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    Just cuddle him and soothe him however he likes. 7 weeks is too young for any crying. He needs mummy.

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    I intend to start trying to self settle at 7 months, until then I put my toddler to bed then sit back and cuddle my 4mo and watch old 90210. She drifts off to sleep in my arms and it's my favourite thing in the world. She sleeps through nearly every night too, I'm very lucky. Don't buy into that whole "if they don't self settle they won't sleep through" nonsense.

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    I think so much emphasis is put on helping a baby self settle but they'll do it when they are ready.
    For both my boys I put them down for their sleeps awake but if they cried I picked them up and fed or rocked.
    Eventually they did self settle around 4-6months and have been great sleepers ever since.
    If they cry it's because they want you. If they go to sleep happily then that's a bonus
    Follow their lead you won't be rocking them to sleep forever.

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    Best advice I was given was that the first three months is the "4th trimester" of pregnancy. Hold, cuddle, feed on remand, wear (if you like) and love your baby. Trying to self settle, sleep through for long periods and feeding schedules don't exist. I know that you are probably tired but I think that adding the stress of trying to get Bubs to self settle is something extra to worry about.

    It'll all fall into place and the lack of sleep and routine will become a distant memory.
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    Quote Originally Posted by parentingrocks View Post
    Thanks ladies !! I think I really needed this wake up call. I know he's little but I didn't know what to try so went with what the sleep consultant suggested- even I do a gentler version of what she suggested she was wanting me to leave him longer!
    Maybe I will reduce to just a minute or two and pick him up when it's more than a grizzle
    i appreciate all the replies xx
    Go with your gut op, obviously you're questioning "advice" given to you.

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    I have an 8 week old and it's only been the last 1.5 weeks that he's falling asleep on his own.

    I've tried since day dot but he just wanted to cosleep. He just didn't get it.

    Then lastt week, he just did it.

    Awake for 1hr 15 min and bingo, he self settled .

    I think just be gentle , if they want kisses and cuddles then go with it , but always try to get him to try by himself as well.

    My kid is not perfect but we seem to be on the right track. This is my 3rd.

    Good luck x


 

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