Getting baby to sleep without rocking

Lyndsay - posted on 06/11/2009 ( 13 moms have responded )

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My son is almost 9 months old. Recently he has started to hate going to sleep in his crib. He has to be rocked to sleep and then put in his crib once he's been sleeping for a bit. Sometimes in the middle of the night it gets difficult because he'll wake up and not go back to sleep on his own. Normally I wouldn't mind letting him cry it out but due to our living situation there are 2 issues:

1. We only have 1 bedroom so his crib is in our room, which makes it hard to let him cry it out at night

2. He knows how to pull himself up into standing (and does this often) but is unable to get back down.

I am willing to try anything!!!

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Maria - posted on 05/05/2013

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We had the same problem with our son and it was not till he started self-setling that he would sleep through the night. For making the transition from rocking him to sleep to self-settling easier for him (and us), we used the "vibrating-baby-sleeper" app for iPhones. It works by sending soothing and relaxing vibrations through the mattress that made him relax and eventually self-settle. Hope it will work for you and other parents too!

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/vibrating-baby-sleeper/id599959685?ls=1&mt=8

Jade - posted on 06/12/2009

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Have you tried soft music? My little one wont sleep when its quiet and he likes to be in motion to. You could try a mobile attached to his crib too.

Rebecca - posted on 06/12/2009

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stop rockin him it will get worse as he gets older , keep him in his cot and when he stands up keep lyin him down ,dont speak or make eye contact with him sit in the bedroom with him on a chair just a bit away from his cot this might take a couple of nights but its worth it had same prob with my 2yr old , also put the cot out of the way of doors and windows because if they can see whats goin on it makes it harder 4 them 2 go 2 sleep hope this helps

Darlene - posted on 06/12/2009

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I started out by getting an extra bottle and making the hole in the nipple a little larger and adding pablum to the breast milk gave my little one a fuller tummy and also used music. I started out with nature sounds but found that the heartbeat sound worked better. Conair sells a sound maker with various sounds such as ocean, stream, summer insects, white static, heartbeat, birds and etc. I found that my children started to wiggle their feet sending the rocking motion to the rest of their body and thus rocked themselves to sleep. The Conair soundmaker also switched off after a certain amount of time so it wasn't needlessly making noise after they had fallen asleep.

Lyndsay - posted on 06/12/2009

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Ok so day one of working at this...I've been trying to let him cry it out but going in to lay him back down without talking to him. Today I only had to go in 3 times-compared to the previous 6-10 times. After 15 minutes at the most he went to sleep on his own....Each day will be a challenge-I have a stubborn boy.

Jill - posted on 06/11/2009

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I read "How to Solve Your Child's Sleep Problems" by David (?) Ferber and he has excellent ideas on this...I actually just read the sections I needed to read about the Progressive Waiting Approach (some mentioned this above...you could probably google it), but there are so many wonderful nuggets in that book. I had to stop rocking my son to sleep when my back hurt so badly that it forced me to come up with something else. I had to help him learn to fall asleep on his own. I would put him in his crib before he fell asleep. Some things that also helped were establishing routines for naptime and bedtime. And, we didn't spend a ton of time on the routines, just enough that it cued him in to what was coming. There were absolutely tears as we transitioned, but man, I was so thrilled when he fell asleep on his own for the first time!! It was worth it and it took less time than we thought it would. That being said, every mom and every child is different, so do what you feel is best for all of you!

Cathralynn - posted on 06/11/2009

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You might have a double whammy. My daughter went through separation anxiety at night around 8mo when she previously put herself to sleep and slept thru so would wake just to be held. I let her cry it out after trying a months worth of everything that didn't work. It only took one night and now she's great. But since your son stands up he might be practicing at night and all will resolve itself when he learns to get back down. You might just stick with your current method of calming him since you think crying is not an option for you and see what happens in a few weeks. Good luck!

Carole - posted on 06/11/2009

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I have a 10 month old daughter and a nephew who is 1. I have two techniques. For my daughter I make sure I feed her a little bit of cereal close to bed time but not too late and give her some milk(or formula). She has a music aquarium that I put on which I used for my older daughter who is now 2. Neither one would go to sleep without it. Music seems to be the key along with a full belly. My nephew however was a different story. He stayed over one night without his Mommy. I had him in the pack n play. He would cry and stand up and I would just keep laying him down. Over and over and over every five minutes then 10 mins. (the SuperNanny is good for this one.) Eventually he would just lay down everytime he saw me and eventually went to sleep. It was a longer process but the same result.

Ingrid - posted on 06/11/2009

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I would say rock him until he is drowsy and then put him in his crib. He needs to learn how to self soothe himself back to sleep. Our children shared our room for the first year and they are excellent sleepers at this point, at least for the most part. Also do not get him for every beep that he makes, I did this and for a while I was so tired. Then my husband said that I should not always get them because maybe they are just stirring, I stopped getting them as soon as they made a noise and 9 out of 10 times they were ablet o get themselves back to sleep

Catherine - posted on 06/11/2009

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Rock him....they grow up so quick and then they are just to big for everything....LOL

Keisha - posted on 06/11/2009

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I broke my son of this by changing the rocking position. I would lay him on his back on my lap and rock while holding his hands. Then, when he fell asleep I would transition him to his crib. He eventually got used to falling asleep on his back, and after a while I could just lay him on his back in the crib and he knew it was time to sleep. You also may have to just let him cry. It is tough, but go to bed after he is asleep so you are not in the room with him. Try to let him cry for longer amounts of time each time. check on him after 5 min. for a few days, let him know it is ok then walk out of the room again and do it every 5 min. then increase after a few days, eventually he'll get it.

Stacey - posted on 06/11/2009

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I would cut back on the duration of rocking each night until I just held my daughter for a few minutes then put her in her crib with music. When he wakes up try the music if it does not bother you too much.

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