(Closed) Sleeping problems…help

posted 8 years ago in Babies
Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2007

We used a mini-co-sleeper (by ArmsReach) until DS was 3 months old (would probably work for longer- DS hadn’t yet outgrown it, and he’s big for his age). We bought it used for $25. Might that be an option for you?

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2008

We had to double swaddle at night to prevent my son from getting his arms out.  No jammies so he didn’t over heat, just a diaper and then two of the Aden + Anais swaddle blankets, one over the other.  Occaisionally I’d place a crocheted blanket (so it has a little weight to it) over his feet so he couldn’t lift them as easily.

Post # 5
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2009

Maybe also a velcro swaddle will help?  We used SwaddleMe blankets, but I know other people like Woombies or the Miracle Blanket.  Basically, all of them are harder to get out of than regular swaddle blankets.

I’ve also heard of people letting their newborns sleep in laundry baskets, infant car seats, or swings until the babies are ready to transition to the crib.  Definitely, a lot of newborns like the cozy feeling of sleeping in a smaller space, and many aren’t ready to transition to a crib until they’re a few months old.

Post # 8
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2009

If you’re set on transitioning fully to a crib, I think there’s two different techniques.  One might be the “cold turkey” approach, which it sounds like what you’re doing right now.  You basically just switch over and deal with the lack of sleep until she starts sleeping again. 

The other technique is a delayed transition.  You could, for example, put her in the crib at the beginning of the night and then switch to the travel bassinet in the crib after a certain point (say 2 am) so you hopefully get at least a few hours of continuous sleep.  It may or may not take longer to transition this way, but at least you’d all get a little sleep in there in the meantime. 

You can’t really use any extra blankets, pillows, etc… to make her cozier, but maybe you could set her down in her crib so she’s up against the bars instead of in the middle?  Maybe feeling the slats would make her feel a little cozier, and as long as you don’t have a bumper, it shouldn’t be a suffocation worry.

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2010

We put our daughter in her crib (in our room) from her first night at home.  I vote for the cold turkey approach.  It will require more attention from you for a little while, but I think it should be temporary.

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2009

The crib is probably just way too big for her and doesn’t give her the sense of comfort that she’s used to.  Our 6 week old is currently sleeping in his bouncy in the crib.  The cold turkey approach could work but it’s just not for us since I’d rather get some sleep than worry about him crying and not feeling cozy.

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