How do you start a routine sleep habbit with a four month old?

Shan - posted on 05/14/2009 ( 2 moms have responded )

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My baby doesn't have this routine sleep, forcing me to stay wide awake at night while she plays when she wakes up. I have to be at work in the morning and she waits until 4am to 6 am to go to sleep.. HELP.!

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Jamie - posted on 05/14/2009

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I agree totally with the above comment. You have to lay her down when you want her to go to sleep(specifically at night) and leave her in her crib. When my daughter was little, I would put her down awake, and if she cried, I would go to the door and speak or sing to her. It didn't take very long for her to get used to it. I also used a soother until she was about 15 months old, and that really helped at bedtime.

Jen - posted on 05/14/2009

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Start keeping a log of the times she's taking naps throughout the day and when she eats. Then look at the times that she eats and sleeps the most and make those her official feeding and sleeping times. If you don't mind letting her cry it out, just lay her in the crib at the times you've chosen as nap times and let her fall asleep on her own. If she cries for more than 10 mins. go in, rub her back, and leave. Try not to pick her up. At four months she should probably only be sleeping 2 to 3 times at maybe 2 hours at a time. My daughter was a cat napper (30 mins.) at that age and had 2 or 3 naps and then slept through at night so I don't know what the normal sleep average is at that age. Hopefully by not letting her sleep much during the day it will help her sleep at night. Also make sure you always put her down for bed at the same time every night. That will also help. Have a bed time routine. Example: bath at 8, bottle/nurse at 8:30, bed at 9. I hope that helps some.

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