Baby won't sleep in bassinet or crib...

Jenny - posted on 07/09/2009 ( 150 moms have responded )

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It seems the only place my daughter (11 days old) will sleep is when we are holding her! Any advice on how to get her to sleep in her bassinet or crib?

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User - posted on 10/19/2012

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My son was the same way. I soon realized no one was getting any sleep so we coslept for 9 months. I took precautions to make sure he was safe and just got used to him sleeping on my arm. He was breastfeeding the whole time so it actually ended up being easier. When I weaned him I decided to put him in his own crib in his own room. I was very nervous that he wouldn't take to it. It did take a few weeks of crying and adjusting but now he sleeps better (and longer) than ever! I would let him cry for 15min max and then go up and reassure him/pick him up/get him another bottle if needed then put him back. I also stopped using the baby monitor in his room so that I would only respond to adequate crying not small little cries that he can settle back down from himself. After a while he got the picture that if he cried he would not get to come to bed with me. I found that playing music all night helped him a lot. Also he has a pillowpet light projector that he sleeps with. I am pregnant again and may cosleep again if I have the same kind of issues. For me when the baby is so little it is just harder for me to let him cry. When they are older I know they are able to learn to feel secure even though I'm not there. For us giving it time was the only solution. I wish you luck, you must be tired!

Tracy - posted on 10/10/2012

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I actually have a problem too, my daughter is about to be 4 months old and she won't sleep without being swaddled, but also she won't sleep without being in her boppy pillow. And she's getting to big now, where when she wakes up she moves down and turns on her side with her face right on the pillow, so I'm trying to figure out what I can do or use that's like a boppy pillow. I think they have something sorta like it that keeps them from rolling over while they sleep but I don't know the name of it, and I can't find it online. Sorry I'm not helping you with your problem, lol, but I can't figure out what to do. Have you figured out something for you little one yet?

Charlotte - posted on 07/12/2009

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Ditch the bassinet and crib, and go straight to cot? My son was 8lb13oz born so was just to big for these, and also needed swaddling, we swaddled him until he was 3 months old, and it made such a difference. You also need to create a routine, ours used to be small feed at 6pm, then bath and massage, then night feed at 6.45 then put down to bed. I would then give a dream feed at 11pm, he would sleep until about 4, then another feed, then sleep til 7. He was a nightmare sleeper from week 2- week 9, I then found a great book and sleep help called the baby sleep answers by Wendy Dean. It is a UK book, but fab. It has gentle methods of sleep training for smaller children, as Controlled crying is very harsh with such a small child - it wont hurt them but harsh none the less. They use a theory call Pick up Put down, basic principles are when the baby cries, pick them up, minute they stop put them back down, if they start to cry as you are placing them in cot, put them down still then immediatly pick back up, when they stop place them back down, dont talk or make ey contact throughout this, when they eventually settle in cot/crib maybe if needed place your hand on there tummy and use soothing words, or rub head until nice and calm then leave them, we did this for 3 nights and he's been a great sleeper ever since, only time we have a bad night is if he is poorly! I think the book is about £11, not sure in other currencys, but this buys you an e-book, so you can read straight away, and also rights to a forum, so you can ask for help at any time! I bought the book a year ago, and am still allowed to access forum. Worth its weight in gold, and quite easily best baby purchase, friends have used it and all great feedback! But what ever you do start a bed time routine early! HV claims that babys have no memory, but they do, and dont create a sleep prop, like cuddling etc otheriwse you have to break that cycle as well as training to sleep. It does get easier but yo have to go through the hard bit first! Good luck x

Natalie - posted on 10/17/2012

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Jenny, I would suggest swaddling and/or warmth. Maybe put a heating pad or hot water bottle on her sleep area for about 20 minutes before you lay her down. Take it out, of course, before you lie her down. You have to remember, she spent months hearing your heartbeat, tone of your voice, and quite cozy. She will feel that way when she is swaddled and warm. Another idea is to let her sleep in her car seat/carrier. Right now there is no risk of her squirming out,.The area is smaller so it may hold the warmth a little longer. Also, if yours is like the 6 I had, it will rock, so you can use the movement of that until she is big enough for a swing. In a carrier, it is also easier to pack blankets on either side of her so she feels held. Trust me, you are in a group of many with the same problem. Heck, My 5 year old sneaks in to sleep by me every night. It will get easier. Because she can sense your frustration, it may be wise to rest up some yourself. She is in tune with you, will sense your moods. You're fussy, she will be etc. New mommies get it rough unfortunately. But having babies is never boring. God Bless and please contact me anytime if I can help.

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Margaret - posted on 08/22/2013

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I have 7mnth old. When she was weeks old I had her diagnosed with acid reflux because my first daughter who passed@ 7wks old had it as well. When my second was about a month old she started sleeping all nite. Dr said she was eating plenty that it was ok to let her sleep. She has always had to sleep propped up with a crib wedge because her reflux has been really bad. Now tho 6mnths later she will not sleep n her bed for nothin. Soon as I lay her down her eyes come open and the pitiful tears poor. It breaks my heart and now the only way she will sleep a good nite sleep is in her car seat. While yes eventually I can get her down to sleep of a nite she want sleep but 30min roughly then shes bak up. Since sleeping in her car seat which I hate cause I know it has to be stiff, she will sleep like she always has which lucky for me has been all nite. People didn't believe a 1mnth old sleeping all nite but she sure did. Worried me the first nite she did it I just knew when I woke up so much later that I'd lost her too. I hope u all luck and I pray that you find easy sleep methods for both u and baby. Just really watch the sleeping with them in your bed being so small. It would definitely not be for a heavy sleeper or possibly one who uses any kind of narcotic, nerve, and possibly sleep medications as those would alter your sleep even more to a deeper state.

Diane M - posted on 10/18/2012

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I had the same problem, talk to your Dr. My son suffered from silent reflux and that's why he would not sleep in crib/bassinet. We have him sleep in a car seat and he sleeps all night ever since. It may not be your babies issue but it would not hurt to mention to Dr. Silent reflux is hard to diagnosis. Good luck!

User - posted on 10/13/2012

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Don't let your 11 day old cry to sleep. She needs you. All three of my children slept with me for between one month and four months. My first did not sleep unless being held or in bed with me for four months. Invest in a Moby Wrap. It will be a very short period of time that your baby needs you so much, and while right now it feels like you can't continue like this, you can and both you and your baby will survive. My youngest gained weight slowly and I think he got cold by himself. Having your baby sleep next to you is so natural and creates a wonderful bond it is also great for breast feeding. Take your baby's cues and give her what she needs, a baby this young does not have the mental capacity to create habits. Sometimes during the day I would swaddle my baby in a sling and when he would fall asleep I would take the sling off, place him swaddles in the sling in the cradle swing. That would usually buy me about 20 minutes or so. It will get better.

Tracy - posted on 10/13/2012

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I think you should read the book - Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child by Marc Weissbluth

It has helped us a ton with our 4 and a 1/2 month old. Our Pediatrician recommended it to us.

Melissa - posted on 08/10/2009

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My 6 week old has colic and loves to fall asleep on her tummy or on my chest because it makes her feel better but she is also strong enough to move her head around now. However when she was that young the best thing for me was a sleep positioner propped up with a blanket so she was elevated and i would lay her on her side so that way it felt like someone was holding her...also try placing blackets around her or swaddling her up real tight. It often takes babies time to get into a deep sleep so wait 20 minutes or so or until her body goes limp to put her down otherwise she will wake right up! A swing has also been a godsend for me or the vibrating seat. I also put my daughter in the bed with me a lot or if you arent comfortable with that because she is so little placing a shirt you wore that day is a great idea because I've read that babies can smell their mother up to 20feet away especially if you are breastfeeding. Good luck!

Karen - posted on 08/10/2009

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It's hard, but you have to go with "tough love". Let her cry. Go to her every 10 minutes or so and comfort her, but she has to learn to fall asleep by herself. Also, letting her sleep in your arms (and I presume in your bed) is really dangerous. Not only can you roll onto her but the bed covers can get in her face and suffocate her. Also, she likes sleeping in your arms because she feels secure and snug. Try swaddling her before you put her in the bassinet. Halo makes the SleepSack Swaddle product which is so much safer than using loose blankets that can come undone.

Ashley - posted on 07/31/2009

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our daughter wouldn't sleep in her bassinet either so she slept with us until she was about 3 months old. she slept great while she was in our bed and so did we. when she was 3 months we got her a crib and by then she was reay to sleep in it as she was tired of sleeping with us. she did great in it and the only problems we have had with her sleeping is her teething now. she woke up a lot crying. the dr's frown upon cosleeping but I think whatever you decide is right for your baby is your choice. besides, they are not the ones that are losing sleep! lol by the way try putting one of your shirts under her when she sleeps that could help bcause she can pick up on your scent. walmart has a teddy bear called the womb bear, it makes sounds similar to the ones in your womb, my daughter has one and she loves it. we use it every night!

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I knew my husband and I did not want the co-sleeping route and I did not want my daughters to get used to me putting them to sleep, so I feed them, change them, and put them down. If they cry I let it go fro 15 minutes (unless the cries are screams, then something is wrong and I get them), then check on them (if they are still crying). I put the pacifier back in the mouth (if it fell out) and recover them with their blanket while softly talking to them. Then I leave again for another 15 minutes. If after the second time they still aren't going down I will get them up and cuddle, which usually puts them right to sleep.



Of course everyone's baby is different and this is just what works for me. This method was suggested by my MIL and it has saved my life. My 21 month-old is not dependent upon me to hold her to go to sleep and neither is my 5 month-old. They go down for naps and bedtime great (with the ocassional difficult time of course). I hope this helps and good luck!

Leah - posted on 07/19/2009

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My children liked to sleep in their carrier carseat. It was really convient too! I keeped them in it at the side of the bed while I slept. When the woke up and it was not time to eat sometimes I could just reach down and rock the carrier and rock them back to sleep. Also after I fed them I would put them back in it and rock them back to sleep!! It worked great for me! They were easy to carry around from room to room during the day too! Give it a try!! Hope it helps! :)

Kayla - posted on 07/19/2009

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wrap a blanket that she uses around you for a day... your scent will rub off on it. and before putting her in the crib or bassinet place the blanket tightly in it. so it wont move if she moves. and then place her on top of it when she is sleeping. also try wrapping her the way they did in the hospital. it makes the child feel that they are still in the womb.

Debbie - posted on 07/19/2009

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neither one of my kids would either. As soon as they hear that crib mattress they sere wide awake. It was soon time for me to go back to work and so we had to figure out an alternative. So, we got a twin mattress and put it on the floor no box springs because that might make it a llittle high, then we padded the floor and put pillows around them. Then they slept all night.

Debbie - posted on 07/19/2009

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neither one of my kids would either. As soon as they hear that crib mattress they sere wide awake. It was soon time for me to go back to work and so we had to figure out an alternative. So, we got a twin mattress and put it on the floor no box springs because that might make it a llittle high, then we padded the floor and put pillows around them. Then they slept all night.

Lara - posted on 07/19/2009

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Okay, 11 days old (well, she's older now lol) is not old enough to cry it out. Even a month old is still too young to cry it out. More often than not, it's gas. My now 9 year daughter used to sleep in her infant car seat. She did not like to sleep lying flat. I had a great pediatrician who said, "If she is sleeping well in there, and you are getting sleep, then do it. When she gets too big, she'll sleep in her crib." She was sleeping through the night and waking up at 5:30 am for a feeding from the 2nd night she was home from the hospital.



My son, who was born 7 years later, would not sleep in his crib. He would scream. We had him sleep in bed with us, and that worked well for a while since I was nursing. But during the day he slept in his swing and was swaddled. He had some acid reflux issues and turned out that sleeping upright was the best thing for him as well.



Both my children easily made the transition to the crib when all was said and done. My son slept in the swing until he was a year old. Much longer than my daughter, who was 6 months when she outgrew her seat. My son's pediatrician said that my daughter probably had acid reflux, but when she was born they weren't diagnosing it as such.



But whatever the case may be, it won't last forever. Your daughter cannot be spoiled.

She needs to feel comforted and secure, and swaddling will help that. You cannot wrap the baby up too tight, it's very soothing to them. :) Hope this helps!

Alexis - posted on 07/18/2009

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I went thru the same thing and it was only me that could hold her she'd scream for everyone else. Try swaddling her (it works wonders) or a swing. My daugher is almost 4 months and has slept in her swing since probably 3 weeks, and THRU THE NIGHT! As soon as she falls asleep I turn the swinging off and the noise and if she gets fussy in the middle of the night i just have to turn the noise back on and right back to bed she goes. Also once she is fast asleep I can move her and lay her in her bassinet so she can stretch out (only lasts for a few hrs though.) hope this helps.

Emily - posted on 07/18/2009

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have you tried a swing? i know its not a crib or bassinet but my son wouldnt sleep in anything but his papasan swing and let me tell you it saved me completely!!

Vicky - posted on 07/18/2009

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you can always try letting her sleep in her car seat or put her bouncy seat in the crib and let her sleep in it. swaddle her in a blanket too so she may continue to fill like she's being cuddled. it helps for my daughter most of the time. Best of luck :)

Christina - posted on 07/18/2009

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try to get her to sleep in her crib because my daughter is 15 months and still wont sleep alone I tried to put her in her 4 yr old brothers room doesn't work now I'm expecting in december & still trying to get her in her own bed

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Ok Many people may disagree with this, but I say try putting him on his tummy (I have heard so many people tell me to put my baby on her back, then "no that's not right put her on her tummy", "no back", "no tummy"..... Seriously I just say let him sleep how ever he's comfortable.). I put my baby on her tummy cause she get startled if she's on her back no matter how tight I wrap her up.... but that's a different story... Anyway, I was told that the reason she likes to sleep on her tummy is because of the same reason she likes to sleep on my chest. It makes them feel safe and close. White noise works too. I also used an analog clock because it ticktocks. So, basically find a position that he likes to sleep and try a noise of some sort.

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Ok Many people may disagree with this, but I say try putting him on his tummy (I have heard so many people tell me to put my baby on her back, then "no that's not right put her on her tummy", "no back", "no tummy"..... Seriously I just say let him sleep how ever he's comfortable.). I put my baby on her tummy cause she get startled if she's on her back no matter how tight I wrap her up.... but that's a different story... Anyway, I was told that the reason she likes to sleep on her tummy is because of the same reason she likes to sleep on my chest. It makes them feel safe and close. White noise works too. I also used an analog clock because it ticktocks. So, basically find a position that he likes to sleep and try a noise of some sort.

Tami - posted on 07/18/2009

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you gotta just put her in there and walk away. its awful but its the only thing that works alot of the time.

Nancy - posted on 07/18/2009

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My son would not sleep in either so my husband and I placed our son on the couch with pillows on the side of him till he was older. Our son would sleep till the next feeding.

Jennifer - posted on 07/17/2009

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Look up on the internet on how to "swaddle your baby" trust me it was they only way I could get any sleep.

Jamie - posted on 07/17/2009

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my little man is now 4 and he has never slept in a crib. He just would not. so what we did was we got a futon matress and let him just fall asleep on it. He slept GREAT from the time he we a month old to now. He is in a big boy bed now. But he hated to be swaddled and I do mean HATED it. He just wouldn't at day 2 he was already kicking the blankets off. In the crib he would find a way to get to the side and get himself stuck, we did EVERYTHING and nothing worked until we let him have free range. He didn't feel closed in and just slept! So if in a few weeks you are having the same issues this is the way we got ours to sleep

Norrah - posted on 07/17/2009

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your baby will only be a baby for so long. If she feels safe with sleeping in your arms, let her. she won't be a baby forever and it helps build that untimate trust she needs to feel with you. she will get older and enjoy watching her mobile, and she will get even older and won't want to sleep with mom. best advice I ever got. My son is now 8 and very confidant, and still close as hell me, but sleeps in his own bed comfortably.

Tiffany - posted on 07/17/2009

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I know you wanna hold and hold and hold that new edition to your family, but. . . . . bad habit. From the start I have always put a little radio under her bassinet and crib and let it play really low. Repeat and CD or just turn it to a radio station. I always put on classical because it sounds soothing when it is low. It may make your daughter feel like there is someone in the room with her. My daughter is 19 months and wont go to sleep with out in on. I just turn it off before I go to sleep or in the middle of the night when I check on her.

Julie - posted on 07/17/2009

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Wrap her in a shirt you have been wearing all day the smell should comfort her with out being held. And since she is still so young this will probably pass even if nothing works right away, but don't give in and put her in your bed she'll never want to sleep anywhere else. My sister did that and now has a 5 year old instead of her husband next to her at night.

Serena - posted on 07/17/2009

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my daughter ( 1month 2days) wouldnt sleep in her crib so we moved her bassinet from the livingroom( where we slept for the 1st week and a half due to a c-section) and she stopped sleeping in that also she would only sleep on my or my husbands chest finally we tried this and it worked.... we put her boppy pillow into the crib and put a blanket over it so that it covers the whole pillow and then after she falls asleep we put her in the middle of the boppy and the turn on music for her.. it seems to work so far she sleeps through the night... so maybe try that... i think it works because it cuddles her so she feels safe. we also keep a night light on for her so its not completely dark in the room

Cortnie - posted on 07/17/2009

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I had the same problem with my son. It took a little while to break the "mommy hold me" habbit, but this how I did it. I would rock him to sleep and when I knew he was completely alseep (not half asleep or on the edge of sleep, but completely sleeping) I would put him in his bassinet. That way when he would wake up he would be in his bassinet and get used to to being in it. Also, when it is time for bed AT NIGHT, place her in the bassinet and make sure all lights are out and no noise... Babies take a little while to learn bed time means bed time, but they do. My son is 5 months now and sleeps all the way through the night in his own. I know it is frusterating now.... but be patient your baby girl will figure it out. Good Luck and keep your head up. P.S. Bath for baby before bed time helps A LOT

Brandy - posted on 07/17/2009

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I have the same prob...its a pain but i lay with her to nurse her when its nap time and she falls asleep on my bed. After she lays for a while I move her to her crib and she stays. Good luck!

User - posted on 07/17/2009

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Get the Happiest Baby on the Block DVD - it saved us. Talks about the proper technique for swaddling and has womb sounds at the end.. Every new parent should have this to survive the first 3 months.

Wendy - posted on 07/17/2009

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Both of my children were tummy sleepers. I also had to put a shirt of mine in the crib/bassinet and warm the area they slept with a heating pad on low of course and remove it when you but them down on their tummies. I know you are told not to but my mom put me and my brother on our tummies and I am still here raising my own children. I would check on them several times while they slept by putting my hand on their back to make sure they were ok. My children are now 7 & 2 or most 3. Just do what is comfortable and works for you. Good luck and I hope this helps.

Wendy - posted on 07/17/2009

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Both of my children were tummy sleepers. I also had to put a shirt of mine in the crib/bassinet and warm the area they slept with a heating pad on low of course and remove it when you but them down on their tummies. I know you are told not to but my mom put me and my brother on our tummies and I am still here raising my own children. I would check on them several times while they slept by putting my hand on their back to make sure they were ok. My children are now 7 & 2 or most 3. Just do what is comfortable and works for you. Good luck and I hope this helps.

User - posted on 07/17/2009

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Get the DVD the happiest baby on the block. it will talk about the 4th trimester and swaddling your baby so they will sleep. its a life saver

Lacy - posted on 07/17/2009

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My daughter wouldnt sleep in her bed either. She'd fall asleep when i was holding her or in her car seat or swing, but when i would lay her down she'd wake right up again. Turns out it was because she wasnt getting enough substance in her feedings! I thought she was just fine because was was eating enough. As soon as I put her on formula before bed she was just fine! Now at almost 5 months, she is starting that again. I went and bought the bigger opening nipples and put a little baby organic cerial in her formula bottle and she now sleeps her nights all the way through!

Jodie - posted on 07/17/2009

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My first child didnt like sleeping in her moses basket. My mum told me to roll up a blanket and lay it next to her. (so the moses basket seemed smaller to her and alot cosier) It seemed to work!! My second child slept in his baby swing for the first month and then in his moses basket with a blanket rolled up next to him! x

Sonia - posted on 07/17/2009

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It can be the mattress. My daughter would not sleep in her crib, she would fall asleep in my arms or my husbands arms, as soon as we would put her in her crib she would wake up. When she was 2 months old we went to florida where she slept on my friend's baby's crib and she slept like a angel because that crib had a softer mattress. when we got back home i tried to make her bed softer and since then she has been sleeping in her crib with no problem. She doesn't like hard mattresses.

Heather - posted on 07/17/2009

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i think that even tho she is still young yet you have to start letting her go to sleep in the crib or bassinet...because if you dont start now you might be like my friend whos child still wants to sleep w/ them at the age of 1yr..what worked for me is putting them in the crib for the night and when they atrted to cry i would walk back in and tuck them back in but not say anything to them and walk back out and would take my time goin in there each time to tuck them back in til finally they would just fall asleep for the night..it took some time but you have to get them used to it now b4 they get to use to having you guys hold her and sleep with her...it will be harder the longer you wait to get her used to sleeping on her own..

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She's a newborn baby! She craves and thrives on your warmth and comfort. I know at the moment, it seems like, "if I do this now, I will still be holding her when she's 3!", but that's not the case. If you want a happy, secure, and healthy babe, respond to her needs, repsond to her cries, give her what she needs/wants. In time, it will absolutely change. With my son, who's 2 now, he didn't like sleeping alone and also had a hard time falling asleep. We rocked and swayed and thought we'd still be putting him to sleep that way when he was a larger child. Well, at about 6 months he let us know through his reactions that he didn't like the rocking anymore and just wanted to fall asleep laying down (we'd pat him at that age). He also slept with us till about 4 months, as it was easier to nurse. By 10 months, we slowly worked on him falling asleep in his crib by himself - but he never cried or fussed for more than a couple of minutes and at that age started sleeping all night. When we transitioned into a toddler bed, we were back in again, sititng by him till he fell asleep, and now we're slowly working out of that as he shows us he's ready. All in good time. Enjoy the snuggling while you can, it goes by way too fast!

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She's a newborn baby! She craves and thrives on your warmth and comfort. I know at the moment, it seems like, "if I do this now, I will still be holding her when she's 3!", but that's not the case. If you want a happy, secure, and healthy babe, respond to her needs, repsond to her cries, give her what she needs/wants. In time, it will absolutely change. With my son, who's 2 now, he didn't like sleeping alone and also had a hard time falling asleep. We rocked and swayed and thought we'd still be putting him to sleep that way when he was a larger child. Well, at about 6 months he let us know through his reactions that he didn't like the rocking anymore and just wanted to fall asleep laying down (we'd pat him at that age). He also slept with us till about 4 months, as it was easier to nurse. By 10 months, we slowly worked on him falling asleep in his crib by himself - but he never cried or fussed for more than a couple of minutes and at that age started sleeping all night. When we transitioned into a toddler bed, we were back in again, sititng by him till he fell asleep, and now we're slowly working out of that as he shows us he's ready. All in good time. Enjoy the snuggling while you can, it goes by way too fast!

Jennifer - posted on 07/17/2009

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Like they have said, try co-sleeping, swaddling, rocking, swaying, etc. Don't let her cry it out right now, maybe if it continues till she's past 12 weeks, but she's so new. She learning who you are, trust, etc. Once she's a sleep you could try putting her down. As she gets older, you will want to stop doing this and put her down while she's semi-awake but tired. Don't worry too much. Also, ask your pediatrician what to do if it's really a problem.

Kristan - posted on 07/17/2009

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wow, i just went through this! My son is now 5 weeks old and as of 4 or 5 days ago we figured out the trick...he enjoys sleeping on his stomach...its wonderful! He sleeps longer and is a much happier baby and is becoming more independent. All I used to do would hold him b/c he wouldn't sleep in his bassinet or crib either. I asked my doctor about sleeping on the stomach and he said as long as no one smokes in the house and that there is nothing in the crib or bassinet, that it is perfectly okay.

Brandee - posted on 07/17/2009

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We swaddled Brandon and he slept in his swing all night until around 4 months.. then he was swaddled in his bed until he could easily rollover in his sleep.. He didn't need to be swaddled after that he just needed a lovey blanket to hold.. Swaddling and Swinging were a life saver.

Sera - posted on 07/17/2009

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I agree with Amber and Jamie. I wouldn't agree with Jessica althhough that is what i did with my first born, it is a great feeling to sleep in the same bed with your baby, but it's not so great when they still want to sleep in you bed at the age of 4! So thats why I let my second born sleep on his own, you need to be strong and let them cry a little now if thats what its going to take or theyll be crying to stay in you bed when theyre at school age... :))

Stacey - posted on 07/17/2009

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Have you tried driving around with her in the car and then bringing in the car seat after she falls asleep? Mine was easy to remove. I had to do that for a while. I just put the car seat by my bed.

Nichole - posted on 07/17/2009

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My son wouldn't sleep anywhere but snuggled up next to me when he was first born. I co slept for the first 2 and half months. You have to remember that your baby was in a nice warm place for 9 months of her life and the big world is a shock to her right now. I didn't much sleep for a while because I was more worried about him and I am a first time mom. I would try and co sleep with her for now but try not to do it after the first few months or it will hard to break her of it. My son is now 4 and half months and has no problems being in his own crib. I kinda miss him snuggled up next to me sometimes.

Michelle - posted on 07/16/2009

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with our last kid he was very colic and only slept in our arms so we would swaddle him and i had him sleep with the shirt i wore that day so he could smell me and it worked pretty good but at about 1 month we started to use one of them sacks they have where you put the baby in and it has the legs but no arms (like a sleeping bag that covers your head) and a little hole for the baby's head and we just kept his head out that worked the best.......

Lillian - posted on 07/16/2009

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i have a 2month old and i rock him to sleep on my chest, after that i put him on MY bed because thats the only way i get him to sleep! good thing my bed is big enough!! i experienced the same problem with my now 2 yr old, good thing he sleeps in his own bed. he started sleeping on his own at about 5 months old!! the baby soothers are good too, i wouldnt recommend the swaddling because its already to HOT!! well good luck

Wendy - posted on 07/16/2009

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No advice, just know what you are going through. My oldest son had colic and would only sleep on my stomach. We finally got him out of our bed when the next baby came along (2 years later). I feel like they are only babies for a short time. Have to find a method that works for you. Sometimes if I was lucky he would sleep in his car seat in his crib.

Lillian - posted on 07/16/2009

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yea my neice was the same way.. she only slept in the car seat!! my 2 month old falls to sleep on my belly then i put him on his belly!! he sleeps much better on his stomache then back!! Just make sure you keep a close eye on him!!

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