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    Default tips for getting 6 week old to sleep

    are there any tips on getting 6 week old to fall asleep on her own?? I have tried putting her in bed when she shows tired signs and all she does is scream I have tried putting her in bed and patting her all she does is scream unroll I pick her up and rock her to sleep and the she only stays asleep for half an hour I also tried putting her in the swing. She just wants to be held all the time I understand that little babies crave that feeling of being held but there has to come a time when she can start to sleep on her own right??

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    Do you have any other children???

    The easiest way (because I'm a 'path of least resistance' type of Mum.... ) that I found was to take my bubs and lie with them on my bed.... swaddle them up, surround them with rolled blankets so they felt 'snuggled'... then feed and cuddle them till they fell asleep... with them lying on the bed, so that I didn't actually have to disturb them by putting them down....... then I'd sneak away.... or nap myself

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    Quote Originally Posted by OJandMe View Post
    Do you have any other children???
    yes I also have a WILD 2 year old son

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    can you pop her in a carrier and continue your day? My DD only slept in the carrier/pram for the first 6mths during the day. I'm expecting the new bub to do the same so I can continue my day with my toddler.

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    I'm yet to discover if they can!!

    Though, seriously, 6 weeks is so little. I know I tried the whole patting to sleep thing when she was around that age and she did the same thing your DD did. It's became a whole lot more effective (for us) around the 3 month mark.

    What I do now is either pat DD to sleep or lay next to her and feed her and then slink off once she's asleep. Not the best way I know, but the only way I can get things done. The other way we do it is I pop her in the Ergo and she naps in there. As for sleeping past 30 minutes (1 sleep cycle), I go into the room around 30 minutes and wait for her to start stirring and either pat or feed her through it. I don't know how feasible this is with a 2 year old though.

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    I have a 6week old my self and am trying to find ways to get my DD to sleep by her self.
    The best thing found so far is the swaddle suits, she seems to know when I put her in that it's time to sleep.
    some times I need to feed her till she is drousy or stay and settle her other times she will just lay there and slowly fall asleep.

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    When DD was that age (she's 7 months), she was swaddled and I would feed her all swaddled up and put her to bed as she got drowsy. She was actually better at self settling at that age than she is now. I didn't swaddle my first born and I can clearly see the difference it made.

    DD slept for much larger blocks of time as a newborn (up to 7 hours). It got too hot to swaddle over summer and she has been in sleeping bags since and her sleep has never been as good as back then, sadly. But yeah, for newborns I'd definitely recommend swaddling.

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    Dr Harvey Karp's DVD the happiest baby is great for babies under 12 weeks. For us a swing worked really well at that age

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    trying to develop a sleep eat play routine is very difficult when I have a cat napper who only sleeps 15 or 20 mins!! she can't have a bottle every 15 mins lol

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    Dr Karp doesn't suggest any routine - just the 5 's's'. Swaddle, side (hold them on their side when rocking / swing to sleep), swing (or rock - quite vigorously), shush ( or use white noise) and suck (not all babies need this). In combo I found my DS was asleep in minutes when she was under 12 weeks. Her awake time was very short - just 50-60 minutes, and if I missed her tired signs she would catnap. When she catnapped, I started to leave her in a baby swing in the corner in the same room as us and she would stay asleep, or I would pop her in the baby carrier. When she was 4 months we started hands on settling in bed, before that it didn't work for her. If you can borrow his book from the library, makes the newborn stage and what it is realistic to expect make so much more sense. Good luck


 

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