I am a 17 year old mother who has a newborn that i am raising on my own because my fiance is a truck driver and his biological father is in the military and I need some help my son is 4 months old and I have so much trouble getting him to sleep. He doesn't cry much but he loves to be awake because my mother likes to spoil him and constantly hold him no matter why I say any way I need advice on what would work to help him sleep I've tried everything except letting him cry it out because his cry breaks my heart and I feel horrible any advice? Please I'm desperate!?
My son was always a nightmare sleeper, even now, at 2, he can still get up in the night occasionally. I used to have to hold him till he fell asleep, and co slept for much of the time. I can't do CIO or CC, it's just not for us, so I gradually weaned him off by sitting next to him in the cot and holding his hand, then just sitting and not holding his hand, and gradually edging out until at 2 years I bit the bullet and started walking out and had to keep putting him back in bed.
I have used both CC and COI, but only after 6 months. We used white noise for a while, but at 4 months it might be a bit too late for it to work, I have swaddled at even 7 months and played lullabies, do you have a cot mobile?
My LO hasn't really been poorly with a cold etc so I'm not sure, but when he's teething he can be up lots during the night screaming, when he does I try him with a bottle, cuddle him and play lullabies, normally he's back to sleep within 5-10 minutes
We co sleep now as CIO was just too hard for me, I let Michael fall asleep beside me and sneak out when hes asleep (put rails on bed or stack pillows to prevent falling lol)
Hope you both get well soon
I was 18 when I had my son. He was an AWFUL sleeper. He just wanted to be awake and play. To get him to sleep, the only thing that EVER worked was a pacifier, and swaddling him tight. It would be tight enough that he couldnt get out, but loose enough so he could still breath lol. I would hold him while swaddling him and rock him. He would fight for a few minutes, but i would just whisper his name in his ear, and continue rocking him. He would tire himself out from fighting, and then just fall asleep. Dont worry, I got a Dr. consent before I swaddled him so I would not do it too tight, I was taught well, plus I used to be a daycare teacher for infants, and thats how most of them fell asleep. Also, I heard keeping them on a VERY strict sleeping schedule really helps.
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