Need help getting my 9 month old to soothe self to sleep.

Laura - posted on 04/09/2010 ( 1 mom has responded )

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My little girl is now 9 months old, and I still rock her to sleep! I probably should have started to change things a bit earlier than now, but I didn't and now I am wanting to help her learn to soothe herself to sleep. I would like to be able to eventually place her in her crib awake and feel confident that she'll take a nap on her own. Any suggestions or success/failure stories that you've got to share might prove useful. Thanks! :)

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Kristin - posted on 04/09/2010

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Shoulda, coulda, woulda... doesn't matter. What matters is that both you and your daughter are happy with what's happening. It's time to change it when one or both of you are no longer happy with the status quo.

First, have you got a bedtime routine? If not, get one going. think dinner, a little quiet playtime, bath, feed, clean mout/brush teeth, stories and song while rocking. Give her something to hold, blanket, toy, book, dirty shirt of yours, whatever, for this last bit. Get her to almost asleep and then lay her down. She may fuss a bit, rub her side/back/tummy until she calms but do not interact beyond that. Leave when she's back to almost asleep. If she doesn't fuss, just leave.

The routine is vital. She will learn to associate that with going to sleep over your having to rock her all the way to sleep.

I've got a 5 year old who still loves to get a quick story, cuddle, and a few songs before bed. It's these little rituals that help them. My 2 year old I could toss into bed and he's out. Each kid is different and needs different nighttime reassurances.

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