seconds, she is calmed down again, and has fallen asleep. I think that it will come as your baby gets a bit older, she/he will be able to go to sleep better on their own. Good luck!
Hilary - posted on 12/03/2008
I used a pacifier. Some will tell you that this will interfere with breastfeeding, but I didn't think it did with my daughter. Nurse them, then slip them the binky...then you can lay them down. Using a pacifier at night also reduces the incidence of SIDS.
Jennifer - posted on 12/02/2008
With new born babies you kind of have to go with the flow. However, after feeding you can give a binky and then put the baby down. I used to put a heating pad on my daughter's crib mattress to warm it, take it off and then put her down in the warm spot. It would help her stay asleep after nursing. I think most babies fall asleep nursing. Then there is the old stand-by of pacing the house while patting on the back!
Marianne - posted on 12/02/2008
Swaddle them tight in a blanket as you rock them jiggle there head just a little (do not shake them) then make a shhhhhhh noise in there ear. Watch the happiest baby on the block it will show exactly how to do this, it is an amazing dvd. Babies like to be reminded of being in the womb, white noise works better then music it will help them sleep deeper & longer that why the shhhhhhh works you can also use a blow dryer, running tape water, or a vacumn. They do make white noise machines.
Krista - posted on 12/02/2008
Brandy Utz had a good suggestion for you and her theory is further explained in a book I found helpful with my three children called BABY WISE by Gary Ezzo. I did not follow the book to the tee but did agree with the majority of the concepts laid out. Each of my children were sleeping throughout the night by 5 weeks old at the latest, and not falling asleep on the boob after that point.
Paulette - posted on 12/02/2008
Hi, Julz. I think it is a boy thing because mine did it too. But not my girl. The lactation consultant told me to unwrap him so he isn't too snuggly warm. Tickle his feet or find another thing that makes him stir. She also said pacifiers are not bad to use either. I had found a new item with my daughter called My Brestfriend.(www.mybrestfriend.com) It is a nursing pillow that works better than others. It takes the stress off the neck and back by supporting the lumbar region and the baby. There is a book call The Nursing Mother's Companion by Kathleen Huggins, R.N., M.S. it helped give me a lot of info. Plus on a sleep deprived brain it was easy to comprehend. LOL Well I hope this info will help you. Take care, Paulette
User - posted on 12/02/2008
Try bundling her tight and setting her in a swing on a low setting for about 10-15 mins it may help her get nice and sleepy and then you could put her down when she is groggy if she hasn't already fallen asleep in the swing. This is what I did with my daughter Chloe. It was the only way that she liked to go to sleep as a newborn. Now she does great if I just lay her in her crib. But she is a major finger sucker.
Neely - posted on 12/02/2008
I remember that phase well. Walking in the dark and rocking in the dark both helped, but honestly, my son usually fell asleep so quickly on the boob that I gave up fighting it and just went with the flow. He fell asleep, I rocked for a few minutes until he was deep asleep, then put him down. If I didn't feel like rocking I would put him down not quite asleep or barely asleep and pat him or rest my hands on him in his crib until he went back to sleep.
Looking back, I recall how sleep-deprived I was and how I wished I could skip the rocking or walking on those occasions when he didn't fall asleep at the boob, but in the grand scheme of things it was a temporary issue. He started sleeping through the night at about 6 weeks. It only lasted until teething at 4.5 months, but it was nice while it lasted!
My little guy just turned one and we still nurse to sleep at bedtime and usually once in the middle of the night. If he wakes more than once I just hug him for reassurance and then put him back down and reassure him with a pat and my voice. I now LOVE that he falls asleep nursing. I get to rock him and cuddle him after he falls asleep, with his soft fuzzy little head pressed against my chest. He's constantly on the move when he's awake, so I cherish every moment of that quite time, often lingering for quite a while after he's fallen asleep because I hate to put him down. You'll get there too.
Samantha - posted on 12/02/2008
I remember my little guy doing that too! His pediatrician suggested a pacifier. She said that babies have a natural instinct to suck and it calms them. Don't know how you feel about soothers, but it worked for us and we weened him off of it by the time he was 8 or 9 months.
Stephanie - posted on 12/02/2008
No ideas - just remember it well. It looks like you have an older child too, so you know this too will pass. I have three and all three of them stopped falling asleep at breast at some point, and that was the point we started working on other ways to go to sleep. With my first it was just nursing for way too long until sleep finally came. Then the twins came and it was soothing bedtime ritual and into crib time. Good luck!
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