How do I sleep train my baby, with a husband that works that works nights?

Melanie - posted on 01/28/2013 ( 2 moms have responded )

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I am having a heck of a time sleep training my 4.5mo old little boy. He is literally attached to me. He will only sleep if i am holding him. He screams his little head off if i put him down, and always wakes up if I put him down while hes sleeping.
To make matters more complicated, I cannot simply allow him to cry during the day for nap time. My husband works nights 6pm-6:30am, so he has to sleep during the day. He works Sun-Wed nights and I work Thurs-Sat days. I am curious if anyone has any "miracle" tips for sleep training the little guy. Im working on doing better at letting him cry it out at night time, but I also have a 5 year old so it seems as though someone else is always trying to sleep, making a noisy sleep training session pretty much impossible.
Thanks for any advice!
Mel

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Melanie - posted on 01/28/2013

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Thank you for the reply! Not to sound ungrateful, trust me I am grateful, i have the swaddle blankets, he gets out of those so quick! I will continue trying with them though. And i have the teddy bear for the babies room that sounds like mommy's womb (for the white noise).
Still unsuccessful. But I havent tried it for a whole week yet. Im so worried about waking everyone up, but I am not getting any sleep so maybe it is time for others to suffer for a little bit ;) Thank you, im glad those things worked for you, I will make sure i start using them again.

Sarah - posted on 01/28/2013

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Some things that might help. Try swaddling him. This helps make them feel like they are still being held. You may need to get those swaddle blankets so you have a big enough blanket. For the rooms where others are sleeping that you don't want woke up (and even for baby's room) get a white noise sound machine. That helps drown out the outside noise and allows others to sleep through the crying.

Some of it you will just have to let him cry a little in order for him to figure out how to put himself to sleep. My oldest was 18 months when I went through this. I would rock him to sleep. So when he woke up in the middle of the night I ended up being stuck in the rocking chair because everytime I would go to lay him down he would wake up and I would have to start all over again. After spending two whole nights in the rocking chair I decided something had to change. About 1 wk of letting him cry and it was like night and day. I could go and lay him down and he would go to sleep on his own!

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