How do I get my infant to stop crying ?

Megan - posted on 09/27/2009 ( 4 moms have responded )

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My son is 2 months and two weeks old. He loves be held at all times. I hold him and rock him until he goes to sleep. As soon as I lay him down and he realizes I'm not with him he screams until i pick him up. It's at the point where everytime he is put down awake or sleep he will scream until someone mainly me picks him up.

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Brandi - posted on 09/27/2009

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My daughter did this too. what helped for us was that at about 2 mos. of age or so, I started laying her down for her nap and just let her cry. I checked periodically on her, but never picked her up until she had napped at least a little. once he realizes you won't come EVERY time he cries, he will probably cry less and only when he really needs something. It is really important that babies learn to self-soothe. It is really hard to do, but sometimes they just need to be left alone.

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A 2 month old baby is too young to leave to cry for any length of time. He's too young to soothe himself. Crying is his only way to communicate his needs. Sleep training isn't recommended before 6 months. However, there are some very effective techniques for calming baby. Try reading "The Happiest Baby on the Block". That book recommends 5 S's:



Swaddling, Side/Stomach Position, Shushing, Swinging, and Sucking

http://www.colichelp.com/shop/happiestba...



These definitely worked for me - my son had come colicy behavior from about 2-4months. Pick one of the S's, and give it 5-10 minutes or so to before trying a different method. Sometimes it takes awhile for baby to calm down.



The other thing I'd suggest it if you are rocking him to sleep, you need to wait awhile before setting him in the crib. Make sure he's completely limp, so about 5 minutes after he falls asleep. Baby's sleep cycles are kind of backwards, so they go into REM first, and as a result startle very easily shortly after they fall asleep.

Amy - posted on 09/27/2009

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don't pick him up right away. check on him to make sure nothing is wrong then walk away for about 5 minutes or so. then he will get used to you not picking him up to his every cry.

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