Baby nearly 7 months still bein rocked to sleep....HELP!!!!

Mandy - posted on 01/12/2013 ( 9 moms have responded )

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Has any1 any ideas how would i get my nearly 7 month old baby to sleep on her own....since she was born we hav rocked her to sleep then put her into her cot.......i would love to get her out of this routinue,we blame ourselfs for starting this!!!!Would appreciate any advise!!!!

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Jennifer - posted on 01/14/2013

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I still sleep with my girl at night. I lay with her as she falls asleep and uses a pacifier. Once shes asleep I can leave and have some "me" time. Naps she can go into her crib to fall asleep. And recently I've given her a stuffie to snuggle. She likes it close to her face. i think it reminds her of nursing to sleep which is the way we spent the first 3 months at night.

I guess it all depends on the baby. i still rock her to sleep for naps occasionally if she seems fussy. The No Cry Nap Solution helped me. I didn't use it exactly, but some of the ideas worked for us.

I hope you find a solution. I know how much your back and arms can suffer!

~♥Little Miss - posted on 01/13/2013

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Then rock her to sleep. Clearly that is what she needs. It is time consuming, but some bonding for the both of you.

Mandy - posted on 01/13/2013

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i hav tried every nite holdin her hand and rubbing her face when she is in her cot but she gets so energetic and will end up crying herself into a state....and i cant b listening to her crying i hate it!!!!!

~♥Little Miss - posted on 01/13/2013

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I still rock my daughter and she is an extremely independent 2 yrs 8 months.

Evelyn - posted on 01/13/2013

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It depends on the child and the needs. Some kids need that comfort a bit more than others. I rocked my kids to sleep when they were older than that.

Shawnn - posted on 01/13/2013

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well, that (for me) would be problematic...so I'd say go with Jennifer's suggestion!

Mandy - posted on 01/13/2013

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yeah dats true i prob wud miss it if we stopped but when we rock her to sleep and try to put her into her cot she wakes and its impossible to get her back to sleep...we hav to rock her again or put her into our bed to get her asleep and as soon as we go to move her she wakes....so she's started sleeping in our bed more!!!!

Shawnn - posted on 01/13/2013

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I, personally, enjoyed the rocking age. My eldest was rocked till he was 3, and determined that he was a 'big boy' that didn't need rocked any more. My youngest didn't like to be held, so no rocking at all, and I missed it.

If I were you, I'd enjoy it a while longer. Once you give it up, you don't get it back, and they're only little for a blink of an eye...then they're 'grown up' and too big to snuggle.

Jennifer - posted on 01/12/2013

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i spent several weeks doing the same thing! What I discovered was that I had never really given her the chance to try to fall asleep on her own. At the time we used a bassinet for naps, now shes in her crib, so my daughter already knew that the bassinet was for sleep. We also had a nap routine. So one day I did her nap routine, placed her in her bassinet then let her play with my hand. When she fussed I picked her up then put her back down and told her it was sleepytime. She didnt fuss very much. She played with my hand as I sat beside her bassinet and then drifted off to sleep. Eventually after about a week I stopped putting my hand in her bassinet. Then a few days later I would just place her in her bassinet and close the door. She uses a pacifier at naps times also. Of course I tried to watch for sleepy cues as well. Hope this helps :)

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