I think that routine is the key.
I was terrified of going from the bassinet to the cot when DS was really little as we would rock the cot to settle him then walk out until he was unsettled again. We had been doing a bedtime routine and had a bedtime of 7 since he was about 2 weeks old but he would take some time and many resettles to get to sleep until he was about 3 months. It coincided with when I started a daytime routine but I think it was coincidence but one day I put him down and walked out and he was asleep 2 minutes later and that was it, every nighttime since then I just put him down, say goodnight and kiss him and he goes to sleep no dramas. It was as though he just realised what the routine was!
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12-07-2013 23:05 #11
13-07-2013 13:05 #12Senior Member
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Wow!! Thank you so much ladies,all the responses have been fantastic!!
We don't use a dummy. I started a bedtime routine this week too. Book (same each time), boob, and cuddle while singing twinkle twinkle. I like the idea of saying the same thing to her each time too.
I'm definitely going to try some of your suggestions! Rocking her actual body sounds like it could work. Over tiredness during the day could be a problem too. She only naps for 30-40mins so I feel like she's tired quite a lot. I love the idea of implementing a daytime routine, but at the same time I don't like the idea of waking her at a set time each morning (I feel she'll wake when she's ready). Such a dilemma!
Thanks again! Hopefully our transition to the cot goes relatively smoothly!
14-07-2013 20:06 #13
1.) not happened to any of my babies
2.) see above
3.) can't say my babies have been "tricked" but this is an interesting point considering she encourages dummy use to stretch small babies between feeds when they get hungry at the 3 hour mark
4.) sucking was not hard for my babies
5.) maybe if the dummy is in 24/7
6.) this is only for continuos use, not just sleep use
7.) if you know your baby's cries, as Tizzy suggests people get to know, this is a non-issue
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14-07-2013 20:49 #14
14-07-2013 22:30 #15
Having a day routine doesn't mean you have to wake her in the morning either. You'll find once you have a rough routine in place, your DD should start waking at roughly the same time each day anyway. They aren't for everyone, but a routine works for me and my boys thrive on it
15-07-2013 08:10 #16Senior Member
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It's interesting, after three terrible days, her naps were too easy yesterday. She went down to all of them either by herself or with very minimal forehead stroking/shushing. It wasn't anything I'd done I don't think. Although I did put her into bed as soon as she started looking a little glazed (before any yawning started). After 3 months I'm still amazed by how different each day can be.
15-07-2013 09:18 #17
It's wonderful when they start sleeping properly (not catnapping). You get so much more done while they are down!
It also makes implementing a daytime routine much easier, as you'll quickly get to know rough times that bub will sleep each day. Of course every day is different, but I find it so much easier to make plans for my day when I know the typical sleep times of both my boys
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