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Author Topic: Any tips for getting a baby to sleep in a cot?  (Read 2232 times)

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Any tips for getting a baby to sleep in a cot?
« on: 29 April, 2009, 01:34:12 PM »
Our new baby is breastfeeding, and tends to fall asleep on the breast - not a problem when my wife is awake, but potentially dangerous when she is tired.  However, the baby doesn't like being put down in her cot or crib - she can sleep for an hour when cuddling, but only lasts a few minutes in the crib.  Any ideas how we can get her to settle better in the cot?

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Re: Any tips for getting a baby to sleep in a cot?
« Reply #1 on: 29 April, 2009, 02:00:21 PM »
Persistence works - but is quite tiring in the short term.

Swaddling blankets are quite good - wrap 'em up nice and snug and they feel like they're back in the womb. They might settle slightly better if they're tilted a little off their back, too.

Can't remember any other tips...

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Re: Any tips for getting a baby to sleep in a cot?
« Reply #2 on: 29 April, 2009, 05:43:45 PM »
i like the above answers if i can remember that far back with mine we used to use soft music and sounds and let them cry themselves to sleep

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Re: Any tips for getting a baby to sleep in a cot?
« Reply #3 on: 29 April, 2009, 06:14:10 PM »
Babies are very good at knowing how to get attention and will play on your weaknesses to get it.

As long as you make them feel warm and contented when you put them down and if it is possible to get them to hold a piece of bedding with their little fingers so that they feel secure.

When my wife went to the doctors to check if we could do anything to stop the daughter crying. His words were put her in the pram at the bottom of the garden let her cry and for the wife to put earplugs in so she could not hear the crying. With trepidation she tried this minus the earplugs and when the daughter realised crying was not going to work unless it was a distress or uncomfortable cry she settled down and went to sleep

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Re: Any tips for getting a baby to sleep in a cot?
« Reply #4 on: 06 May, 2009, 02:29:56 AM »
One trick that I learnt was draw around the baby's face, using a very, very light touch. It sends them off to sleep in a few minutes. Also, if you speak to your baby, when you settle him/her down, use a calm, soothing, reassuring tone. A baby listens, not to what you say, but how you say it.

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Re: Any tips for getting a baby to sleep in a cot?
« Reply #5 on: 06 May, 2009, 09:33:17 AM »
One thing I caught on Youtube that might help in some circumstances is a hairdryer:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2KKkXWWSe7k

(obviously do not point it at the baby or leave it where the baby can grab it)

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Re: Any tips for getting a baby to sleep in a cot?
« Reply #6 on: 06 May, 2009, 10:13:37 AM »
Ok i personally don't have any experience but what i've noticed in a lot of maternity ward nurseries where the babies seem to be peacefully sleeping is that they were tightly wrapped up and sleeping a little to the side (rather than on their backs).