DD is 14 weeks and goes to sleep on her own about 50% of the time. I watch for tired cues and try put her down when she's tired but not over tired.
The other half of the time she won't have a bar of that so I breastfeed or cuddle her to sleep.
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27-04-2014 17:12 #12
Oh my 18 month old has self settled on his own accord, it was a very natural transition. He was fed and cuddled to sleep every night (sometimes it was a 2 hour fight in my arms). One night I was really frustrated and put him in his cot so I could breathe for 2 minutes and make him another bottle. I gave him his bottle in his cot and he happily rolled over afterwards and fell asleep. Tried it the next night and it worked again.
He now has his bottle with me then goes in his cot happily. Any other night until that point his cot was seen as a torture chamber.
No training needed, no shutting the door while he cries... He did it when he was ready.
27-04-2014 19:04 #13
We began trying self settling techniques at 6 weeks without any trouble but she only really began to self settle after we went to sleep school at 6 months. She is now 12 months old and we put her down, give her the sleep toy, say night night and walk out. She waves, then chats to her toy for 15 mins or so and goes to sleep. She sleeps 8pm-8am. I'm a massive advocate of sleep school. It saved us.
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27-04-2014 19:42 #14
I still cuddle my 3 year old to sleep. Self settling didn't work for us.
28-04-2014 20:37 #15
As you can see OP, the age really does vary based on the responses here.
Some self settle very early, others much later.
Only you will know what will work for your bub through trial and error.
My DD was 7 months old, but she had undiagnosed silent reflux which was medicated at 5 months old.
Does it bother you that you're having to help her to sleep? If not then let it happen naturally but be prepared it could very well take years.
Also the older they are, the harder it is to teach. So two important things to remember before you decide to sleep train or not.
And don't worry there are gentle ways if teaching a bub to self settle, so don't think its either CC/CIO or having to rock or feed to sleep, there are options in between that are quite successful.
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