My daughter is 2 months old and will ONLY sleep when I am holding her!! HELP!!

Railey - posted on 03/14/2013 ( 5 moms have responded )

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My daughter is 2 months old, and this first time mommy made the mis stake of letting her sleep on me or next to me scene she was born! It has gotten to the point that even during naps, if I try to lay her in her crib, swing, or bouncer she will wake up with in minutes crying until I pick her up. I NEED to break this habbit of her sleeping only when she is being held or in bed with me! Does anyone have any ideas on how to get her to sleep with out being held!!! Thanks!!!

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Roxanne - posted on 03/14/2013

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Okay dont panic, i did the same with my son evan and he's 4 but maybe you should giving her a stuffed animal with a picture of you on it. that way she'll feel like your with her when you arent. Hope i helped! :)

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Desmine - posted on 04/03/2013

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Most often for babies, its not just the fact that they are being held, but the warmth, heartbeat and general closeness that the body provides, one of the best and biggest things you can try is swaddling her. The tightness and the warmth of the blanket can simulate still being in the mothers womb or being held. Also if it has become a big issue, they have monitors that play the sound of a heartbeat or even placing a laptop in the room with the sound downloaded, as the child is swaddled and the sound of the beat can put even the sleepiest child to sleep. Dedication!! Most important, anything that you do, make sure when you do put the child to sleep, that they wake up in their bed.

Sara - posted on 04/03/2013

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I have been going through the same thing. My Dr said to hold her if she wants to be held but def stop at 4 months, because then they can pick up habbits. My daughter is 12 weeks now and we just started to try and put her down for naps after we get her asleep. Sometimes she only sleeps for 30 min where on me she will sleep for 3 hours but its a start! A lot of things say you just have to wait till the baby is ready and as much as we don't want to hear that I have started to believe it. Also another thing that has worked sometimes is putting her down in her swing or playpen before she starts to yawn or rub her eyes. Today she started yawning and rubbing in her swing and then fussedba little. I patted and shhed and then walked away after a minute or so and she fussed a little more, you know those whiny cries and fell asleep! This is only one of a few times this has happened, but remember progress is key! Good luck!

Erin - posted on 03/19/2013

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i went through the same thing with my son at about 2 months, he is now a year. he would fall asleep while i was feeding him or in my husbands arms but every time we would put him in his bed he would wake right up. this is what my doctor told me to do and it worked like a charm. he said pick a time every night (the same time) when he is sleepy but not sleeping and put him in his bed. then pat his back or whatever you need to do to get him to fall asleep in his bed. the key is that he falls asleep in his bed so that if he wakes the last memory is of him falling asleep in his bed, not your arms and it won't freak him out and he'll go back to sleep. he said if my son cried i could pick him up and rock him or walk around with him but to make sure he is awake when you put him back in bed after he is calm. it took me up to 45 min a night for a week. i held his binky in his mouth and gently rocked him back and forth in his bed till he fell asleep. so i would only suggest doing this if you have plenty of time to commit to it. hope this helped.

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