And they can start to associate the crib with sleep If they start to cry when you walk away, wait five minutes befor you go back in. Don't pick them up, just calm them down, maybe turn on some music, then go walk away again. This time, if s/he cries wait ten minutes. Keep doing this until s/he falls asleep by themselves. Do the same thing if they wake up during the night. Wait ten minutes, calm them down with out picking them up, then walk away for ten minutes (longer if you can stand it) untill they fall asleep
The first two nights are the hardest, but it really works after a few nights. Your baby just needs to learn that s/he can fall asleep with out your presence. Do not nurse or feed him or her unless absolutly necessary. By this age your baby does not need to eat more than once during the night, though s/he may think s/he does in order to get back to sleep... which keeps you up more.
Do you have a bedtime routine?
at 5:42 PM on Jun. 20, 2008