My baby is 7th month old now and cannot sleep on her own.
I have tried several method taught by the experts:
- Leave her alone for 5 minutes then come and see her again.
- Stay with her and talk with her when she cries.
- Stay at bed with her by telling story, sing song
- Tap at her shoulder when she started to show sign of tiredness.
The problem is when my baby start crying with the intention that I will carry her and rock, she will close her eye and cried/scream non stop. She even start coughing and vomit. What should I do to make her sleep at her own ?
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Tips To Make Baby Sleep On Her Own
I’m sorry you’re having difficulty in getting your baby to sleep by herself – I know that it can be very hard to deal with.
There may not be a magical solution – but here are some things I have tried and found useful with my little ones…
- First, ensure that she IS really tired and ready to sleep (in other words, don’t try putting her down for naps that she doesn’t really want – some babies just don’t need as many naps as others).
- Try putting her to bed with a piece of your clothing that you’ve been wearing during the day – sometimes the ‘smell’ of mom can be reassuring. Do check the item is safe, though – no buttons, ribbons or loose threads. You could even knot it if it’s a large garment that she could become tangled in.
- Be sure to follow the same bedtime routine every day (we do bath, quiet songs, milk and bed).
- Use a musical crib toy and switch it on every time you put her to bed. I find that it works as a ‘signal’ for sleep and also provides a diversion if baby is still a little too awake.
- See if she has a particular blanket that she really likes. With one of my sons, it took me a while to realize that his tears at sleep time were caused by my putting the wrong blanket on him – there was a particular one he wanted!
- Use white noise – we use a box fan at sleep time and it’s both soothing and drowns out the noises all our other children make!
- Record your voice, maybe singing softly or talking soothingly and play it back to baby in her crib.
- If all else fails, you could try baby wearing. (keeping her attached in a sling so that she will sleep, but you can get on with doing things!).
I really hope that one of these suggestions may help. You can find additional baby sleep tips here.
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