(Closed) Attachment parenting questions

posted 9 years ago in Babies
Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

we co-slept with all (7) of our children. They all moved into cribs at around 1 year old with no problem. Your baby probably goes to sleep faster next to you because of a) warmth and b) hearing your heartbeat. If you are dead set against co-sleeping try swaddling her for warmth and try a whomb box for white noise.

Post # 4
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

Baby Smushface did this too. He would fall asleep nursing or in our arms during the day but when we put him down to sleep at night he would grunt a LOT. He eventually grew out of it.

We were swaddling him so perhaps part of it was him adjusting to being constricted (since we only did it at night). We never did co-sleeping because I thought it was safer for him to be in his own space (especially since my husband has accidently smacked me in the head while sleeping).

Post # 5
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Bee Keeper

A white noise maker helps a lot.  I got one that has womb sounds and heatbeat sounds.  DD seemed to bed down faster and easier with that.  We also figured out that she wanted pressure on her body in a certain way.  We would nudge her favorite stuffy against the top of her head.  If we forgot she would often wake up right away.  Those two things and the swaddle were essential from 6-9 months to get her to stay asleep alone in the crib.

I think it is a trial and error thing.  Try a swaddle.  Try the white noise.  Try one of those projectors that puts pictures on the ceiling.  Use a brighter/dimmer nightlight or none at all.  Maybe try those animals that glow stars on the cieling.  Maybe your house is too hot or cold, mess with the thermostat.  We kept trying things until we found what works, so I hope you can find something for your LO to bed down easier!

Post # 6
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Sugar bee

My daughter is still getting used to the idea of a crib.  She’ll go in there for naps sometimes now but before she woke up so much when we’d put her in the crib, even with the swaddle.  For us it wasn’t that she wouldn’t fall asleep in the crib it was that she wouldn’t stay asleep.   Momma likes sleep so now she sleeps in a swing next to our bed, I like her in our room but not really in our bed, though she does sleep in there for a few hours sometimes in the morning if she wakes up early.

I’m not sure what it is for her but the crib is probably the worst place for her sleeping – bassinets, her swing, our bed she’ll sleep 7 hours straight since she was a couple weeks old….crib she wakes up many, many, many times during naps or at night, and it’s not a matter of being lonely, even if I’m in the room with her she wake up.

Post # 7
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2009

Many babies prefer to snuggle with mom or dad to falling asleep by themselves in a big, lonely crib, especially during the newborn stage.  🙂  They like the warmth, smell, and sound of you, plus newborns often like the cuddly, cozy feeling of smaller sleeping space.  Definitely it’s your personal preference if you want to snuggle her to sleep at night or if you want her to go to sleep on her own in her crib; if you want to, at this point, you could always let her fall asleep somewhere else and then transfer her to her crib.  Otherwise, just try out different things until you find what is most comfortable for her.

Post # 9
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Bee Keeper

Oh, maybe you and Dad can sleep with the towels for a couple of nights so they pick up your scent.  My DD loves Daddy’s day-old shirts.

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