my baby is 4 months old and...
Shawnra Lea - posted on 12/04/2009
My daughter did this too. I would rock her to sleep in my arms but the minute her head hit the pillow she was crying. I just stuck to a strict bedtime schedule (warm bath, dim light feeding, rock to sleep with no lights) and when she cried after laying her down I would just pick her up and rock her until she was calm, lay her back down and then stand aside and wait. She would fuss and cry a little. If she really couldnt calm herself I would pick her back up and rock her to sleep again, but she eventually learned to self soothe. Now we have no bedtime problems. The moment I turn out the lights she is ready snuggle with her blankie and sleep.
Mommas know their babies. If you know he needs your help to calm down then pick him up but like christina said give it 5 or 10 min. It feels weird to let your baby cry even just a little but babies must learn to self soothe or you will be rocking them forever.
Another good tip is to never stimulate the baby while you are trying to put them to sleep. Keep the lights down. Don't leave the room. Be quiet.
C. - posted on 12/04/2009
Just be persistent with calming him back down and putting him back to bed. You may eventually have to let him cry for a few minutes at a time and gradually work your way up. My cousin had this problem with her kids. She said eventually she would put them to bed and if they woke up she would leave them in there about 10 minutes or so to see if they would settle down and go back to sleep. If they didn't after 10 minutes, she would go back in there and calm them down herself. I tried her advice and that's what worked with my son. I know that may sound mean, but they have to learn to lull themselves back asleep. Be persistent and keep putting him in there. He'll eventually learn. Good luck!
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