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Old 12-04-2012, 06:29 PM   #10
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Re: Sleep training

Ok, I think I used the term "sleep training" wrong. Thank you ladies for not jumping all over me. I'm not trying to get her to sleep for a long/extended time or even at certain times/routine, etc. I just want her to be able to be laid down to sleep without her screaming. The daycare lady has 3-5 other kids at any time and won't always be able to hold/rock her to sleep.

Melinda - What you're saying is pretty much what I meant by "sleep training" - laying her down to sleep while still awake and soothing every 5 minutes or so if needed. Moreso just developing good sleep habits I guess. The problem I'm running into is that when I try that route, 25+ minutes after I lay a sleepy baby to bed, she's still crying. Obviously that's not working for any of us. I am not a fan of cry it out - we didn't do it with ODD and I don't plan to with this one.

She is swaddled and her bassinet is inclined. She wakes to feed every 1.5-2 hrs. I think the most she's ever slept was 3 hrs, so that's not a concern. We play during the day and keep the nighttime dark/quiet to help her differentiate the two. It's that "putting to bed awake" that's the problem. Last night, for example, she woke at 3:30 to feed. Ate well then fell asleep in my arms. I held her for 5-10 extra minutes to make sure she was asleep. 5 minutes after I lay her in her bassinet, she was wailing again (and I'm not talking about fussing, squiggling around - those sounds I ignore - this is loud, face turning red screaming). So I rocked her back to sleep... same thing. Over and over. 5:30 rolled around and it was time for another feeding. It wasn't until 6 that she finally stayed asleep when I lay her down.

I'm personally not comfortable with co-sleeping. We may have to try moving her to her own room and see if that helps. And get a white noise machine for big sister. I'm really just trying to figure out how to do the "put to bed while still awake" without stressing us both out. We have a mobile over the crib in her room. That may hold her attention until she falls asleep but then would she rely on that for falling asleep?
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