August 15, 2008

Any mommies with advice?

Posted in Uncategorized at 9:37 pm by bitsypieces

For some reason, Baby (now 5 weeks old) fights sleep.  I’ve tried a lot of different soothing techniques, and none are foolproof.  Most work some of the time, but nothing works all of the time.  Here’s a breakdown:

  • Playing “SexyBack” and dancing with Baby: This works about 30% of the time.
  • Giving her a binky: 40%
  • Holding her and swaying: 40%
  • Putting her in the swing: 50%
  • Swing and binky: 60%
  • Rocking her in the car seat: 30%
  • Bouncing her in arms: 50% (but only Hubby can do it right)
  • Swaddling, shushing & swinging: 5% (The “classics” just never worked for us)
  • Feeding: 60% (unless she’s full)

It’s basically a matter of trial-and-error to find out which method will get her down for a nap or the night.

Our big problem is that if she gets soothed and dozes off in her swing or carseat or our arms, she will immediately awaken as soon as I put her in the crib.  How do you keep a baby from waking when she’s placed in a crib?  Alternatively, how do I soothe her while she’s in the crib so that she falls asleep in the right place?


1 Comment »

  1. Tiffany said,

    The awful trying to get baby to sleep so mom and dad can get some sleep. What about having her sleep in your bed? I know some people hate this (me being one) but if it works, it works. Mikayla slept in her carseat until 9 months old (but this won’t work for you) and Lily – well she is her own baby. At 5 weeks she was a good sleeper, I would swaddle her and she would go to sleep in her crib, but when she woke up I would have to put her to sleep in her swing. Now at 6 months she is swaddled loosly and she wakes around 11:30, 2:30 and 5:30 – let’s just say I am tired.
    Mikayla was a great sleeper at 6 months.

    My only suggestion is to try your bed since you have tried everything else. I was just thinking are you waiting too long to put the baby down – as in she is overtired? Try getting her nap or sleep every 2 or 3 hours. Such as let’s say wake up at 6am, eat, play, etc… nap again at 8am, and then repeat.

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