How do I get my baby on a schedule??

Veronica - posted on 06/10/2009 ( 3 moms have responded )

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My daughter just turned 4 months and I am having a horrible time with her sleep. First off I can't get her to sleep unless she is on her belly! Which causes a problem when I am not at home. Second how do I get her on a schedule? She will not go down for naps unless I rock her on my chest and when I go to put her down she wakes literally 10 minutes later!!! Also she will not fall alseep unless I am the one rocking her. This is bad because my husband can't get her down or any one else for that matter. Please help, any comments would help!!!

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Christa - posted on 06/10/2009

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I HIGHLY recommend the book Babywise. It worked wonders for us. My daughter slept through the night at 9 weeks and has been on a perfect schedule ever since. She's 16 months now and wakes up at 7 every morning, I don't even use an alarm clock, then she takes two naps and lays down by herself and is asleep within 10 minutes, sometimes she talks for a couple of minutes. She does the same thing at 830 when it's bedtime. It does take some letting her cry at the beginning and that is hard but you won't scar them and it is SO worth it. Good Luck!!

User - posted on 06/10/2009

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i'm with jeri. we've put all our kids in bed and yes they cry a little but they learn really fast to put themselves to sleep with now help. i have three. they are all good happy kids. i promise it doesn't ruin them. anyone that babysits tells us how easy it is to put our kids to bed. they just go. i have a 4,2 and 1 yr old.

Jeri - posted on 06/10/2009

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With my son, we started to get him to learn to fall asleep on his own. We would make sure that he was fed, changed and tired (usually a couple hours after he'd last slept). Then we would put him in his bed and turn on his music, mobile and he has a vibration thing on his bed. At first he cried a lot but we would leave him for 10 min. max. Usually he would fall asleep quite fast. After about a week this turned into routine and for the most part he would fall asleep with no fuss. Hope this helps....ps, its hard at first to hear them cry but its for the best in the long run.

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