how do you all get your young ones to sleep? i may be remembering wrong, but i thought i would just nurse my ds1 (now 7years old) to sleep. my new ds2 (2 months old) seems to require a well-timed combination of walking him around with a bounce in my step and then at the right time quickly popping him on the breast while i continue to hold him and walk with a bounce in my step. if i try either just the breast or just walking him around there is often screaming. i was feeling totally incompetent until i discovered this 'formula' - now i'm mostly just tired (but with a lingering twinge of feeling incompetent). anyone else out there have a challenge to get to sleep? might this get easier with time? thanks!
My son is 9 weeks and doesn't nurse to sleep like my DD did (that was my fail safe with her, and the only thing she wanted most of the time). I was at a total loss with DS, and have sort of figured him out: At night: swaddle, boob until he settles, then quickly onto my shoulder with a blanket on his head to shield his eyes, and bounce...all while playing white noise. Daytime: in Moby and walk/bouncing or on exercise ball with white noise (although he doesn't seem t be sleeping as long this way anymore).
You're not incompetent...it jut takes a while to figure them out. I think it get easier in that you know your baby better and what their little signals mean, but at the same time, I know that once I think I have it all together he's going to decide that he needs something different and figuring out what the heck it is starts all over again!
Mama to F (3/09) and S (3/11); and never forgetting my babe gone too soon (4/10).
- full tummy
- swaddle, tight, if they think there is a chance they can get free they will drive themselves to a tizzy working at it
- pacifier, repeat to self "they're not evil"
- swing, with vibration, vibration is baby crack as my mom so smoothly phrased it
my twins have sleep wonderfully like this for all of their 5 months. i make sure they get lots of "me" time and i carry them around a lot, but i worked hard right from the start for sleep to be the time they were set down. if i hadn't the logistics of twins would have destroyed me
So what if I don't fit cleanly into a defined parenting style, my kids don't fit into a personality archetype either!
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