Trying to get my 2 month old to sleep in her own bed

Denise - posted on 06/14/2013 ( 7 moms have responded )

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Need some advice please. Since my little one has been born she has slept with me. She loves to cuddle. But I'm trying to get her to sleep in her own room in her own bed. She senses when I try and put her in her bed and wakes up and cries and screams...I'm a first time mom so should I let her cry it out when I know she is tired? Any advice would really help thanks

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Om - posted on 06/30/2013

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I agree with Michelle, two months is very young. I remember my doctor telling me 6 weeks to 2 months is a very difficult age, major growth spurts occur at that age. My little guy just turned four months and we just put him in a crib in his own room, before that we were using an Arm's reach co-sleeper which I really liked. I don't believe in crying it out, because it makes your baby hysterical and for us it never worked. My fourth month old just started sleeping through the night but of course it's not consistent when he will sleep through the night, one night he may sleep through the night and the next night he won't. I just take my blessings! Your baby will sleep and she could possibly be a high need baby. My first son was very high need, still is, and he used to wake up the second I put him in his crib. I recommend looking at ask dr. sears and he also have an fb page.

Michelle - posted on 06/17/2013

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I would give her a bit longer. 2 Months is still very young if you have been doing co- sleeping since she was born. I moved my children to their own room gradually from around 4-5 months as that's when they usually cut out a night time feed.
Get her to sleep there during the day to get her used to her own room.

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Rachel - posted on 07/01/2013

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Sorry, I couldn't do it myself. We just co slept until they were around a year and then switched them to the crib.

Jodi - posted on 07/01/2013

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Please, please, PLEASE don't let her cry it out. Even advocates of this method will tell you she is WAY too young. Research has shown it can do harm.

Put it in perspective. She just spent 9 months secure inside your womb. Safe. Secure. Warm. Listening to your heartbeat. Hearing the sound of your voice. Being with you 24/7.

And in 2 months, you expect her to adapt to life without that? AND cry it out if she doesn't like it?

Desirae - posted on 06/21/2013

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Break the habit & do it fast! lol My 4 month old was like that for the first month & then I realized when I'd put her in her crib she'd cry to sleep with us. Just start slow. & don't budge. She'll cry. Not to be mean but if she cries herself to sleep. Then mission accomplished, she slept in her bed. Good luck. I pray she starts getting along with her bed.

Danicia - posted on 06/19/2013

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I moved our daughter to her room at 2 months old starting with nap times. I would make sure she was safe, in her crib (in her room), then let her cry it out. After she started taking naps with little to no crying we started transitioning to bedtime in her room. she caught on pretty quick at that point. if you start with nap times, you will save yourself from exhausted tears and frustration at bedtime that will make you want to just give up. good luck with the transition! :)

Bianca - posted on 06/19/2013

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Hi Denise,
I've got two boys aged 4 and 2.5 years old and what I found worked best for me was to have a little bassinet right next to my bed. This way you can transition your baby to his/her own space slowly. I found that when I put my babies in the crib they would be woken by all the space- since they're going from being next to cozy/warm mommy to being able to roll around and this is what woke them up. Don't be too hard on yourself. They say that until the baby is at least 3 months it's better not to let them cry it out, because they're still unaware of their surroundings, but certainly around 6months you can start to let them cry a bit whilst going in and reassuring them that they're safe and mommy/daddy are right here- this way they start to understand that not seeing you doesn't mean you're not right there. And keep in mind that when you begin sleep training that the first few nights are the hardest because they're crying and you're frequently getting up and putting them back down to sleep but eventually they understand what's going on and you'll have completed your goal. Hang in there!
Bianca

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