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Old Apr 24th, 2011, 03:51 AM   1
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Settling baby to sleep after night feeds


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So last night LO took between 45mins to an hour to go back to skip after a feed. Any tips on how you get them to settle sooner?



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Old Apr 24th, 2011, 04:01 AM   2
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I don't try to get Fran to sleep before putting her down. When I used to do that she always woke up straight away and I would spend hours trying to settle her - I would end up in tears through tiredness and frustration!

Then I realised that she never cried and was happy to just lie there so I started to put her down straight away after a feed and just turn the light off. She fusses for a few minutes but eventually drops off to sleep by herself.



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Old Apr 24th, 2011, 04:06 AM   3
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We've decided to try this tonight. Sometimes we do this but it's not always successful so maybe doing it everytime will encourage him to settle himself.

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Old Apr 24th, 2011, 04:30 AM   4
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How old is your LO? From birth until now really, if Nate wakes, and needs resettling, I just rub his bum and his back gentley and softly go 'ssshhhhhhhhhhh' to get him back to sleep (although, in the beginning when he didn't sleep on his front, I would just put my hand gentley on his tummy or gentley stroke his cheek and shhhhhh).



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Old Apr 24th, 2011, 04:34 AM   5
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He's only 4 weeks so on his back at the moment (though we'll all sleep much better when he's on his front. Helps with his reflux)
I think he'll defo need some comforting and doing it when he's already down sounds ideal. Ssshing also works for him so will try this too

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Old Apr 24th, 2011, 05:07 AM   6
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I agree try just putting back to bed awake after a feed. For the reflux though you might want to hold him upright for 10 mins first and also prop the head end of his bed up at a bit of an angle.



 
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Old Apr 24th, 2011, 05:14 AM   7
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Hes back in his basket which we've elevated at the mo which helps and we do keep him upright whilst winding him for at least 10 after a feed so will just try put him straight down when we're finished with that. Thanks x



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Old Apr 24th, 2011, 05:15 AM   8
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For the first 4 weeks of her life, I cuddled her back to sleep, it would take 3 hours... Then I realised, if I just put her down on her own after a feed, she goes to sleeping within 10 minutes! Silly me.



 
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For the first 4 weeks of her life, I cuddled her back to sleep, it would take 3 hours... Then I realised, if I just put her down on her own after a feed, she goes to sleeping within 10 minutes! Silly me.
It's amazing how we try too hard isn't it???? lol!

Fran's basket is on a rocking stand so if she doesn't settle within a few minutes I just reach out and rock her gently without turning the light on just to calm her down a bit.

I find the less interaction I have with her the better and it's amazing how quickly she nods off once the lights go out.

We started putting her up to bed on her own last Tuesday and using the monitor rather than taking her up when we go up and because she can self settle we have had no problems so far. It's just taking things one step at a time - we are attempting dream feeding too in the hopes she will eventually start sttn - she goes a bit longer each night so fingers crossed!!



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For the first 4 weeks of her life, I cuddled her back to sleep, it would take 3 hours... Then I realised, if I just put her down on her own after a feed, she goes to sleeping within 10 minutes! Silly me.
It's amazing how we try too hard isn't it???? lol!

Fran's basket is on a rocking stand so if she doesn't settle within a few minutes I just reach out and rock her gently without turning the light on just to calm her down a bit.

I find the less interaction I have with her the better and it's amazing how quickly she nods off once the lights go out.

We started putting her up to bed on her own last Tuesday and using the monitor rather than taking her up when we go up and because she can self settle we have had no problems so far. It's just taking things one step at a time - we are attempting dream feeding too in the hopes she will eventually start sttn - she goes a bit longer each night so fingers crossed!!
Yea it really is lol. Trial and error eh?



 
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