My husband and I have recently got our 8-month-old to fall asleep without breastfeeding, but she still needs to be rocked and cuddled. I would like to just be able to put her to bed at night and for her naps and have her fall asleep on her own.
How can we do this with minimal crying? I have tried just putting her down, but I tend to give up and get her when the crying escalates too much and I know that doesn’t help.
Oh, and my husband works shifts so sometimes he is not home at night!
Helping 8-Month-Baby To Fall Asleep Alone Without CIO (Cry-It-Out)
How about a two-step method:
Instead of putting your daughter down in her own bed, consider putting her down in your bed and lay down next to her. This way she’ll get used to falling asleep in a bed rather than in your arms.
If you first let her be in your arms for a while, until she is really sleepy and then put her down and lay down beside her, she will probably accept this at least after a while, since mom is still there. After a while, start skipping the rocking all together and just lay down next to her.
Once this works fine, you can start trying to lift her over to her own bed when she has almost fallen asleep in yours.
This method might take a while, but it has worked for my babies when they have had periods of refusing to fall asleep alone.
Being 8 months old, it is not strange that she wants to be close to you, considering the separation anxiety many babies experience at around this age.
Do you think this could work out for you? It might not be as fast as just letting her cry it out, but it seems to me you don’t like that (I agree!). Also, 8-9 months is a sensitive age so I’d recommend a gentle method!
Hope this helps,
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