bed time/nap time

Stephanie - posted on 06/23/2010 ( 19 moms have responded )

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How many of you still rock your baby to sleep or use a swing to put him/her to sleep? I am just curious because I still use the swing or I rock him ( my 5 month old)to sleep for naps and for bed time.

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Bonnie - posted on 07/13/2010

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My 6 month old always falls asleep in his swing. He loves it but is quickly out-growing it!!

Gina Lee - posted on 07/07/2010

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i have to rock my 6 month old to sleep at night and for naps. it's not that bad b/c i only have to do for at the most 15 minutes. however, it's a complete nightmare in the mornings when he wakes up at 5-6am and i try to put him back to bed. i sometimes have to rock him for AN HOUR!!! i tried sleep training for five days but it wasn't getting progressively better so i stopped. i heard this is the very reason why moms sleep train their kids...for the convenience of dropping them off in their cribs. i guess i have to just deal with it. sigh...

Lisa - posted on 07/07/2010

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I rock my daughter to sleep only at night for bed. Her naps I usually find she's falling asleep and I put her in her bed sleepy and she falls asleep within a few minutes.

Lauren - posted on 07/07/2010

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my 5 and a half month old used to give me really bad cracked nipples because i let her feed till she was asleep but then i relised that a blankie or my shirt was just as good she cant sleep without her blankie now!

Karina - posted on 07/05/2010

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My son, who is six months old this week, refuses to fall asleep at night unless he is breastfed. He will nurse himself to sleep. I have tried to break this habit by nursing him until he is almost asleep, then gently break suction and put him down carefully, but he always wakes up and cries until I put him back on the breast, then he will suckle until he falls asleep. I have to hold him very still for at least 5 minutes after that, to make sure he is deeply asleep before I can take him off the breast and put him down. Same for naps - sometimes he will take a bottle of breastmilk for naptime, but I usually stay with him then, to make sure he doesn't choke on the milk, and remove the bottle once he is asleep, and before I leave the room. I don't like to do this because babies aren't supposed to fall asleep with a bottle, I would prefer he fall asleep on the breast than with a bottle.

Kelley - posted on 07/05/2010

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Most of the time, my daughter nurses until she's almost all the way asleep and then pulls off and falls asleep with me holding her, and then I put her down in her bed. For a while, we were using the swing for almost every nap, but now we're hardly using it at all anymore. She takes two good naps a day, in her bed.

Michelle - posted on 07/04/2010

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My LO Lucas is 6 months and before naps and bedtime i nurse him..he doesnt always fall asleep while doing this but most times will start to drift off and than i put him in the crib with his soother and turn his "sleep sheep" on (which is like white noise) and he will put himself to sleep..especially if he is really tired. If he is cranky and overtired sometimes it takes him awhile to get to sleep and he will play for a bit in his crib and cry and then i have to keep reassuring him by going in and rubbing his head and putting his soother back in but eventually he falls asleep. Hes getting better at putting himself to sleep..its a little harder right now cause i just recently started unswaddling him..so its something new to get use to as well so its just easier the more sleepy he is to put him down then..otherwise it takes awhile..thus the reason why i still will nurse him before cause it will calm him down and make him sleepy. Eventually when he is more used to being unswaddled i will start weaning him off of being nursed before.

Maegan - posted on 07/03/2010

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Hi Stephanie, My son is 5 months, and I never had to rock him to bed. Only for hard situations.. maybe once or twice when he had gas when he was a newborn. He has a swing, but he knows that bed is for sleeping. As soon as I put him down in his bed he rolls on his side and sucks his thumb or pacifer. With my sisters baby, she always rocked him to sleep and ended up having to use the stroller everytime to put him down until he was a year in a half. Definitly try and stop the swing or rocking. It only gets them used to it, and they don't learn how to fall asleep. When my son learned how to fall asleep I always was there if he cried. Dont worry, hes got to learn sometime.

Teresa - posted on 07/03/2010

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My LO will be 6 months July 8th and he has to still be rocked most times in his swing but night time In my arms but he will not sleep in his crib at all so he is sleeping in his swing everynight> When he falls asleep at night with me rocking him I put him in his crib and within the first hour he is up and MAD he wants his swing. I have tried to just let him cry it out a bit but give in everytime. Really hoping to break him of this before he out grows the swing.

Joanna - posted on 07/02/2010

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At bed time my LO goes to sleep on her own (I put her down awake), nighttime I nurse her and put her down asleep and daytime naps its usually the car, pushchair or swing chair apart from her morning nap where she goes down awake with her music. XX

Sarah - posted on 07/01/2010

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MOst of the time I rock my five month old daughter to sleep at bed time but not usually for nap time. I don't know why but she goes to sleep about 11 am every morning and will sleep like an hour and another nap ant like three for an hour . Those are the times I guess she is really tired. Bed time is a different story. She is teething but I don't know if that has anyhting to do with it. She started teething at about thre months and that's most of the reason why I rock her because it soothes her so I can get some sleep too. I didn't have to do this with my first two though. I didn't rock them to sleep that much after the started sleeping through the night. At six and eight weeks.

Kristy - posted on 07/01/2010

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My daughter is 5.5 months...I normally still rock or nurse her to sleep. At bedtime, she almost always falls asleep on the boob, so I just pop her off and insert the paci. For naps, I have been trying to put her in the crib when she is starting to look tired. Some days this works, others I still have to rock or nurse her.

Alice - posted on 06/26/2010

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Stephanie,
My two oldest girls had to be rocked (me or in a swing) to sleep until they were 12m & 9m. My third only fell asleep w/me if I was nursing her (I was working away from home then) but she would just go to sleep in the crib for my husband. My Jaquline (she's 5m) is so different. When she's full and clean I lay her down for nap/bed time and she will fuss or babble for a couple minutes and then put herself to sleep.
Every baby is different, I think. Personally, I miss the rocking to sleep part - but when I try with Jaquline she just gets fussy and cranky and won't fall asleep until I lay her down.

Melissa - posted on 06/24/2010

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Not for a little while now. She lays in bed with a blanket and passy and is asleep within 10 min usually. Most of the time she would rather have her bed than to be held.

Jessica - posted on 06/24/2010

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I rock my son to sleep at night sometimes, sometimes he goes to sleep on his own. Nap times are his own game... I let him find his own way.

Rachel - posted on 06/23/2010

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Me too and some times she stills go to sleep on the booby but mostly she pops of the cuddles to sleep at bed time and swings for naps

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