8 week old won't fall asleep without me holding him!

Sade1990 - posted on 07/28/2013 ( 2 moms have responded )

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Hi, I have an 8 week old little boy. He goes to sleep fine at night and he never really had problems with naps either but for the last 2 weeks or so he has been really fussy with his daytime snoozes and won't go to sleep unless I hold him over my shoulder and walk around with him. As soon as he falls asleep I can put him down and he will sleep for how ever long he needs to. I don't mind doing it (other than having a bit of an aching back) but I don't want to get him into a bad habit. Is it OK to do this? I have tried putting him down in his moses basket when he gets tired but he just get really angry. He won't take a dummy. He will nurse to sleep but I don't want to be a human dummy for him. I have tried swaddling. I haven't had a problem with this before and thought I was doing really well being a first time mum.
Any other tips or words of advice would be much appreciated!

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Chet - posted on 07/30/2013

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You will likely have some ups and downs with sleep as your baby grows. However, if you have a baby who slept well as a newborn (which your son does) they generally return to that. If your son has trouble with sleep at some point it is most likely teething, a cold, a growth spurt, hitting a major milestone (learning to sit or roll over often goes along with a period of difficult sleep), bad dreams, is overtired, etc. It's not something you've done or a bad habit you've formed, it's something your baby is just going through. Sleep is so important don't be afraid that you'll ruin or spoil your baby by doing what you need to do to get him to sleep.

Chet - posted on 07/30/2013

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Do what works. If letting him fall asleep on your shoulder works, do that. We have four children and all of them have been nursed to sleep. Personally, I have no problem with that. It's simple, natural, works quickly and you can do it anywhere. I wasn't a human dummy at all, I was the real thing! A lot of people opt to create a sleep routine where they work with their baby to develop associations or cues that mean it's sleep time. I wasn't a fan of this approach. We knew a lot of people who had ended up with babies who needed their own bed, their own blanket, a completely dark room, a fan running, etc, in order to fall asleep. At least with nursing to sleep the only thing the baby needed was me. I felt much freer and able to travel and do things. But really, you just have to find something that works for you and your baby.

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