How do you settle your baby for sleeps?

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How does your baby get to sleep?

Nurse to Sleep
Rock/Hold to Sleep
Self Settles with a Paci/comforter
Self Settles after Sleep Training
Self Settles with no paci/no sleep training (I got Lucky!!)
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Postby Lindsey » Sun Feb 01, 2009 9:28 pm

We have always swaddled Isabel and held her until she goes to sleep. We're still doing that at 18 months. She used to be rocked in a swing when she was younger.

She has always slept really well thankfully.
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Postby Danika » Sun Feb 01, 2009 9:31 pm

Nurse to sleep. :)

She also wakes during the night for feedings.
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Postby montacki » Sun Feb 01, 2009 9:40 pm

I nurse her to sleep :hb:. She used to sttn until 7 months. Now she usually wakes up once at night.
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Postby Leeza717 » Sun Feb 01, 2009 10:52 pm

I use to rock and hold her until she was sleeping but I didn't want it to turn into a bad habit so we started sleep training at 4 months old. we put her down drowsy but awake and she would eventually fall asleep on her own. at first, we would shush her to sleep and she use to take a paci if she was really fussy

but now we just let her fuss until she falls asleep...because for the past couple of weeks, if we try to pick her up to soothe her or give her a paci, she cries even harder...DP jokes and says it's almost like she's telling us that she can do it on her own
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Postby ChristinaLynn » Mon Feb 02, 2009 8:19 am

I nursed to sleep until about a week ago. We were having major problems with his sleep (like him waking 6 or 7 times a night just for comfort, not to eat) so we are working on getting him to sleep better. He seems to sleep better if I nurse him until he is sleepy and then I lay him down and pat his back until he's asleep. Now he's only waking 3 or 4 times a night and two of those a usually because he's actually hungry.
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Postby krisgirl85 » Mon Feb 02, 2009 8:53 am

I got lucky and just have to swaddle gavin in his swaddle blanket and he will go to sleep on his own. Its usually after a bottle though.
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Postby emoprincesa » Mon Feb 02, 2009 8:54 am

About 2 months ago, i decided to put Ava in the room with Brayden. I fed her the nighttime bottle, laid her in her crib at the same time I put Brayden to bed, turned the music mobile on and she's slept great ever since! We've had our bad nights, but for the most part, she's just a great sleeper (much better than Brayden).
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Postby lealea » Mon Feb 02, 2009 10:46 am

At about 8 weeks we started putting DD down after her bottle, sleepy but still awake. We would play the music from the cot mobile for her to signify it was nighttime (I never play it for naps in the daytime). It took a couple of weeks of having to go in and settle her if she was crying, but after that time she learnt to get herself to sleep. After we had nighttime sorted, I started on daytime naps, putting her in the cot sleepy but awake. Now she's usually alseep wthin 5-10 mins of putting her down (day or night).

She started STTN at about 12 weeks (11.30pm - 6.30am). Now she sleeps 6.30pm - 7.30am.

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Postby NatalieR » Mon Feb 02, 2009 11:43 am

I swaddle & nurse. She still wakes up for a feeding in the middle of the night and usually has to be reswaddled. She goes right back to sleep, thankfully!
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Postby scases » Mon Feb 02, 2009 11:57 am

We give her a bottle and put her to bed awake but dowsy. We have a crib night light that plays music. We turn it on and leave the room. It shuts off after five minutes and she is usually asleep byt he time it goes off. She has always fallen asleep on her own.
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Re: How do you settle your baby for sleeps?

Postby Luv2Skydive » Mon Feb 02, 2009 1:25 pm

luvnbub wrote:Just a poll out of curiosity more than anything else.

I nurse DD to sleep, and generally at naps and bed times it only takes 15 minutes for her to fall asleep. I know that probably at some stage in the future I'll have to help her learn how to self soothe, but for now this works for us as I'm a SAHM and actually enjoy nursing to sleep.

And if you wouldn't mind also commenting on whether your LO sleeps through the night. Thanks!

My DD doesn't STTN, she wakes 1-2 times for a feed.

ITA! I might pay for it later but I love, love, love seeing him asleep on my boob! :hb:
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Postby libby050808 » Mon Feb 02, 2009 3:10 pm

As much as possible I try to put E down awake, and he goes to sleep reasonably smoothly (after sleep training). At night I usually feed him back to sleep - it's quicker, and I'm never sure whether he's actually hungry or looking for comfort.
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Postby Tiffaney » Mon Feb 02, 2009 4:10 pm

I nurse her to sleep (and rock a bit) or until she's really really drowsy and for sure done eating.

up until last Thursday I was waiting until she fell asleep and then rocking her 10-15 more minutes and then putting her in the crib
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Postby Elizabeth80 » Tue Feb 03, 2009 4:57 am

We've had quite a few problems with Naomi's sleep. Yesterday I started moving her bed into a darkened room for her naps, nursing her on the couch in there, then waiting 20 minutes after she pulls off before putting her in the bed. It seems to be working all right.

Naomi is high-strung and her crying can very quickly escalate to panic/hysteria (all while being carried in someone's arms). I don't think sleep training would be for her right now (even the gentler baby whisperer type.) Thankfully her nights are improving, so she wakes up 2-3 times. But she is sleeping a longer stretch--4.5--5.5 hours so that is good. We are putting her in disposable diapers overnight so she doesn't have to be changed, which gets her aroused and harder to resettle.
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Postby MamaCrystal » Wed Feb 04, 2009 2:03 pm

We just swaddle our girls and lie them down. If they are wide awake, we might let them sit in a swing and stare at the mobile, but generally speaking, they just go right to sleep.
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