Post # 1
Okay so my son is exactly 3 months today. He sleeps most if not all of his daytime naps in the swing. He sleeps wonderfully at night in the crib so that is not an issue at all but has a really difficult time going down. Nothing is working. I really think in order to make putting him down easier at night, we need to stop using the swing. I am just not sure how to do that. Any ideas? I currently have a whining 3 month old echoing through the baby monitor as we speak because I put him in the crib. I will try anything.
Things we have tried:
– moving swing into nursery beside crib
– not turning on swing so he gets used to stationary sleep
– moving him from swing to crib after he falls asleep.
– longer bedtime routine at night and shortened version during the day
Post # 3
this may seem stupid but do you swaddle him? Maybe he likes feeling wrapped up and the swing probably feels that way? Just a random thought
Post # 4
@miss.skinner: I don’t know if this will help at all, because I’m currently struggling with my own naptime issues (she’ll only nap in her infant chair that she is way growing out of, and not in her crib)
However, we have NO trouble at night. Maybe don’t do a bedtime routine (even a short one) during the day? DD has a toy that she gets for naptime, and only for naptime. I put her in her chair, cover her with a blanket, give her a binkie and her baby, and that’s it. Does your son have consistent naptimes? It helps a lot, that way, when you see the first tired cue, you can set them up to go to sleep.
At night, we have a 30 minute bedtime routine. We turn off the TV, play calming music, and leave the room. (We leave Dirty Delete in her pack and play.) Then, after 30 minutes, we go in there, change her diaper, give her her bottle, and put her down awake.
She goes right to sleep, probably 6 nights out of 7. Sometimes we even bat 1000.
Also, FWIW, when Dirty Delete was 3 months old, we used the swing like it was a crutch our lives depended on. At that point, she was miserable to get to sleep too. She grew out of that, and grew into her current routine…at about 4/5 months. But in 100% honesty, 3 months was the WORST for getting her down.
Post # 5
He’s so little. Is there any reason to wean him from the swing just yet? My son loved his swing a lot, too, and sometimes napped there. I think what you’re doing is right but don’t see any need for rushing it. By the time he’s 6 months old he should be adjusted to napping in his crib if you keep doing as you’re doing (which is similar to what I did, mainly moving him to the crib after he fell asleep in the swing). Good luck, these things take time and patience. 🙂
Post # 6
@carriejuly: No advice is stupid. I just tried swaddling him again. He has to have his arms out but maybe the swaddling the bottom half of him will help. Fingers crossed.
@Quietserenity: Thank you for reassuring me that 3 months is hard. Sometimes I wonder if its just me and I have done something wrong.
@Sunfire: I know not to expect miracles because he is still so young but I belive the reason why we are having difficiulties getting him down at night is because he associates sleep with the swing and not the crib. If I change his thinking things might get better all around. It is just a painful and tiring process for all. Sometimes its hard to know if what I am doing is right or if I am just making things worse.
Post # 7
We had the SAME issue. My daughter was an amazing night sleeper and a horrible napper and would ONLY nap in her swing but slept in her crib at night. We ended up having to wean her from napping there because she started outgrowing it. She’s super tall, so it happened early on.
What ended up working for us was just putting her in the crib to nap as long as she would (at first it was only 30 or so minutes) and just kept putting her down all day as long as she seemed tired. It took about a week and a couple days of some mild CIO but she broke the habit.
Now she’s a pretty good sleeper all around.
Post # 8
@miss.skinner: ((HUGS)) You’re not doing anything wrong, it really is a tough thing to adjust to, being a new mom. Eventually everything will fall into place, it’s a learning process for both of you – you and your little bundle of joy. 🙂
Most babies do learn to “put themselves” to sleep at around 6 months if handled the way you’re handling him, which sounds perfect. There’s no need to let the little guy cry too much but a little fussing is ok until he settles down (only for a very few minutes, one or two, then comfort and reassure him you’re there, then leave the room again, but never let him feel that you’re not there, because that will make him cry more). My little one (when he was little, he’s 20 now) was never a great napper during the day but slept great at night. They eventually grow out of naps and some babies don’t need them as much. By the time you get the process perfected he’ll be up all day, lol.
Everything will work out just fine! 🙂
Post # 9
honestly your just going to have to go cold turkey babies are extremely adjustable in a day or so (which may sound like an eternity for you) ur LO will change their habit