Do babies seem to sleep better when they are with someone else and not mom?

Shauna - posted on 11/07/2009 ( 13 moms have responded )

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My BabyBelle seems to sleep so much better when MY mother is watching her. Or if someone else is baby sitting her. She sleeps so sound for other people, but when she's with me...she has a baby radar that goes off. If I leave the room...she's awake. Like maybe she wants to be WITH me so much she wont settle if I'm there?



Any opinions or suggestions? Am I just crazy?

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Teresa - posted on 11/07/2009

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as we all know not all babies are the same. some prefer their own bed in their own surroundings find a favorite toy or blankie. use music. experiment to see what will work.
she may not be as far asleep as you think when you are trying to leave the room.
let her cry a couple of minutes to see if she will calm herself down. and if nothing else, ask her pediatrician.

Erin - posted on 11/07/2009

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Trust me, get over that. My daughter will be two in a little over a month and she refuses to sleep for my mother. She has no problem taking a nap for her father or I but as soon as she's at grandma's, it's a whole different story.

Shauna - posted on 11/07/2009

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Everyone has their own pet names for her. I call her whatever comes out first. Just because you dont like it doesn't make it a bad nick name. Just dont call your kids that and all is well. Perhaps you would like me to refer to her as BooBelle better? Or for your sake perhaps I should just call her by name and stick to Isabella.

I don't stress at all walkin out of the room. She will be asleep and will stay down for 10-15 then wake back up. If she makes small noises I usually leave her be. If she flat out cries I go back. I actually dont stress much at all when it comes to her, or to leaving her. I miss her something fierce when my mom watches her, but I dont make a big deal out of it so that she DOESNT pick up on me getting upset. I make it a quick and easy seperation.

Sharon - posted on 11/07/2009

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Babybelle? is she a cheese? Ok I'm kidding but wow bad nickname.

Babies are tuned into their moms' and can sense the feelings their parents have. STOP STRESSING. She's asleep. leave the room without freaking out, even silently. Leave with confidence and sercurity that she is safe & asleep. Ignore the tiny rustlings and stirrings, don't go back for a second look.

Emilie - posted on 11/07/2009

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My kids were not like that at all. If anybody else was to baby sit they would not sleep, they would be very tiered and cranky when I got them home. If they ever did go to sleep at somebody else house they would not sleep long. I guess it was because they were in an unfamiliar bed.

Paula - posted on 11/07/2009

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Do you co-sleep? My peditrician told me to leave our daughter for 5 min. and let her fuss. Then step back into the room reassure her and then leave again. The next night increase the time to 10 min. Each night increase the time 5 min. When you reassure her don't pick her up or touch her. Use just your voice. She has trained you! You will have to let her fuss,(not impossible but very tough!!!)

Tricha - posted on 11/07/2009

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i dont think so. i think babies can sense their mothers and feel safer and more calm with them. but if u are a little stressed babies can sense that so that would be the only way your baby would sleep better with someone else

Erin - posted on 11/07/2009

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My daughter sleeps really well at daycare will take a two hour nap at home I am lucky if she sleeps for 1/2. Although when my MIL watches her, Haylie will only sleep for 10-15 min. then she's ready to play.

Cathy - posted on 11/07/2009

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I DONT THINK SO WHEN I HAD MY FIRST HE WOULDNT TAKE LONG NAPS UNLESS I WAS AROUND.SOMETIMES MY MOM WOULD WATCH HIM AND SHE WOULD TELL ME HIS NAPS WOULD ONLY BE 10 OR 15 MINS LONG.AND I KNEW NORMALLY HIS NAPS WOULD BE 30 MINS TO AN HOURS SO I GATHERED HE WAS MISSING THE SENT OF HIS MOTHER.

Shannon - posted on 11/07/2009

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My almost 3 month old is the same way. As soon as my mother has her, she will lay in the bed content until she falls asleep. She will also wake up and go right back to sleep. But if I'm around... if she so much as hears my voice... it's another story entirely. She insists on being held 24/7 and only sleeps short periods of time. LOL

Lorie - posted on 11/07/2009

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My first son was like that, So what I did as soon as I would put him down ( if he was sleeping ) or as soon as he fell alsleep I would put a shirt that I had on that day or the day before in the crib with him so he would be able to smell my scent all night. ( or nap ).

Its worth a try, It worked for my son and thats the ONLY thing that worked

Christyna - posted on 11/07/2009

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Yes they do as they know excatly how Mum works and they know Mum will pick them up and play

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