I messed up my baby's sleep pattern!

Rebecca - posted on 10/31/2012 ( 1 mom has responded )




My 10 week old had been a great nighttime sleeper, though he'd wake regularly for feedings. At 1 month he would go 4 hours, then 3 hours, then 3 hours between feedings at night. After feedings/diaper changes he'd go back to sleep well in his bassinet by our bed.

Then he had a couple growth spurts. During that time he'd wake very frequently to eat. Out of my own pure laziness, I began keeping him (both of us sleeping) in my bed with me between feedings. Now he's back to not needing to eat as often, going at least 2.5 hours between feedings day and night, but he won't go back to sleeping in his own bed.

The only places we can reliably get him to sleep are in his swing, in the stroller/car, or in my arms or when I'm baby wearing.

I had a baby that slept wonderfully in his own bed and now I've "spoiled" (i.e., conditioned) him into getting fussy, which escalates to crying, whenever he realizes he's sleeping alone (and not in motion). The "problem" is: I really enjoy sleeping with the babe in arms, but I don't want to get into a routine that I'll regret.

Sorry for the longwindedness In essence, how do I get my kiddo to go back to being okay sleeping in his own bed? I absolutely will not go the cry it out route (now or ever), and I'm even having a hard time having the will power to keep getting him to sleep and putting him in his bed just to have him wake and fuss/cry minutes later when it's so much nicer and easier just to put him in bed with me and snuggle.

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