Helping my son get to sleep without fighting it.

Sarah - posted on 03/23/2010 ( 5 moms have responded )

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Can anyone help with some pointers for me?

My kiddo is so stubborn when it comes to taking a nap that he is crying, rubbing his eyes, or plowing his head into a blanket or pillow when he is tired but will not go to sleep. I have to literally make him go to sleep. Is there an easier way to help him realize it's ok to sleep when he's tired? If I put him in his crib to help him lay down he'll just cry and cry nonstop. Please help - I'm working on getting him to sleep on his own - in his own bed so mommy and daddy can have their bed back. :-)

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Jennifer - posted on 03/23/2010

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How about walking with him in a soft carrier? My dd almost always falls asleep in the mei- tai

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I am going through the same thing. I think the routine is the thing to do. But my 6 month old is having issues with his teething as well so that keeps him awake and angry. Good luck to all of us.

Brianna - posted on 03/23/2010

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Do you have a routine that you use for going to bed? If not that would be my first suggestion. When we get ready for bed it starts with me feeding him, then diaper change and pajamas, then I read a story while I feed him for the last time. I walk with him for a few minutes until he relaxes I can tell cause he puts his head on my shoulder and then lay him down. He is awake when I lay him down and he usually talks to himself for a few minutes before falling asleep. It takes awhile to establish a routine but once you do they know that it is bed time. He only cried the first week and never more then 10 minutes.



I modify it during the day, just feeding and walking. Sometimes he falls asleep before I lay him down other times he lays down awake. It took a little longer to get it done during the day. I notice that he gets tired about the same time every day so rather then wait until he is over tired and I was fighting with him I would just start in on the feeding a little bit before that time and that seemed to help a lot with naps. It seems that the more relaxed you can make them the easier it is to get them to go to sleep.



If you want to try the the Cry it out method, set a timer, it is hard to let them cry but sometimes 5 minutes is all it takes to wind them down and they will fall asleep, but it feels like an hour.



Sorry this was so long, I hope you find something that works!! :)

Sarah - posted on 03/23/2010

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my little girl does the same thing. i just got her used to sleeping in her crib without her sleeping in the bed with us. what i do is rock her to sleep while i am sitting down or i stand up and walk around. she finally gives up and starts to snooze off. and then i lay her down in her bouncy for a nap or her crib. some days i don't even get that lucky and just try and fight it with her.

Dee - posted on 03/23/2010

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i have 6 children.they have all gone through this stage.as the old saying goes "this too shall pass." hang in there. i would suggest putting him in his bed and laying him down and saying nite nite time every time he stands up.this will get tiring and seem endless but will eventually work if you keep at it.one thing i would suggest is you have to be more stubborn than your children.this i have found out along the way of my 18 years of raising kids.trust me you will need it even more as they get older.lol

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