Getting Babies To Sleep

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wannababyboy - February 16

Okay my boys will be 7 weeks on Sunday. My fiance and I always feed a baby then snuggle them, then put them to bed. Now I know that is a bad habit but now I cannot break them of it. They do not want to go into their cribs awake, if they are even a little awake they freak right out. What should I do to teach them that they are going there to sleep? I know its my own fault for rocking them to sleep or cuddling but now I need to fix the problem. Any suggestions?

 

Rhiannon - February 16

They are still young and very moldable. I had the same problem. It took a couple of months to fix, but we did. A solid bedtime routine really helped. I know I say that a lot, but I have amazing sleepers and I credit it to the routine. I also used the time when they were awake in thier crib to put away laundry in thier room. I was still there and they eventually fell asleep on thier own. Don't worry. I barely rememebr the first 3 months. And at around 6pm, I would get so jealous of everyone I knew who was about to have a night. It is a challenge with 2 and at times you will feel so stretched that you can barely move, but it does smooth out. Don't worry too much about breaking the habit. Maybe start trying to break the habit gradually, like 2 or 3 times week.

 

wannababyboy - February 16

So what is your bedtime routine? Do you bath every night?

 

Rhiannon - February 16

Hi again. They are 6 months now, so the routine has evolved. At about 6 we got upstairs and talk and sing for about 15 minutes. It puts them in a good mood for the tortures that follow. Then every night it's a bath, but we only wash every second night. Sometimes it's just a dip and rinse. Then they get changed and they split a bottle. They will get tired at this point because they have been up for almost 3 hours. And then they go into thier cribs awake, but sleepy. I have been doing this routine by myself for about 2 months now because my dh works 15 hour days. Once you get into the routine, it gets easier. To be honest with you, it took awhile for them to get used to the routine. I have only become comfortable with bedtime in the last 2.5 months. But don't give up with the routine because for me it has worked out so well.

 

nickie13 - February 16

baby music works for me.My baby she 4 months she always wakes up before i get her in to bed so i but the music on and it works. somes times she might freek out but that usally its gas.

 

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