I'm new to the baby club section of BnB.
My baby doesn't want to sleep in her bassinet. She seems to only want to sleep with me. I am far too scared to co-sleep...I woke up one morning thinking I had her in the bed with me (I didn't!) and thought I'd suffocated her. It was the scariest moment of my life, and since then, I just cannot bring myself to co-sleep with her, no matter how sleep deprived I get.
Does anyone have any tips on how to get a baby to sleep in their bassinet? We've tried swaddling her and also giving her a pacifier (dummy). She loves the pacifier, but the problem with that is it falls out of her mouth every 5-10 minutes, and she cries.
Please help, I need sleep!!
sometimes i let my LO fall asleep in my bed then I move her once she's fast asleep (wait 15 minutes or so). I've found if i have her asleep on a folded up towel then move the towel and her to the crib she stays asleep better than if I just move her alone.
Bobby would never sleep on his back, he could be fast asleep on me and as soon as I'd put him down he'd wake up, even tightly swaddled. We found he was a tummy sleeper, which some people are uncomfortable with, but it was the only way he'd sleep.
You can also get co-sleep cots at toys-r-us that go in the middle of the bed and so then baby is nice and close but protected.
Or you can try warming the bassinet with a heating pad and putting something that smells like you in with her
Fin refused to settled in his basket. I put a rolled up blanket either side of him and the muslin we used for his last feed in too and now he settles like a dream.
I also gently wind him on my shoulder after the feed (just rubbing...no patting) and he falls asleep on my shoulder before I genty put him down.
At night I try and keep him settled once he's gone so I get him up as soon as he whimpers if he's due a feed... I don't let him get worked up and cry. I also don't stimilate him at all so he's still in sleep mode after and goes back down easily xx
I used to put a warm hot water bottle in to warm up the blankets and mattress and just before I popped her in, whip out the hot water bottle, lay down sleeping baby. Worked for us. Good luck! Congrats on wee one!! Xx
We sleep so well together. He's slept with us pretty much since day 1, it's SO much easier if you are breastfeeding.
If you can somehow conquer your fears over breastfeeding and read up on how to do it safely, it really may save your life .. it did mine, and believe me i was very anti co sleeping when i was pregnant!
Don't worry about making 'bad habits' either, your baby is too young. Remember, they spent 9 months inside you being comforted and kept warm, no wonder they get unsettled when put in an empty basket x
I co-slept w mine for 2 weeks because he refused to sleep in his basinet. But once I started feeding him enough he went right down in his bassinet and slept for hours. I think it had something to do w him being hungry and also so new out of the womb, the first two weeks most babies are really needy, everything is so new and scary to them.
Evey was exactly the same and for the first 5 and a bit weeks we co-slept, last weekend we were away in a hotel so I tried her in a travel cot thinking it woildn't work.... but it did! so now I warm her crib up with a hot water bottle, put the top i've been wearing in the day in her crib and put her down when she's fully asleep. I now get 5 1/2 hours out of her before she wakes up!!!
Thanks so much for the advice ladies I keep trying to put her in the bassinet, and last night she actually slept in there for a couple of hours, which was great! It was a step in the right direction anyway.
As for co-sleeping, I am working on getting over my fears, but it's difficult. I think that's the only way I'm going to get any sleep though! I've done a lot of reading on how to do it safely, so I know she'll be okay...I just need to get over that scary moment I had...
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