Sleep Training Help

posted 2 years ago in Babies
Post # 2
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

Your plan looks good…. the schedule should be based on her natural cues… at 8 weeks I noticed my daugther would no longer nap in a bouncer… I think it was too stimulating.

 

I have heard natural light helps with day naps so I tried to keep her near the windows during the day, but at 8 weeks I tried to keep at least two naps in the crib, it helped a lot. We adapted a nap routine….i.e. condensed night time routine. It really helped. 

I also can’t rock her asleep, she is too sensitive to movement. We try not to pick her out of the crib at all, but will stand there and it is heartbreaking. 

 

It looks like you have a great methodology with the feedings and a really good game plan set up!

Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

How old is the baby you speak of? That may have a pretty big effect on what you should/shouldn’t be doing & why the sleep regressions are happening (some are unavoidable).

Post # 5
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

From what I have read, sleep training is essentially useless before 6 months. There are so many sleep regressions for so many reasons, that are completely natural (but incredibly frustrating). It’s good to try to start introducing good habits now, but I wouldn’t be too rigid with them.

I know with my DD, 4 months was when her sleep went to hell in a handbasket. Up until that point she progressivley was sleeping longer and better, then BAM she didn’t sleep from 4 months ’till 14 months. Just the name of the game sometimes, but it will improve, eventually.

Just try not to get too frustrated or too tied up into a “plan,” ’cause babies seem to have their own ideas.. lol

 

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

it is a long process, but consistancy will help! I agree with you make one small change at a time and then once shes comfortable on to the next! 

I also will admit after her 1st birthday we got black out curtains and they do help. I think the conflicting advice is just because not one child is the same, and no mom is the same. You just have to do what works for you and her. The best advice I got from the peditrician is to develop a plan that worked for my daughter and didnt make me go crazy in the process! 

Post # 9
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

MissTatas:  I would nix the first two personally. You want the crib to be associated with sleep not play. Consistency is important so the goal should be all sleeping in crib not in various places. 

The put down drowsy with patting and shushing worked well for us for her learning to put herself to sleep.

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Post # 10
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

MrsWBS:  I agree.

She shouldn’t learn to play in the crib, it’s specifically for sleep time. 

Post # 12
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

MissTatas:  yeah we don’t even use a mobile! I like to make her crib as boring as possible lol. It’s worked so far! 

I am a sleep at all costs mom so I let my DD sleep wherever she wanted. The transition has to happen eventually so around 5 months (after she had been doing well at night in the crib) we started with naps. She has always been pretty easy when it comes to sleep though. But, I would say you can try crib naps and if she isn’t having it after trying to get her down for a bit you can always move her. Sleep is definitely more important in our house then pushing a specific location for said sleep!

she will get there!!

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