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My baby is 5 months old. I recently started working part time, but I’m going back to full time.

Ty

I want to stop breastfeeding and I want to teach him to sleep in his own bed. Any tips?

  • Laura
    Dec 05

    The cry it out method saved me when my daughter was 4 months. We put her in her own room and she was waking me up more often than when she was brand new. It took 3 days of about an hour of crying at bedtime and it sucked! But now shes 2 and sleeps amazingly and has since we did the sleep training.

  • Jenn
    Dec 05

    I second Laura with the cry it out. You can do a modified version and go in and pat every 5-10 mins, but depending on the baby that could make it worse. And no, your baby won't hate you. As for breastfeeding, I'd say start testing different bottles to see which he will take and when you find one, transition so he starts using the bottle more often.

  • Courtney
    Dec 05

    Please don’t do cio. Your baby is too young for that. He is crying for a reason. I would start with naps in his crib and work your way up from there

  • Jessica
    Dec 05

    Definitely start with crib for naps. Try the 5/10/15 minute method for cry it out. It’s a gentle method.

  • Anonymous
    Dec 05

    We did cry it out at 4 months and he’s been sleeping 8-8 ever since 😁 I would definitely agree with starting with naps in the crib and work from there! There are many books to read on sleep training with different ideas and information to learn from! As far as breastfeeding I’d just start weaning now, switch each feeding for a bottle every few days/weeks.

  • Kaitlin
    Dec 05

    Cry it out is not healthy for such a young baby

  • Christa
    Dec 05

    I would disagree that CIO is not healthy. Obviously you don’t want to just ignore him once you start it but there’s a rule to follow, 5. 10. 15 each amount of time passes and you go in, acknowledging you’re still there, baby is fine, and keep doing what you’re doing. We did this in the same room- so we could see him, and not have him think he was being left. We did the CIO and it made our son actually much more confident in himself, he’s not being left, he’s not being ignored, or hurt, we can still see him- and we are doing and check on him every 5,10,15 minutes and make sure he’s dry, safe and we also read “baby wise” which discusses the concept of CIO, Baby Lead and Parent led sleep training! Also I would suggest looking at “babysleepsite.com” for extra tips!

  • Jessica
    Dec 05

    I did the same as Christa as far as reading Babywise and used a Sleep coach. Everything they said I tried (including 5/10/15 Cry it out method) At that age as long as they are fed, dry, and not sick it is important to teach them independence, self soothing, and how to go to sleep from being awake. It really helped our son get a great nights sleep after only a few days, and now he’s over 2 and sleeps for 12 hours a night and LOVES sleepy time. It’s important to do what you’re comfortable with but I can say that using that method hasn’t given my kid abandonment issues and he has a very healthy sleep routine which makes for a happy boy!

  • Elle
    Dec 06

    CIO is the best and fastest way to minimize sleep deprivation. Babies need 16+hrs sleep/day at this age. Nothing is worse for a baby's development than lack of sleep. The sooner you do it (after 2-3 mo), the better. For bottles, see if you can borrow 1 bottle of a few different types from friends. Try seeing which baby takes to over the couse of a week. Then buy some of those. Comotomo is one of the brands that it supposed to be most like breast tissue. (Also, try different temperatures of milk in the bottle - warmed up, room temp, and refrigerated).