Sleep training?

Jennifer - posted on 06/11/2009 ( 2 moms have responded )

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I have a 6 month old baby girl and I can not get her to sleep on her own. She will only fall asleep if I lay down with her and nurse her to sleep. I have tried rocking her, putting her in her swing and just letting her cry for a bit in her crib. Help!

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Lara - posted on 06/11/2009

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hi baby girl was like this as well i tried the cry it out but just couldn't do it i don't think its wrong but i just had to go in if she was crying. i used the pick up put down method

STEP 1 Watch for your baby's sleepy signs: yawning, eye-rubbing and general crankiness.



STEP 2 Put her in her cot while she's drowsy but awake.



STEP 3 If she cries, pick her up and comfort her with a 'sshhh' until she stops crying, then put her down.



STEP 4 Continue with picking her up if she gets upset. Eventually she'll realise that you'll put her down once she's calm, and she'll learn to fall asleep by herself. She'll begin to associate the 'sshhh' sound with sleep so that if she wakes the sound alone should work, this can take a while but it only took a few nights for me. i also try to keep the same routine like bath book bed and she has a teddy which she won't sleep without now lol. she is now 14 months and i can put her in her cot in her own room awake and she goes to sleep and naps well in her room during the day. but all babies are different i just hope this helps.

MacKenzie - posted on 06/11/2009

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My little girl was exactly the same way! I was rocking her every night and she would fall asleep but then once I laid her in the crib...she instantly woke up and wanted me again.



I was at about 5-6 months that I decided to start sleep training her. I chose a form of the cry it out method...tailor it to your own needs and comfort level. The first few nights were rough...she cried for a long time...BUT she did end up falling asleep on her own and each night she would spend less and less time crying.



I focused on nighttime first...getting a regular nightly routine in place...bath, bottle, bed. Then when I was seeing success with that I worked in naps and getting her to go down on her own for those. Naps took a little longer for her to get used to but she figured it out.



She is 15 months old now and is a great sleeper. Goes down for naps twice a day and goes to bed by 8 every night and sleeps til 7am.



It is not a fun transition to make but in the long run (and you have to stay focused on that) your little girl will benefit from it and you will too!



Good luck and know this is just what worked for me and my daughter...the cry it out method isn't for eveyone.

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