For your sanity and sleep, it's important that your child learns to fall asleep on his own.
What worked for you for your kid to learn self-soothing/ fall asleep on their own?
I let my son suck his thumb & he puts himself to sleep most nights
Sara, how long did it take for her to learn to fall asleep? How old? Was there lots of tears?
Nicole, she sleeps in my room so we can’t really be out of eyesight for her all night. Doesn’t that kind of take away from letting her cry? 😕
Grace- there was about a month there that I thought she was going to suck her thumb, I just haven’t seen her attempt it in a while. I totally would go for that because she most of the time needs a paci and had been waking up when it fell out 😴
We use a lovey and have since about four months of age. I used to stroke his face with it while he nursed. He is two now and that lovey is life. Every night he 'talks' to it, cuddles it, and rubs it on his face.
Yes, that’s true! The problem for us is that if we put our little guy down while he’s crying he just cries even more. So we make sure we put him down while he’s still awake but calm and ready to sleep! Every baby is so different and it’s hard sometimes to figure out what’s best for you but hopefully you find a routine that works for everyone at home! 👍🏻🙃
We've just gotten through some of this. He may regress but for now... fingers crossed. A wubbanub is the biggest thing for our son in terms of comfort. A nighttime routine has been huge. If we miss his window & he's too tired he loses it if we put him down. He needs to be drowsy but awake & he'll lie there talking & rolling a bit. Another thing that has helped on really bad nights was me sitting in the room singing the same song. If I'm too close to the crib though it will overstimulate him & he'll want to be held. We keep a baby monitor. We try and only go in if he's getting too worked up. We also avoid co-sleeping so there's no confusion. It saddens us not to co-sleep sometimes but it seems Better for all of us in the long run. Hope this helps.
Our baby sleep bible. ☝️
Ashley- did this work for you? I’ve heard of it. I too am in a predicament for getting my 6 month old to sleep through the night. I am up 2-3 x a night still and I’m just exhausted by morning. I also have a 2 year old to keep up with. My situation tho I don’t let her cry because I’m afraid she’ll wake brother. So I’m in her room quickly and feed/soothe her.
Hi Erin! Yes!! It worked wonders for us. It took a few days but it worked like a charm.
I did the cry it out method. Some are against it, but it worked within a week for both. And I never let them cry more than 20 minutes. But what you do prior to their sleep time is key, too. Always soothing, calming, even nature sounds like ocean waves. White noise machine helps us so much. Make sure it’s not too loud.
What is a lovey and what is a wubbanub?
When you put your baby down sleepy but awake, what do you do if they start crying? She’s very persistent and once she gets going she can scream FOR HOURS. So I don’t know that she’s a good candidate for cry it out as she sleeps in her own bed but in my room (she’s supposed to be sleeping in her own bed but I’m so exhausted at night I just pull her in the bed with me),
Ashley, I’ll look into that book. Thank you!!
Ashley, is it cry it out based?
My sons lovey
I know every baby is different so I respect everyone’s different ways of doing things. For me though it was simple. Put them in the crib at bed time. Don’t go in there until morning when they get up. I can’t stress enough how simple it is. It was hard at first for me but my son never cried for more than 30 mins and that was only the first 2 nights. He goes to sleep in 5 minutes or less with no crying for naps and bedtime now and has for the past 6 months.
Any, we have the purple hippo lovey! My daughter loves her lovey too. If you do decide to get something like that or the Wubbanub, buy a few so you have extras in case one is dirty or one gets lost.
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