Getting to sleep on their own

Beth - posted on 07/24/2009 ( 8 moms have responded )

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I am looking for advice on how to get your baby to sleep on their own without letting them cry for 30 minutes in the crib? My daughter is 3 months old and we have always rocked her to sleep. I know I need to teach her how to fall asleep on her own but I am not sure I feel letting her scream in her crib is right for me. Any suggestions?

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Tiffany - posted on 07/24/2009

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i still rock my daughter to sleep cuz im scared to let her cry to sleep cuz she already chokes on her slobber

Kimberley - posted on 07/24/2009

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my son is just one and he goes in the bath bout 6 then plays for half an hour then i tell him to give kisses n say nite then we go upsatirs n read a book then i will put him in his cot he will cry for about 5 to 10 min just so he gets him self settled but i will never leave him longer than 15 min if he crys longer than then i will go 2 see him and give him a kiss an a cuddle and put him back down and this usally works but will wake up in the night and i will do the same kiss n a cuddles but i think the same 3 months is a lil young to get a routine my lil boy was 6 months before he was in one and then we went on holiday and had to start all over again and have only just got him back into one xxx

Kirsten - posted on 07/24/2009

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My son is just over a year old. We're now putting him in his crib at night.It only took about a week or so and he silently lays down and goes to sleep. You definately need a calming routine and to let them get really tired before you put them in their crib(or else they'll cry for a long time..which makes you feel just horrible!) At first I felt bad a bout letting him cry a little bit. But it gets better..I Promise!!

Christine - posted on 07/24/2009

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I kind of agree with the first response - rocking is a good thing. However, I received the advice (for my now 7-month-old) that if the baby falls asleep in his crib, rather than your arms, he'll sleep better (through the night and wake up later). We started trying this when my son was 4 months old. (He had trouble adjusting to not being swaddled at first.) I would rock him, feed him, sing to him until he was aaaalmost asleep but definitely still awake, and then I would lay him in his crib. It still works now, although now he gets the mobile wound or a music box, too.

Heather - posted on 07/24/2009

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Any kind of routine really helps. My son knows that once he gets his bath and gets into his pj's that its bed time. He just starts getting tired after that. I used to hold and rock him to sleep as well...and we don't let him cry in his crib either. I personally think it wakes him up more, and makes him more uncomforted. It may take some time....but routines are a good way to go...even though shes young and may not understand now...she will in a few months.

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wow....great question. Guess i am way late on asking it though. my son will be 2 next week. we still rock him to sleep everynight. i think i have done it so long because we know we are not having anymore....kinda savoring the the time that he sleeps in my arma. the thing is though, we have a 6 year old son that we could be reading to or playing with before he turns in....i have no clue how to undo this habit now....please. any suggestions?

Denise - posted on 07/24/2009

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At that age sometimes it is very hard to get them to sleep on there own, actually the only time my two sons ever went to sleep on there own being that small was after a god bath and a warm bottle, i would burp them and lay them down and pat there back normally they wen straight to sleep. But don't expect too much, from a 3 month old, rocking her gives you more bonding time.

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I didn't feel right about letting my son scream, either. Personally, I think 3 months is a little early to expect her to go to sleep easily on her own. My son was closer to 6 months when he figured out how to go to sleep. Before that, he was usually nursed or rocked to sleep. I didn't have to train him to do this, it is just something they do themselves when it is developmentally appropriate. All of a sudden, he stopped looking for me in the middle of the night, and would re-settle himself and go back to sleep. Same thing at bedtime. As long as you both are still getting enough rest, I would worry too much about sleep training just yet.

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