my newborn won't sleep unless i'm holding her. even when she's sound asleep and i put her down she wakes up 10 minutes later. how do i get her to stay sleeping on her own?

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Skylur - posted on 03/03/2009

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Try swaddling her. Swaddling simulates the womb. Also all the room in the crib can be overwhelming for a newborn so the swaddling will also help with that. Try putting something in the room that will make white noise like a fan or a sound machine. You can also try heating up her bed with a heating pad and removing it before you put her down. Good luck. Newborns are tricky little things.

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Veranda - posted on 01/24/2013

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I have a 3 month old that wont sleep no longer than 5 min. I tried a warm bath don't work a warm bottle don't work he'll sleep on top of me and when i put him down hes back up its hell at night i get no sleep at all help me

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I still have the same problem with my seven week old, as a short term solution I use a sling and at least I can carry on with other things while he sleeps...

Nidia - posted on 03/03/2009

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I had the same problem with my daughter. I had to end up taking naps with her all the time because she would wake up if I set her down. It's not all that bad of an idea to hold her and fall asleep with her. I bonded a lot with my daughter. I think she'll grow out of it. Just give it some time.

Angela - posted on 03/03/2009

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Also for any Canadian moms that have infants 6 to 23 months old there is a study going on about infant/toddler sleep.   click on the link and go to the Research tab and scroll down to see Click here for the Infant and Toddler Sleep Study. It should only take about 15 minutes to complete. Thank you.

Angela - posted on 03/03/2009

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Try putting her in her crib/bed almost asleep so that she learns to fall asleep on her own and not in your arms. She may cry a bit and you can chose whether or not to pick her up right away or not but she needs sleep and will go to sleep. She is getting used to being held in order to fall asleep.

Shanijah - posted on 03/03/2009

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try swaddling (tying her up real tight in a blanket) before putting her to sleep. She will think someone is holding her and it should work. It works with my newborn and he sleeps until feeding time.

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