How can I get my baby to sleep better?

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Keisha - posted on 05/12/2009

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Give him a nice warm bath just before he goes to bed and make sure wherever he's sleeping is warm or the surface is warm. What Belinda suggested, the soothing music, always worked wonders for us with our first son as well.

Belinda - posted on 05/12/2009

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My 3 year old was a really bad sleeper. He has only been sleeping through the night for a month now. I actually put a little staereo in his room and played classical music softly on repeat all night. He now sleeps soundly every night - it's wonderful. Maybe it's something you could try.

Kim - posted on 05/11/2009

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Give him some crib toys and one of your t-shirts to sleep with. Your scent might make him feel better. I actually moved my daughter from bassinet to pack n play to crib. It worked great. And I used the crib for daytime naps so I could tell how she was getting used to it. At your son's age, he shouldn't need any nighttime bottles, it sounds like he just needs a routine. Basically the same thing every night -- bath, jammies, snuggle and story or songs, and bedtime. I let my daughter take a bottle of water (then a sippy cup) to bed with her and she did great!

Tricia - posted on 05/11/2009

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This might not be what you're looking for as it's not how to get him to sleep LONGER, but both my baby and I sleep BETTER when we share sleep. If you're bottle-feeding, it's not recommended that you share a sleep surface, but if you're breastfeeding, there's nothing better than keeping the baby in the bed. And even if you bottle-feed, keeping him close (in a co-sleeper or bassinett) will still help both of you get on the same sleep cycle. My small man wakes up to feed about 4 times every night, but I only lose about 20 minutes of sleep, because he wakes at the end of my sleep cycle (when I would often wake up anyway), and he never cries. I just latch him on when he starts grunting, and then I go back to sleep while he helps himself.

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At 6 months old, he's still growing a lot. I remember when my son was that age, he also woke up in the middle of the night, at least once. I would recommend diaper and bottle. When he wakes up crying, change his diaper in the crib (taking him out of the crib only wakes him up even more), and give him a bottle. I had a routine for my son. He got a bottle and diaper change right before I went to bed every night (so a few hours after he'd gone to bed). He'll be less likely to wake up again if his tummy is full and his diaper is dry.
As for crying when you put him in the crib instead of bassinet... totally normal. Unfortunately, other than just letting him cry it out, there's not a whole lot you can really do about it. When my son moved to his crib, I got him crib toys. A little fake fish tank thing that hangs on the crib rail and lights up and plays music. And I got him a mobile. Those 2 things usually occupied him until he fell asleep. Good luck!

Sarah - posted on 05/10/2009

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My baby is 6 months old and still wakes up 2-3 times per night. He also still sleeps in his bassinet and when I try and put him in his crib he crys. Any ideas??

Siobhan - posted on 04/12/2009

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How old is your baby? What is the problem? Is he not sleeping through the night?

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