Sleeping problems w/infant?
My son’s four months & he’s been sleeping through the night for a while now, once he’s out he’ll sleep for 5-6 w/out a feeding. The only problem is he has a hard time falling asleep. He rolls over & sleeps great on his tummy but he spits up unless I wait at least an hour after feeding to put him on his tummy so I can’t let him fall sleep like that. He’s also used to either falling asleep while drinking his bottle or being rocked & he sleeps w/me (and don’t judge, I’m a light sleeper & don’t put a blanket on him so we’ve never had a problem.) I’m a first time mom and I have no idea what to try to get him to sleep faster w/out fighting me almost every night. He takes a couple shorts naps during the day (usually only 1/2 hour or so) so I’m thinking it may be that he’s just over tired. Any suggestions would be appreciated:) Also, I’m waiting till he’s 6 months to put him on a schedule to start putting him to sleep in his crib at night.
I’m not judging – my kids all slept in the family bed. It was the only way we all got to sleep!
The best book I ever found is a little book called “French kids don’t throw food”. It has some really interesting ideas.
One thing I would suggest – your baby won’t understand that one day he will be under 6 months, and the next day over 6 months. So when he dozes off now, try him in his crib. Let him get used to it gradually. It will be much easier for all. Babies who sleep with their moms tend to be much more independent and keen to sleep on their own from an early age. Whereas babies who are put straight into a crib, tend to want to come through to mom and dad for years. So just do what comes naturally, and you will get there in the end.
How do I get my infant to sleep in his crib?
During the day he chills with me in the bed or I have him sit up and sleep on my nursing pillow.At night he will wake up every 1-2 hours and I go to get him to calm down by laying him on my chest when he falls asleep I bring him back to his crib h wakes back up then cries!!!
I let my son sleep in the nursing pillow in his bed…he was a colicky baby and wanted to be held to go to sleep…the nursing pillow (i didnt wash very often, so it smelled like me and breastmilk of course) was a comfort to him…he slept in it from 2months to about 6 months and then we move it out and replaced it with a flat pillow…he has been fine ever since.
Or if you are leary about putting the pillow in his bed, take an old t-shirt that you have worn and let him use it as a blanket…familiar smells are comforting for a baby.
How should an infant sleep?
My sister in law has a 6 wk old baby and she sleeps long nights… but there is a debate whether she should sleep on a flat lying bed in the crib…. or slightly upright.. (a towel is sometimes folded underneath to make it a little higher under her head) the reason for this is if she would happen to spit up, it would be easier to come out in this position and it wouldn’t get clogged in her nose or throat at night..
also, she sleeps on her tummy.. she sleeps like this for a good 7 to 8 hrs at night… if she sleeps on her back she wakes up every few hrs..
what is the correct way for an infant to sleep?
NEVER should she sleep on her tummy unless directed by a doctor or she rolls there herself
tell ur SIL shes a six weeker and should be getting up every couple of hours
BABIES SHOULD ALWAYS SLEEP ON THEIR BACK
if she didnt roll that way she shouldnt be that way
and yes an incline would be easier and might make her sleep a bit longer
My co sleeping infant wakes up all night….help!?
My 7.5 month old has slept with me since birth. I love the idea of co sleeping and wish that I could continue it. However, he wakes up a lot…sometimes every hour….and I am so tired from almost 8 months of sleeping only an hour at a stretch. He has done this since birth so it is not just a phase due to teething or growth spurt. He wakes up, needs to nurse himself back to sleep. I don’t mind doing this 2-4 times a night for comfort but 5-10 times? Aaaaahhhh..I am pooped! Are there any co sleeping parents out there that have had this issue and have any suggestions? I have tried patting his bottom,rocking him to sleep, pacifier and other “alternatives” so that he needs the boob less and eventually wakes up less but none have worked. I have tried putting him in a bassinet but he still wakes up just as much and then cries and screams that he is not in bed with me. So, it is even more exhausting then if he is in bed with me- at least I can roll over and nurse. When do co sleeping infants start sleeping better….or do I really need to seriously start considering him going to a crib (and all the crying….and I mean HOURS, not MINUTES….of crying?) I don’t want to do it…I want to co sleep but is there an end in sight to the frequent wakeups? Or, am I looking at these every-hour wakeups for another year? How long should I hold out and hope or is it a lost hope and I just need to put him in his crib and let him cry all night? He eats really well, 3 solid meals a day plus breastfeeding. Please help….I guess I just need reassurance that he will start sleep better eventually or from those co sleeping parents who have gone before me, do I need to fix this NOW?
He takes 2 naps a day….one at 9 AM for 30 minutes…that is all he ever sleeps…..and another at 12 noon for 2 hours…he sleeps that long because I sleep next to him….on the few days I do not sleep next to him, he only sleeps 30 minutes again. Sigh.
Many of the answers are encouraging me to put him in a crib…we have tried that and he still wakes up every hour and cries. We let him cry, it takes another hour for him to fall asleep and then he wakes up again an hour later and this continues all night…..so I don’t know what to do to get him to sleep in his crib and not wake up every hour still and cry? I have tried all the typical soothing solutions.
Could just be that its because he sleeps right next to the snack bar at night, lol Mommy! I’ve had the same problem with my 4 month old son and wonder if it will ever end, it sounds like he’s comfort nursing rather than actually being hungry. I really don’t think you have to resort to putting him in his crib. I’m finding other options for my son to sleep through or wake up only a few times a night and still able to co sleep, because that was really important to my hubby and I. We’re currently reading and practicing the book called “The no cry sleep solution.” Really nurturing ways to teach your baby to sleep through the night without breastfeeding or bottle feeding all night long, and still be able to co sleep. It’s working for us, he’s sleeping longer increments of time, I highly recommend investigating it. Good luck and I hope you get some well deserved rest soon! I know how hard it can be to walk around like a zombie all day
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