my little one falls asleep in my arms but not in his cot?

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Hey my little one is 10weeks old now & will not fall asleep in his cot.

he falls asleep fine while i'm burping him or getting cuddles but if i then go to put him in his cot 8 out of 10 times he'll wake up & cry, so then i've gotta pick him up & settle him back to sleep. i've try'd to let him go & see if he'll stop & go to sleep but nope he wakes up even more.

he'll drop bak off to sleep in his cot if really sleepy but want to know how to get him out of the habbit of always needing me to fall asleep.

sometimes he'll be on the couch kicking around & talking & will nod off but no very often. help.... my arms are getting saw & he's getting bigger......

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Catia - posted on 07/19/2009

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I just figured out a little trick with my son. I lay him down and my bed and lay next to him so that he could see me. I stoke his head, which my son makes him sleepy. I started to do this at 10pm every night and now by 9-9:30 he will just go to sleep. I still lay down next to him but there are times he just falls asleep by him self.

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In addition to the other suggestions, you could try elevating his crib mattress slightly. I know that helps for some babies. You may also want to try out a baby sling - that will help give your arms a rest but still let him get the cuddles he needs. But really, for a 10 week old, I don't think the behavior is unusual - it is tough though, so I hope something here helps!

Stacy - posted on 07/19/2009

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I actually read an article in the American Baby magazine just the other day about this. The magazine says to look for signs of sleepiness... rubbing eyes, yawning or thumb sucking... and lay them down while they are still awake and you're sure they're sleepy. My baby is only a month and a few days old and is already getting very dependent on being held to fall asleep. I tried laying him down when I knew he was getting sleepy and gave him his pacifier and sure enough... he was out in no time. Hope it works for you too. :)

Linnette - posted on 07/19/2009

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I would wrap him in a blanket all snug so he thinks he is being held an loosen it a lil bit each night an try to get him out of the habit....or I would try those side holders can be bought at babies r us....they are the things that hold them in place idk what they are called but they worked wonders for my girls bc they thought i was holding them....i will try to find the actual name of it..hope it helped.

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