Getting baby to fall asleep-----

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I have an 8 month old baby girl, (my only child!) who has NEVER gone to sleep by herself. I have rocked her to sleep for every nap and betime sleep since we brought her home from the hospital. I don't like the "crying it out" method so I have never put her in her bed and closed the door! Her crib is still in our bedroom. Her room is upstairs (directly above mine). I feel bad that she would be up there by herself until her 1/2 brothers come on the weekends, then I feel like I can't put her upstairs because they are so loud. My question is what are some ideas for getting her to sleep with put me having to rock her for 20-30 mins at a time but not make her cry it out? I have tried rocking her until she is almost asleep but as soon as I lay her down, she sits back up in her crib and pulls me. If I leave her alone, she starts to fuss. I have created a monster!

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Samantha - posted on 07/14/2009

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I dont hold my son to go to sleep but I know ppl who have and to get there baby to go to sleep have you tried putting them in there crib and sitting beside it with your hand on your baby, then when they get use to that then just sit beside them without your hand in the crib, then after each night when they get use to you not being there move closer and closer to the door, then lastly sit outside they door! make sure you reasure you baby that you are there and everything is ok!

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I don't use the "cry it out" method either with my 10 month old. For the first 6 months, he was almost always nursed off to sleep. I still nurse him before bed, but try to stop when he's drowsy and let him get comfortable and go to sleep on his own. We co-sleep, so I often lay next to him on the bed as he rolls around a bit as he's going to sleep. Since you say the crib is in your room, could you perhaps push the crib up against your bed instead of rocking her to sleep? That way you can get some distance between you as she's going to sleep, but she won't feel so isolated in the crib. We also have a bedtime routine (bath, book, etc), white noise in the background, and a mobile for him to watch as he goes to sleep. Good luck!

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