Needs help getting baby to sleep

Nicole - posted on 01/14/2010 ( 3 moms have responded )

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Lately my 4 month old son doesn't want to sleep in his bed. He'll wake up a hour after his bedtime feeding and cries until I lay him in bed with us. He is still sleeping in our room but my problem is he is sleeping in his car seat ( he doesn't like to lay on his back only his belly) So what do I do to get him to sleep in his own bed. Lay him on his belly at this young of age, put him in our bed, or let him cry it out ( plus hes teething)

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Jamie - posted on 01/14/2010

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the only way my daughter will sleep is on her belly, shes 5 months now, and pretty much right from the beginning was on her belly. it is seriously the only way she will sleep and she has always been fine! doctors frown upon it, but its the only thing that works for her and she kinda rolls around anyway!

Rebecca - posted on 01/14/2010

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Oh and for teething wet a face cloth and put it in the freezer. Once frozen let him chew on it and don't forget the bib:) This worked great with both my kids:)

Rebecca - posted on 01/14/2010

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Let him cry it out. Never place a baby on their belly to sleep unless they are old enough to do it themselves. Both my kids hated sleeping on their bakcs as well as it was too flat so what we did with both was roll up a blanket and place it under the crib mattress. Do not place it under the sheet as it is too cushy and could cause suffication. Under the head of the mattress is the best spot becuase it will raise him just enough so he's not flat and it should help some.

When my daughter was 3 weeks old, she flipped on her belly while trying to get on her side(she was a side sleeper from birth) and when i went to check on her she was blue. She did come back to us but now that she is 6 months and has been able to move on her belly on her own for about a month i dont' get much sleep. Her head was to the side and her pacifier was still in her mouth so the Dr's said her lungs were not able to support her weight, she wasn't even 7lbs at this point. The risk of SIDS does not drop until well past the first year so i beg you not to place your child on his belly. Remember that this period of no sleep is only a phase and it will not be like this forever. Is risking your childs life really worth a few more hours of sleep...probably not.

When our son was about 7 months we used the cry it out method and it took about 3 nights for him to fall asleep on hsi own and stay asleep. If you keep getting him, he is getting what he wants and he will never break of it and you will make ti harder on yourself later. Do it now so he can learn to calm himself. He is in the same room as you right now so do it now and then once you move him to his own room he will be more likely to deal with it on his own. Move him to a play pen though, take him out of the car seat. They say babies shouldn't sleep in car seats anymore due to blocking of airways, this is a recent study, i think within the last year.

Good luck

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