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my 4 week old wont sleep unless in holding her

She will fall asleep and as soon as i lay her down she wakes up within 5mins no matter what time of day! I need to know if there is a way to break her of this habit?

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Asked by ally12345 at 4:41 PM on Jun. 27, 2009 in Babies (0-12 months)

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  • You could stick with what you are doing, eventually she may sleep a little longer then a little longer. Or, you could try holding her longer or for a shorter amount of time before laying her down. My daughter had (and still has) to be held to sleep, and once asleep for 10 min I could lay her down. Any longer than 10 min or any shorter, she would wake up. Good luck.

    Answer by Love2BMommy77 at 5:06 PM on Jun. 27, 2009

  • let me start by saying im a STRONG believer in children sleeping on their own and falling asleep on their own, but with both my boys until tey were around 3 months old, and i was breastfeeding, i jsut slept with them, not in a bed but lounged in a recliner, after 3 monthe i started putting them down, and letting them cry for a bit, after about a week they were alseep in their own beds all night, if you want more from em jsut pm me!

    and congrats on the babe!

    Answer by 2cuteboysrmine at 5:16 PM on Jun. 27, 2009

  • Your baby is still a newborn. You can't really start any bad habits before 6-8 weeks. Just savor this time and when she's 7 weeks old, start trying to lay her down when drowsy, lay a hand on her chest, and then slowly remove it. Do that over and over until it starts to work. But, right now she's just too young.

    Answer by ThrivingMom at 5:28 PM on Jun. 27, 2009

  • my 6 month old daughter does the same thing so i know how you feel...

    Answer by New_Mommy09 at 6:01 PM on Jun. 27, 2009

  • Your baby has barely been in this world for a month, have patience. Baby is making a HUGE transition from womb to world, and you are what he has always known.

    Hold your baby, as much as is needed.

    Answer by Arkaidy at 7:55 PM on Jun. 27, 2009

  • i jsut slept with them, not in a bed but lounged in a recliner

    That is very dangerous there is a proper safe way to co-sleep that is not one of them.



    Answer by Anonymous at 8:06 PM on Jun. 27, 2009

  • Enjoy this. Your obnoxious 13 year old will sometimes not want to be on the same planet as you....

    Answer by rkoloms at 9:53 PM on Jun. 27, 2009

  • Make sure you are swaddling her well so she feels cacooned. It's ok, if she cried of fusses for a few minutes when you put her down. With my DS, a few seconds just seemed like forever and I would pick him right back up, wish I had been more patient.

    I actually started putting DS in his car seat to sleep, he slept so much better and then I could some rest. I felt so so guilty when I did this but now 20 months later, no harm was done!! Good luck.

    Answer by Marti123 at 11:23 PM on Jun. 27, 2009

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