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Newborn won't stay asleep in bass. or crib

Is anyone else going through this? She did okay with this two nights ago, but for the past two nights we have brought into our bed after about 3 hours of trying to put her back in her bassinet. She'll stay asleep for about 5 minutes then freak out. I don't know if she has gas or what...

I'm worried that she is going to be in our bed till she's 18! I personally am not a fan of cosleeping. DH goes back to work tomorrow and I'm stressed about him not getting any sleep before getting up super early for work :( With dd #2 we had her in her crib after the first week.)

Sorry for rambling - I'm tired. :) Anyway, any advice or words of encouragement would be appreciated. :)

Re: Newborn won't stay asleep in bass. or crib

  • It is totally normal.  There is a physiological reason that he needs to be close to you right now.  Google the 4th trimester for some information on why he wants to be with you.

    We co-sleep and bed-share because that is what the baby likes the best.

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  • I totally get that and have read a lot about that, too. I just know that it's possible (and okay) for them to sleep on their own and am looking for any advice I can get.

    For what it's worth, I don't have anything against cosleeping, I just don't want to do it myself. :)

  • I wasn't a fan of co-sleeping either - until it became the ONLY way to get any sleep at night. I think some babies just aren't ready to be far away from mom until they are a bit older. We transitioned DD into her bassinet at 3 1/2 weeks and haven't had any problems since! Do whatever works for you right now and gets you the most rest :) It will come with time!
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    I wasn't a fan of co-sleeping either - until it became the ONLY way to get any sleep at night. I think some babies just aren't ready to be far away from mom until they are a bit older. We transitioned DD into her bassinet at 3 1/2 weeks and haven't had any problems since! Do whatever works for you right now and gets you the most rest :) It will come with time!

    Thank you :) I guess I just needed reassurance that I'm not dooming myself by having her in our bed a bit longer. It's amazing what you forget from the first to the second! :)

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  • My DD is the exact same way! I had no intentions of co-sleeping but quickly realized that it was the only way DH and I were going to get any sleep. She absolutely hates her bassinet. We're going to bring the bassinet out in the family room today to try naps in there. Hopefully she'll get used to the bassinet over the next couple weeks or so.
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  • My LO did not do well in her cradle in our room.  We put LO in her own room in her crib at about 9-10 days old.  We swaddled her very tightly and she did okay in her crib for a few hours at a time, but it did take a while to get her down.  Adding music and a night light helped us a lot.  I guess my LO needed some noise and a little light, so she felt less alone.
  • Do you swaddle?  That might help.  Have her sleep in her swing, bouncy chair, car seat, etc...I wouldn't do a bouncy chair if I was asleep, but I'd do the other two while I napped.  I know some babies sleep in one of those all night long.
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  • For the first week DD would only sleep in her bouncy seat. 

    We bought a sleep positioner for the crib and she has slept in that for the past two nights.  The first night she slept for 5 hours, the second night she slept for four hours. 

    I think it makes her feel cuddled.  Although she hates swaddling, this has worked so far.  Knock on wood! 

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  • We do swaddle...thank you for the ideas! :)

    I think we'll just keep trying, and I'll cross my fingers that she'll get it. :) I really appreciate the feedback! :)

  • have you tried sidecarring the crib to the bed? I love co-sleeping, but i can see how its not for everyone.
  • We have the same issue with DD2, and had it with DD1. 

    My pedi has told us both times that it's impossible to form bad sleep habits in the first 1-2 months, and that we should just do whatever we need to, to make sure everyone gets the most sleep (i.e., co-sleep).

    We have a "rule of three" that we follow at night. We do our best to get DD2 to sleep in her PnP -- soothing, bouncing, swaddling, music, whatever -- and try that three times. If it works, awesome! If it doesn't, after that we bring her to sleep with us.

    We did the same with DD1 and it took a little while for her to be 100% on her own, but she was ultimately a great crib sleeper.  

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  • I do whatever I need to do to get sleep.  We try the basinette every time, sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't and if it doesn't I happily snuggle with him.  They won't be in bed with you until they're 18!  DS #1 slept in our bed every night for the second half of the night until he was 11 months old.  Now he refuses to sleep in our bed.
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  • We swaddle LO and then put her in a sleep positioner on her side.  She HATES sleeping on her back and even though some family members have suggested tummy sleeping I'm just not ready for that yet.  But she loves to be on her side and feels cuddled and supported in the positioner.  We also leave a soft lamp on and have a noise machine (usually with bird noises or ocean noises are womb sounds).  and she sleeps 3-5 hours at a time at night.
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  • Swaddle and use the miracle blanket.  We had the same problem until we tried this!  I swear it works!
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