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    Default How to get 4 week old to sleep in the cot?

    Unless he is put there asleep nothing works getting him to fall asleep in the actual cot (or swing or day bed).
    If you put him down while he is asleep he wakes up 10min layer cos he is not in my arms/on the boob anymore. Its so frustrating!!! We swaddle him but doesnt help,he wants to be held and cries if u put him down awake... I just spend the the day trying to get him to sleep! The only time he sleeps for long stretches is when its dark during the night and even then i have to rock/nurse him to sleep. Im starting to think he will be like this forever cos im creating a habit/sleep association...

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    Block out curtains in his rom and elevate his mattress slightly just in case he is getting a bit of reflux. Four week old babies just lIke. Being close to you. A sling would probably make. Life easier during the day. Try not to worry about forming habits at four weeks...far too early for that!

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    He's spent nine months being a part of you and is probably just adjusting to being away from you. I agree that you shouldn't worry about creating habits, just enjoy your sweet baby . (and a manduca or ergo or something will probably make your life a lot easier, I know I love my manduca

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    It's too early for them to form habbits at this age. That only comes much much later.

    At 4weeks he/she is still so small and they really just want to be by mum.

    I used to have a similar problem with DS. Most days he would sleep ON me during the day. I'd make myself comfortable on the couch and sometimes sit there for 3 hours!!

    It's not like that forever though.

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    Definitely too young to form habits. I remember my SIL trying to get her newborn to sleep in the cot and how exhausting and traumatic it was for both of them until she just decided to go with the flow. From 3 months everything gets so much more settled and easier. I know that seems like forever away at the moment, though

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    Ok I am going to assume you don't want to nurse baby for sleeps ... Or are unable to sit there and nurse a baby for 3 hours ... Not judging ... I was the same!!
    I would put a toy on the side of the bed, lots of colours and patterns for baby to focus on while going to sleep.
    Make sure baby is not overtired before going to bed - 2nd sign of being tired - yawn, rubbing eyes, jerky arms/legs. (so see two of these things and in to bed)
    Wrap baby.

    This will be controversial for bh ... My dd had severe reflux she always slept on her side with something in front of her to stop her rolling on tummy ... So my final suggestion of all else fails would be to put him on his side pat his bottom till he is asleep or relaxed when he is asleep roll him on back.

    I honestly think if you can get him into bed a bit earlier he should go to sleep

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    I rocked my son for the first few minths.... It didn't last long, don't worry about it becoming a habit. Hes 4 weeks old, he needs his Mum.

    I know it's tough but noone ever said having a baby was easy :-)

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    Quote Originally Posted by SAgirl View Post
    It's too early for them to form habbits at this age. That only comes much much later.

    At 4weeks he/she is still so small and they really just want to be by mum.

    I used to have a similar problem with DS. Most days he would sleep ON me during the day. I'd make myself comfortable on the couch and sometimes sit there for 3 hours!!

    It's not like that forever though.
    When did it stop? just wondering when do they become more independent and learn to stay by themselves for a bit...

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    Every child is different, some are very clingy, some are not. We were attachment parenters so we rocked, bounced, held, did whatever we needed to in the early few months :-)

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    My first slept through the night at four weeks, my second was a year old. My second wouldn't sleep away from me until over a year. It is hard to see clearly when you are sleep deprived, but they will be pushing you away and wanting to be independent in due course. Try to savor it while you have it as you will regret not making the most of that very special connection when they are teenagers telling you where to go! :-)


 

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