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so its getting late...and i;m realizing that my 7 week old is still with us out in the living room. he's asleep, in his seat while dad and i have some downtime.<br><br>
is it bad that i don;t put him in our room before we actually go to bedÇ is this going to make him not want to go to bed before we do EVERÇ I know I;ve read about that happening on here.<br><br>
THe thing is I know he needs this sleep. So If I put him down in the room, he is more likely to wake up since i won;t hear him when he stirs just a little. then he will be cranky. (he takes a long time to go to sleep, especially when he;s cranky¡¡)<br><br>
so, what would you doÇ<br><br>
(and i don;t know if you guys are going to be able to see this or not but my computer is typing in the wrong punctuation marks...so sorry for any confusion.<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/eyesroll.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="roll">)
 

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It wasn't till about 12 weeks or so that DS would sleep without being on me but I still needed to be near him. Now at almost 5 mons he will go to bed between 10-11 either with me nursing him or on his own after a nursing and cuddle. DH and I come to bed around 12 pm. Sometimes if he hasn't slept much he will go down for his later nap at 7 and stay asleep with a few sleep nursing sessions before we come to bed.<br><br>
At 7 weeks I wouldn't worry about it. Actually I didn't try to institute any kind of schedule this is just the routine that DS developed on his own with me learning to pick up on his signals.
 

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It took a lot longer than 7 weeks for my kids to get into a predictable evening routine. And I was holding them to fall asleep for a lot longer, so holding them on the couch was fine--I got to watch some TV and they slept soundly. It wasn't til they were older that they slept better with quiet and no movement (not in my arms).<br><br>
There's lots of time to figure out what works for your family, and to make changes if things don't work. I didn't really appreciate that with kiddo #1--they're way more flexible than I thought, but I just hadn't settled into being comfortable with that yet.
 

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When DS' schedule still hadn't settled down, I'd let him fall asleep wherever (usually on me) and then just bring him upstairs with us when we went to bed. As soon as he started falling asleep earlier and around the same time, I started a nighttime routine - going up to the nursery and rocking/nursing him to sleep, then putting him in his crib. When he woke up after DH and I had gone to bed, I'd just bring him into bed.
 

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With ds1, there came a point where he seemed to be kept awake by the lights and activity. I think it was around 4 mos or so. At that point, we started laying him down in a porta-crib in our room with a baby monitor until I went to bed.<br><br>
As he's gotten older, our bedtime routine has changed dozens of times. When I find something that works well, I stick with it until it doesn't work any more. Try not to worry about setting a precedent for the future-- you'll know when an adjustment needs to be made, and you'll find a new routine that works.<br><br>
With ds2, we have started putting him in our room at an earlier age, but that's because he's often disturbed by ds1 fighting his bedtime. Every family is going to be a little different.
 
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