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    Default Transitioning from bassinet to cot: what would you do?

    My 7.5 month old is a pretty awful sleeper. Day naps are never more than 30-odd minutes (although most of the time she'll self-settle) and if I want her to sleep longer I have to keep her in her swaddle and feed her back to sleep on me; I've tried all the resettling techniques and nothing works on her. Nighttimes, she wakes at least twice usually, and it takes a feed to get her back to sleep. And she's busting out of her bassinet but I'm terrified to move her to her cot, as last time I tried it was an epic fail.

    DH and I decided last night to try weaning her off one of the night feeds. I did manage to pat her back to sleep once (after DH rocked her and tried putting her down TWICE), but the second time she just wouldn't fall back to sleep and I had to feed her after an hour and a half of rubbish. She winds down and seems like she's going to drop off, then just winds herself back up again. It's so frustrating. Anyway... My question is, I really really need to get her into her cot. So what would you do:

    - Chuck her in there tonight and do whatever it takes to get her to sleep there (feeding if necessary)?
    - Try to get her to sleep there tonight using any and every technique except feeding until one of us drops from exhaustion?
    - Or, try to gradually get her used to taking day naps in there first (which as I said was an epic fail last time)?

    Help... We are booked into sleep school, but not til October and she can't wait that long to transition ... and my sanity might not last that long either!

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    Is the bassinet removable? You could put the bassinet into the cot so she still feels secure while in a new surrounding. Try her with day sleeps to see how she goes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by milkymolly View Post
    Is the bassinet removable? You could put the bassinet into the cot so she still feels secure while in a new surrounding. Try her with day sleeps to see how she goes.
    This was going to be my thought exactly.

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    That is what i have done with all my children, and it has worked, although my children never lasted longer then 6-8 weeks in a bassinet before they were pushing themselves to the top. Perserverance is the key

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    The bassinet in the cot is a good idea, otherwise I would pick your first option - transition to cot and do whatever (feed if that's quickest) to get to sleep until bub is used to the new sleeping environment.

    Most babies hate change, so to be honest I wouldn't move her AND change settling technique at the same time - I think that would be too stressful for everyone.

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    Thanks for all the responses so far I ended up putting her in the cot this morning using the same sleeptime routine as I use for the bassinet, except that I stayed quietly in the room where she couldn't see me, and I couldn't believe it but she actually put herself to sleep in about 5 minutes. It only lasted another 10 and then she rolled around for a bit until she got upset, and as expected shushing/patting and rocking her didn't work, but that was more than I'd expected. I'll see what happens tomorrow, but the idea of putting her bassinet inside the cot is a good one, thanks.

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    When our daughter was 6 months we tried to move her, no luck, then tried bassinet in cot... much better!

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    we moved my ds when he was 5mths old as he was just too big in bassenette. I think he liked the extra space! once he was in th cot, we didnt move him back.
    I did a test run for a day nap and that night he went into the cot. We didnt have any issues. We introduced a dummy and comforter when he went into cot.
    For my DD i remember we transitioned her at the same age, but she did not sleep a wink the first night so at 4am i moved her back to her bassenette and she slept. 3 weeks later i tired again and she was fine.

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    I thought I'd come back and update.

    We spent a few weeks getting her used to day sleeps in the cot. It's still a bit hit and miss whether she'll settle in there and she almost never sleeps longer than 35 minutes (she's pulled 2 random 1.5 hour morning sleeps, that's it) but her sleeping in general went to complete **** at the time so I didn't expect miracles. Two weeks ago we had some awesome nights from her - 4 sleep throughs and 3 nights with one wakeup - and I was all set to move her to the cot for nights, and then BAM, a solid week and a half of awful awful nights, sometimes 7+ wakeups. Then last night I figured if she's going to be sleeping so badly in the bassinet anyway I might as well have her getting used to the cot at night, so we chucked her in there and what do you know, she had a much better night (easy self settle, a good 5 hour stretch, then 3 wakeups she resettled easily from). Maybe she was sleeping so badly at night because the bassinet was too small, who knows, but I'm taking it as a positive! Thanks everyone for all the advice.


 

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