How do i get my 5 month old to fall asleep on her own?

Brittany - posted on 10/30/2009 ( 8 moms have responded )




She always needs a bottle or breast milk to suck before going to sleep and then eventually falls asleep! I need help


Jamie - posted on 10/30/2009




No offense, but do they need to? I just enjoy my time rocking them. It goes WAY too fast. If you feel you must get there so early, I highly recommend The No Cry Sleep Solution by Elizabeth Panty. You can buy it on amazon or on her site, or get it from the library. It has a great plan that goes in to great detail on how to accomplish this. I never tried it because I don't mind the rocking (at some point, they just learn it on their own, or at least my son did, and he never did ANYTHING easily, so I guess I'm just assuming they all do) so never tried it, but her book is amazing.


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Sometimes babies get overtired from everything that has happened that day, same as we get tired from a stressful or really busy day. From time to time they will want to just be left alone and cry it out, picking them up all the time can just make them feel too stimulated and crowded. Give her some down time before bed and do the exact same things before you put her in her bed. If its a real slow broken up type of crying, she could just be letting you know how tired she is. If she cries for more than 4-5minutes she might need a bit of a rub on the tum to help her get to sleep. Try not to get suckered into the sucking for comfort habit like I did! My boy is now on a routine, and can put himself to sleep most times without even 30 seconds of fuss. Will see how long it lasts!

Fiona - posted on 11/01/2009




Some people may disagree, but I had the same problem with my now 15 month old. I use a dummy. All she wanted was the security of sucking, which she still does today, then once she's aleep I take it off her. If she gets unsettled during the night I give it back, until she clams down. It may work. I don't agree with letting a baby cry itself to sleep. It's can be stressful for you and the baby.

Emma - posted on 10/30/2009




what i do with my boy who will be 1 year in couple of weeks is leave him to cry it out. turns out most of the time thats what he wanted anyway because most of the inless hes unwell hims likes me to put him to sleep and when he gets laid dont gos out like a light

Nadine - posted on 10/30/2009




hi there

what do u mean by this... cause i used to give the baby a bath and massage as late as possible and then put him in the cot and give him a bottle with soft music playing you should try that.

Bianca - posted on 10/30/2009




Well what I did ( and this was actually not on purpose) I laid her in her crib with her little aquarium on I went out to do something and when I came back she was out. I did just finish feeding her too. You may also try a warm bath and some of Johnson's lavender massage gel too. That seems to work.

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