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Q&A: How can I help baby sleep?

How can I help baby sleep?

Re: How can I help baby sleep?

The Bump Expert

Every baby is different, but there are definitely some ways to maximize your chances of catching some z's. Give yourself and baby some much-needed snoozetime with these easy tips.

Clear the Clutter
Make sure the nursery is designated as a room for sleep. Keep the area around the crib free of toys and other fun knickknacks. "Crib distractions confuse your baby," says Conner Herman, our sleep expert. "They'll make him wonder, 'Is this a playpen, or is it time to sleep?'" Clearing the space will help your baby mentally associate the bedroom with sleeping and other rooms with playing. "Babies can't understand you verbally," reminds Herman. "You need to figure out how to give them other cues."

Start Separating
Though it may go against your natural instinct, Kira Ryan, another sleep expert of ours, recommends putting baby in her own room for at least one nap a day from the start. "This gets her acclimated to her room, so when it's time to move in there, it's not a total change." A daily solo nap also helps baby and you get used to being apart -- these little breaks may be tough, but they're healthy and necessary. Even if baby sleeps in your room, Herman recommends putting up a screen or partition for a little separation. "If baby wakes up during the night and sees you, it's easy for him to rely on you to fall back asleep." And you'll all be happy later if baby's able to put himself back to bed.

Stay Cool
Baby sleeps best when the temperature is consistent and cool. "Most moms actually keep the nursery too warm," says Ryan. Try to keep the room temperature between 68 and 72 degrees. Putting your crib in the right spot is also essential. "Pick a location that isn't in the direct pathway of your air conditioning or heating vents," says Herman. Sudden temperature changes will startle and disturb baby. Also, keep the crib away from windows to protect baby from drafts and outside noise.

Dim the Lights
Forget the nightlights -- babies aren't likely to fear the dark until at least 18 months. In fact, cut out all the extra light you can. "On a scale of one to five, five being pitch black, your baby's room should be a four," says Herman. Get yourself an extra hour of sleep by putting vinyl blackout curtains behind decorative drapes. Light signals daytime to baby, so blocking out the sun will help keep her snoozin'. Also, scan the room for anything shiny. A CD player, baby monitor, or flashing toy could catch baby's eye and wake him up, so cover these objects or turn them around. If baby's a nighttime nurser, attach a dimmer switch to a lamp and turn it on and off slowly for nighttime feedings.

Soothe with Sound
What baby hears (or doesn't) is just as important as what she does or doesn't see. Pick up a white noise machine to cancel out house noise, cars, and other distracting sounds; leave it on all night. Baby will begin to associate the constant and consistent sound with sleep. Some noise machines have lullaby, ocean, or other sound options, but simple white noise is fine -- it'll bring baby back to being in the womb, and really, what's more soothing than memories of mommy's belly? Look for a portable machine so you’ll be able to recreate the sounds of the nursery while you're away from home.

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sleep experts conner herman and kira ryan Conner Herman and Kira Ryan, cofounders of Dream Team Baby

Q&A: How can I help baby sleep?

Sleep with baby in your bed and breastfeed lying on your side in your room when you want him to fall asleep. When he wakes up, keep the lights off or low. don't talk to him during the night so he gets the idea that its sleepy time. If you are nearby, he won't have to get stressed and upset when he wakes up and will fall back asleep easier. Also, sometimes during the day if I want him to sleep, I put him in a baby carrier (like a sling or frontpack) and take a walk around the block. The bouncing works wonders!

stephthedoula |

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Stephthedoula - you are NEVER EVER supposed to sleep with your baby!! That is one of the leading causes linked to SIDS! Breastfeeding while lying in bed is okay and recommended for night time feeding but you will never hear a doctor suggest that you sleep with your infant.

carlystud1224 |

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There are sleep systems designed for co sleeping. one of the leading causes of SIDS is sleeping on their stomachs, cig. smoke, drug use etc...they can sleep on their back with you, even with one of the bumper things to prevent rolling. And it wont get get them attatched to sleeping w/ you until they are about 4 months old or more.

erinm589 |

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actually there are lots of of things designed to co-sleep with baby. And there are lots of conflicting things about SIDS. The worry would be that you could roll over on the baby, but as long as you co-sleep safely it is actually a good thing. Studies have shown that chances of SIDS are actually reduced when co-sleeping because the baby can take cues from the mother/parents about breathing and they are closer if you are breastfeeding. Make sure you get both sides and then decide for yourself what you think is really going on. There is no real expert on SIDS :)

FSUMom01 |

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Alternatively, you can go for the middle ground and use a co-sleeper crib. The baby has his or her own sleeping space so no danger of rolling over on your little one, but it's connected to your bed so the baby isn't far away for middle of the night feedings.

crymsonspyki |

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The book "Baby Wise" is all about how to give your child the gift of sleep. It teaches you how to create a pattern of eat, wake, sleep and gives you guidelines for how to put your child down to sleep for naps and at night that will help him/her learn how to sleep through the night by 7 or 8 weeks! My husband and I have been following their philosophies since our baby was born and he is 6 weeks old tomorrow. Last night he slept through the night for the first time! Teach your baby good habits from the start (no co-sleeping, no things they become dependent on to fall asleep like food, or a carseat, vibrations, etc) and you will both be happier sooner and more rested.

kmgarbutt |

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QUOTE = "Stephthedoula - you are NEVER EVER supposed to sleep with your baby!! That is one of the leading causes linked to SIDS! Breastfeeding while lying in bed is okay and recommended for night time feeding but you will never hear a doctor suggest that you sleep with your infant. carlystud1224 | June 04 , 2010 12:44 PM" Yeah, good luck with that when you're totally sleep deprived the whole night and realize that the only thing that can calm your baby is sleeping with you. I have no problems sleeping with my child as long as she's in a co-sleeper or some other item that will keep her in place while we sleep in a bed. I place her in bassinet just fine, and as soon as I lay down, in 10 minutes she's screaming until I place her in the bed with me.

MagMarie24 |

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kmgarbutt... How many hours did your 6 week old sleep?

AnnaRS |

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I swear by Johnson & Johnson night time shampoo. We have a bedtime routine since my son was 3 weeks old, he is now a month old. An hour before we want to go to bed we will give him his bath (this only worked after we started using the bed time bath shampoo), then breast feed (I don't make enough breast milk), then give him a bit of formula until he is full, rock him for a bit.. He sleeps for 5-6 hours. We only bathe him every other day and the days we don't, but do everything else the same he wakes up every 2-4 hours.

deleond2 |

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Stephthedoula - you are NEVER EVER supposed to sleep with your baby!! That is one of the leading causes linked to SIDS! Breastfeeding while lying in bed is okay and recommended for night time feeding but you will never hear a doctor suggest that you sleep with your infant. Actually, When I was in the hospital with our first son they advised us to have our son sleep with my husband in his bed so that we could get some sleep. I think it's okay as long as you don't make it into a habit. Creating a bedtime routine really helped my first son, he was a great sleeper. I now have a 2 week old son and we are still doing the night time routine with him. He definitely has a harder time sleeping than my first, but i'm sure as long as we're consistent and flexible it will get better.

ronitoswife |

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before i had my son, I thought it was "crazy" to sleep with an infant- for safety reasons. however, after discussing it with friends and doing a lot of thinking, I think it is WAY more natural to sleep with your child than to put them away from you to sleep. babies need to bond with their mothers- they slept within you for 9months and now they're expected to sleep in a crib? I think the transition should be gradual. and for the record, I LOVED napping with my son (holding him against me) he slept so well. he slept in his cozy bassinet during the night- and now at 4 months we are starting to let him cry himself to sleep - which I believe is necessary but very difficult for me.

gwendolyncarlson |

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My 1 month old daughter is driving me bananas with the sleeping! During the day, it's no problem, she wakes up and eats, we stay up and play for 1-2 hours, and then she falls back asleep for 2 hours or so. Once 10pm hits though, it's like she becomes a totally different baby! She goes from eating an average amount to CONSTANTLY (I breastfeed), and she will eat eat eat for 2-3 hours off and on, and still act like I'm just starving her to death. I've started making bottles specifically for night-time feedings, sometimes she likes the bottle, and sometimes she's unbelievably stubborn and wants the breast when there's no more milk to give to her. Just fights me every step, oi. On the plus side, when I FINALLY do get her down, she'll usually sleep 4-5 hours, enough time for Mama to get some rest and the milk to fill back up. I put her in her crib. When I was 6 months pregnant, my mother's best friend had to bury her 5 month old baby because she slept with him and accidentally rolled over on him, I will NEVER NEVER NEVER sleep with my baby, though I do lay next to her during the day and we have cuddle time. It's so much easier to fight the baby into a crib/bassinet (they gotta sleep sometime) and preventing the worst than dealing with the pain if it ever were to happen.

kight20 |

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my son has started sleeping in his side and he is 5 months old. im scared because he has never liked being on his tummy, so we didnt do tummy time that much so he cant hold his head up very well... im scared that during the night if he does this and gets on his tummy, he would not be able to keep his head up.....

fabiespregers |

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My son just turned 4 weeks, at first I was scared to sleep with him on me or around me. Now I find it an amazing bonding experience. He gets his bath at 9pm, gets rubbed down in baby oil, we do his nightly exercises, he gets his bottle, burp him, then he's out for a good 4-6 hours in his bassinet. He doesn't like being in a wet diaper so in his sleep I've learned his cues that he's wet, and change him while he's still asleep. Usually he wakes up around 2, I feed him, change him and then he either sleeps beside me (with my arm angled to keep me from rolling), on me or cradled in my arm against the side of the sofa, and out he goes for another 2-4 hours, wakes up, we do exercises again, feed, change and out again for 2-4. He also gets gripe water 4 times a day so that he doesn't get gas pains so he doesn't wake from that alone. Having a set schedule works wonders, we both know what to expect

brittneysturm |

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swaddling!!! It is a MIRACLE worker I swear! My first son demanded to be swaddled to sleep until he was almost 6 months old!!! My younger son who is only a month old, loves the swaddle, but he wants his hands free so he can hold them against his face, which took me awhile to figure out b/c my first son would wake up from a dead sleep if his arms got unswaddled in his sleep! Every baby is different but experimenting with many different methods and being open to ideas is definitely the way to go! My one year old has been on the same sleep routine since 6 months old (when we quit swaddling him) BBB. Bath, Bottle, Bed. At seven he gets a bubble bath, we read a few books to him, while he is in the bath to calm him down. Then at 7:20 we have snack ( a couple crackers with peanut butter, or a granola bar, and a cup of milk -we weaned him to a sippy cup at 9months- ) then at 8 we brush our teeth and I turn on his ocean waves & fan and give him a soft book and his blankey and we dont see him again until AT LEAST 8 in the morning. its wonderful

Mommy2Ben |

Q&A: How can I help baby sleep?

I don't think there is anything wrong with sleeping with your baby. It is called Co-sleeping and especially if you are breastfeeding it helps mom and baby get more sleep! Plus moms are more "aware when their baby is right next to them". Plus my doctor fully supports my decision to co sleep. Now if your a hard sleeper that may not work so well... But Do not by any means tell a Mom that Co sleeping is NEVER NEVER OK! it is not your place to say anything! @ ronitoswife

corrieg |

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Co-Sleeping is totally fine with a few precautions. It's also awesome for Breastfeeding.

bustysinclare |

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To reduce SIDS a baby should st least room share with their parent for 6 MONTHS. Offering suggestions to boot them out at 5 weeks goes against AAP reccomendations to reduce SDIS. HORRIBLE advice.

dell126 |

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depending on how old your baby is, you could give a little rice cereal in the bottle to allow for a fuller stomach so you may get more sleep time  Baby Birthday Ticker Ticker

slaneyra |

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My daughter is 5 weeks old and will sleep 2-4 hrs at a time at night. We started doing a bedtime routine with her once her umbilical cord fell off. We usually give her a bath an hour before bedtime and I will BF her and then my husband will give her a bottle of formula to fill her up more (otherwise she will eat, eat, eat from 5 to 9 straight pretty much). It helps her relax and get some bonding time with daddy too. I found that she tends to sleep better too with soft music or white noise in the back ground too. I have slept with her since she was born. I only do it now maybe once a week if I get extremely tired but I find nothing wrong with co sleeping. Neither my husband nor I roll at all when she's in the bed, we put her in the middle and we both end up on the ends of the bed. Me personally I think all these "recomendations" for SIDS are just things that "studies" say to parents to make them worry more. My daughter has slept on her stomach and her sides since she was born and has had no issues at all, if parents are that concerned they can actually purchase breathing alarms for pretty cheap to ease their minds. How on earth did we all survive when we were infants and we slept on our stomachs?? But its everyones own personal opinions on how to raise their children, its all really what works best for that child.

snshyne52 |

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I am sure not all babies tend to sleep in the same manner. Some babies may need more time or more help from their parents when it comes to falling asleep well. I like this article which touches on how to make a baby sleep. With CPAP supplies babies can fall asleep much faster.

J3nnYCP4p |

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My son is 5 1/2 weeks old, and is breastfed. There are nights when he's up every 2 hours, nights when he's really fussy and nurses for what seems like 4-5 hours straight (there's burping, rocking, soothing and changing in between of course). I also have a 7 year old to keep up with during the day, so me getting sleep is EXTREMELY important. I have to say the nights I've gotten the most sleep are the nights when I laid in bed with him and let him feed while I got some sleep. This has gone on for three weeks now, and it's amazing. I let him feed, and can sense when he's no longer feeding, wake him up to burp him...and then switch sides...after we switch we both sleep for at least 4 hours, which when you're a new mom feels like a full nights sleep! I understand the concerns of co-sleeping, but I did it with my first son, and it's working wonders with this one as well...

brittsara143 |

Q&A: How can I help baby sleep?

I'm a dad and let me say the co-sleeping thing worried the heck out of me at first, but when we did it for the first time, the baby slept so good we've kinda given up on anything else. She sleeps like a rock when in the bed with us and our instincts cement us into the bed as to not roll over on her...we have purchased a co-sleeper and it has been awesome! Our Dr. also said that we should try the co-sleeping technique because she didn't sleep very good the first couple of weeks. Everyone here has their own tricks, people need to calm down with the NEVER CO-SLEEP WITH YOUR BABY OR THEY WILL DIE!!! relax and let people raise their children without your advice.

mgilbert1982 |

Q&A: How can I help baby sleep?

My daughter is 2 weeks old now and we are slowly easing into the routine thing. She is steadily sleeping longer more consistently. We can't really incorporate bath time yet but I do keep the sponging on a routine. She's fed and out of it by at least 10, wakes to eat again around 1 or 2 then again around 5. Getting her back to sleep is sometimes difficult, my husband usually lets her fall asleep on his chest then puts her in her bassinet. at the 5 o'clock feeding he just leaves her asleep with us, cause he gets up for work around 7 anyway. I am considering giving her a little formula after her dinner and before bed time... I have mixed feelings and wonder if it would interfere with my breastfeeding exclusively and her being so young.

jwhbmtlov3 |

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I choose to adhere to the precautions against SIDS. I breastfeed my baby. I had my baby in a bassinet in my room for about a month. I started letting her take naps during the day in her crib (nothing but the blanket swaddled around her in the crib) to get used to it. I was getting really tired of baby waking up in the night and crying when she was just tired. So I put her in her crib at night at about 5wks. I have been teaching her how to put herself back to sleep and although she cries, it's not every time she goes to sleep and if she does, it's not for long. I can hear when she wakes up to cry and I don't answer unless her cry is unusual or she cries for a long time. Most of the time she puts herself back to sleep. I have never slept with her or put her on her tummy to sleep. I have stopped swaddling her and just made sure she was in warm clothes to sleep in. She has been going to bed at 9:30pm, waking up between 3-5 to feed and sleeping til 9am. She is now 7 wks old and just slept from 9pm-6am for the first time (with no middle of the night feeding) last night. It is very hard to let her cry and to get up to breastfeed her but I really believe it is the best thing for her so I make it happen. And it's working.

LeadingLady7 |

Q&A: How can I help baby sleep?

We were doing just great. In our 5 and then 6th month sleeping sometimes through the night or waking up only once. Then the teeth came two small little teeth changed up everything! Waking up every hour wanting sometimes only one ounce of milk. What I did was move the baby monitor ( it has a bright green light ), switched the way he faced in his crib ( he used to face the window even with black out lining on the draperies some light came in ), turn on his baby sounds machine, ( picked the heartbeat sound ), and then I bought ultra aborbend heavy duty night time diapers. Sleeping through the night again!!!

margiejavi |

Q&A: How can I help baby sleep?

After moving to Seattle, my baby had to get use to the various sounds from the nearby road. Sounds of cars and horns startle him and so I decided to buy a white noise machine to help block out the background noises. This helped tremendously. Also, I take note not to place the crib right next to window as well. Birds or leaves that fly and knock onto the glass can easily startle the baby.

JohnMD |

Q&A: How can I help baby sleep?

well i am a young new mom to a wonderful baby boy and he is 18 days old. He doesn't really have a routine yet but he goes to bed around ten after a full feeding, burping, and changing. Then he gets up around two for another feeding then sleeps till around six. We keep him on our room and when he wakes up around two he sleeps in the bed with me on my chest. otherwise he will never go back to sleep. i was very iffy about letting him sleep in the bed with me but after a few days i did it and i love it because i like him to be close to me.

mommahasanewman29 |

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My DD is 4 weeks old and sleeps well during the night (don't hate me) but she will not sleep flat on her back in her crib or play yard. She will sleep in her swing or bassinet (both at a 45 degree angle) but not flat on her back. I've tried putting her to sleep in her crib or play yard slightly on her side but she wakes up shortly after. Any suggestions? Advice?

msgoofie |

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We are having our son in a few weeks and he will NOT be sleeping in the bed with us. It's much harder to get them to sleep alone if they are used to being in the bed with you. I refuse to be one of those parents with a 1, 2 or 3 year old that has to sleep in bed with my hubby and I. His crib and bassinet are set up and that is where he will sleep. But to each his own, my doctors advise against allowing your child to sleep in bed with you and rather than listen to friends or any other non-professional, I will take my doctor's advice and I advise anyone else to do the same. When it comes to things like this, doctors know best!

Edavis1117 |

Q&A: How can I help baby sleep?

@Edavis1117-every single Dr, midwife, what-have-you will have varying opinions. As a mother of two I have come to realize that "Mother knows best!"And your own instincts will serve you better than you would think. And you are right, to each to their own, but for you to advise others on what to do is hypocrisy on your part. You are not a professional, and obviously a 1st time mother, so to advise others is something you should leave alone. When you have your son you will realize that being rigid and set in ways WILL NOT work. You have to be willing to adapt to your baby's needs. Every baby is different and every mother does whatever works for their specific child. My 5 year old, healthy daughter slept with me until she was 4 months old. She was breastfed and when she started sleeping through the night I put her in her crib with no problems. To this day she sleeps alone. Now I have a 5 week old who refuses to sleep alone. So once again, we co sleep. She sleeps so much better next to me and she is fine. For you to say that it is hard to get them to sleep alone once they have slept with you is foolish. Once you have your son you will realize all of your perceived notions are total misconceptions. To be a good mother means following your baby's cues and allowing yourself to mold and adapt to what works. Sure, take your Doc's advice, but don't advise others until you have walked a mile in "mother shoes". One day you will understand!

MommaEmilee |

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I agree with MommaEmilee. I used to say that my baby wasn't going to sleep in my bed and that all went out the window once she got here, now the only place she will sleep either in my arms or next to me on the bed. But I successfully get one nap from her where she will sleep for 1 1/2 hrs in the playpen. But ppl shouldn't judge you for how or where your baby wants to sleep. And my ped. actually encouraged me too let her sleep where she wants, she says this will strengthen our bond.

katrinalmg |

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atreed wit katrinalmg and mommaEmilee. i swore up and down that i would never let a baby sleep with us. but after the nurses put her in my arms to sleep in the hospital the first night she came, i haven't been able to put her down. we all sleep so well with her in our bed. she sleeps 7 hours throughout the night. i would never consider it dangerous now, after doing it. i see now how a mother naturally knows, even in her sleep, where the baby is, not to roll over on her, etc. studies actually show that more babies die of sids in their own cribs, very rarely in a bed with mom and dad. the key is WITH MOM AND DAD. if you are wrapping her in blankets, laying her face down, keeping her over-heated, etc, then the dangers rise. but it is really and truly rare for babies to die of sids when co-sleeping. a side note, juniper is also able to sleep on her own, if we need a break from co-sleeping, as long as she has gotten enough attention and cuddles throughout the daytime/waking hours.

liz.eckel |

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i just wanted to add the fact that families all over the world, stretching throughout the span of human life have been safely sharing beds for as long as humans have been here. mama-cave-dweller didn't need a crib, separate room, playpen, etc to get baby grok to sleep safely. she simply didn't add fluffy pillows and satin sheets to her bed that she shared with dad and baby. i'm not suggesting that we need to sleep with baby, or sleep with them until they are 5, but maybe baby instinctively needs the comfort and soothing during the night. we didn't evolve by letting our baby scream out to predators in the night. we evolved by soothing and protecting the nearby baby. just an opinion, and what works for my family! i know each is different.

liz.eckel |

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My biggest fear is SIDS so my doctor sent me tips to help not let that happen: The following have been linked to a baby's increased risk of SIDS: Sleeping on the stomach Being around cigarette smoke while in the womb or after being born Sleeping in the same bed as their parents (co-sleeping) Soft bedding in the crib Multiple birth babies (being a twin, triplet, etc.) Premature birth Having a brother or sister who had SIDS Mothers who smoke or use illegal drugs Being born to a teen mother Short time period between pregnancies Late or no prenatal care Living in poverty situations While studies show that babies with the above risk factors are more likely to be affected, the impact or importance of each factor is not well-defined or understood. I am due in December but she has her own crib to sleep in.

piglet0717 |

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carlystudd1224--I know that they say to never sleep with your infant, but my son slept with us in the bed for six months before we could afford his crib. SIDS isn't understood very well, and all the things they say not to do aren't clinically proven. If you feel better not sleeping with your baby, then that's ok, but don't criticize others for doing things their way.

bbroussa004 |

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I know I'm not suppose to, but when I'm ready for bed i'll lay my son (who's 4 weeks old) half way on a pillow and leaning towards me. No matter how fussy he is before hand he always calms down and passes out shortly after. I like to believe he needs to lean on his mama to get a good nights sleep.

cupcakebride20 |

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My daughter turned 1 yesterday and is still sleeping in our room. She is in her pack n play next to my side of the bed. She slept in a Fisher Price Rock N Play the first 6 months, and then when she was too big for that she slept in our bed from 6-9 months, in between my husband and I. The only time co-sleeping in the same bed is really dangerous is if either of the parents are under the influence. Instinct keeps you from rolling over on your baby. The only reason we switched my daughter to the pack n play was because she got her first head cold at 9 months and needed to be propped up so we put a wedge in the pack n play and she has slept in that ever since. The best thing I ever heard was "if you were on an abandoned island and nobody ever told you to let your baby cry it out, you wouldn't. You would sleep with your baby". I have never and will never let my child cry it out. How is she supposed to learn that sleep is a good thing if I stick her in a dark room and let her scream until she finally passes out from exhaustion? Our society has things totally backwards.

limetango |

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my son is 1 month-3 weeks, he s very sensitive to my voice it feels lyk he undestand what i always say to him during the night. i knw he dasnt understand wht i say OR mayb sumhow he does understand n knw my voice.if i tok to him before he sleeps he will sleep peacefully but if not he will cry the whole night..so i make sure that i say sumthing to him every night to ensure that he doesnt trouble da person who takes care of him.he drives me crazy and i feel lyk m da only dad in this universe

braidyMoloko |

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I recommend the fisher price rock and play. My baby slept in this after she wouldn't sleep anywhere except on my chest. And that wasn't going to work for me, I was exhausted. Transitioning her out of it was a slow process, but we made it and are back to sleeping through the night. I found that she hated sleeping flat, and I didn't feel comfortable putting her on her tummy until she was able to lift her head and roll over on her own. The rock and play saved my sleep!

mollyallen2 |

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I have a 3 week old and have a bad fear of SIDS. I will start the night with her in her own sleep area but once she needs a feeding I take her out of the room to let my husband sleep and end up falling asleep on the couch or in the glider with my daughter on my chest because if I put her down she cries right away and it's becoming a bad habit of getting her back to sleep how can I get her to go back into her own bed without her crying it out?

JennAngel |

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Our sons been sleeping in our bed without a co sleeper since he was born he is now 9 months and perfectly fine. We turn the opposite way in bed at night and let our son have most of the bed, I don't move at night at all and don't really get into a deep sleep, my body has gotten accustom to this though so every little move my son wakes I open my eyes and look at him, people freak out about this but everyone's different its not horrible to co sleep with baby in bed if your comfortable with it and do it safe. And no I don't get tired I go to bed every night at 9 with my son and wake up at 6 he has belly issues so we wake up at night still but it helps also when I need to breastfeed him.

richards0 |

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I'm so thankful for all the answers! I've been reading a lot and I'm curious how everyone gets their babies to sleep. I've heard some people go as far as buying CPAP Masks for their babies. That seems a little unorthodox to me, but whatever gets the job done I guess.

JohnCarrol |

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I have a "sleep training" post on my blog with tips... we have twins who are great sleepers at only 15 weeks! The most important for us is consistent routine, swaddling, and putting them in their crib still awake so that they learn to fall asleep on their own! You can read more about how we do it: http://nikkieandbabies.blogspot.com/2014/06/sleep.html

NicoleKidd822 |

Q&A: How can I help baby sleep?

we used the sleep sense program and were very successful. DD use to wake every 1-2hrs. Once we started sleep sense she started sleeping through the entire night within the first week. Highly recommend it http://www.sleepsense.net/share.html?p=sleepbabysleep&w=buynow

lovemygirls07 |