Getting my 8-week-old to sleep on his own!

Brianna - posted on 06/17/2009 ( 1 mom has responded )

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I need serious help getting my 8-week-old to sleep on his own! For the first couple of weeks he would only sleep when held. We were able to break him of that & he started sleeping in his crib (in a snuggle rest) since he hated his bassinet. Now, he has reverted back to not wanting to be put down! And, for safety reasons, we don’t like the idea of having him sleep in the bed with us. I try to limit his daytime naps, used an incline positioner, try warm baths at night (& use Johnson’s bedtime products), sing softy, turn off all noise & lights...I even bought a CD with womb sounds, but it only worked temporarily. I am especially exhausted as I have returned to work & stay up nearly all night trying to get him to sleep. He is not held all day, he actually enjoys his swing, bouncer, activity mat, baby einstein dvd’s, he even lays in his bassinet or crib to look at his mobile. He easily falls to sleep when rocked but when place in his crib or even his pack’n’play bassinet, he wakes within a few minutes crying. Any suggestions?

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Marcy - posted on 06/17/2009

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Try putting one of your shirts that you have worn with your scent on it in the crib with him. If you have just returned to work chances are he is just missing mommy. Its tough I know, I did the same thing. My kiddo went to daycare at 3 months and was a horrible sleeper. He ended up in bed with us for a very long time and is just now sleeping in his big boy bed. I used to rock him to sleep in his car seat and let him sleep in that. I good friend of mine said "Girl, you do whatever it takes to get sleep" so I put him in his car seat, rocked him off to sleep and then stuck the car seat (of course he was strapped in) in to his crib.



Good luck.....

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