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Mummies, should i leave my baby to soothe herself to sleep?


Arora Valley answered:

Developing the ability to soothe herself to sleep will enable your baby to snooze for longer stretches and put herself back to sleep when she naturally wakes up during the night, allowing her to get the rest she needs to grow and thrive. What's more, self-soothing is an important life skill that will serve your baby well not just at bedtime but also in other situations, such as when she's separated from you at daycare or even when you momentarily walk out of the room. How you can achieve this- First, you need to set a regular bedtime and a consistent routine. A bedtime that occurs at the same time every night will set your baby's internal clock so that she's naturally sleepy at a predictable time. The bedtime routine should happen in the place you want your baby to sleep and include three or four soothing activities, such as taking a bath, reading a story and having a cuddle, that let her know it's time for sleep. When the bedtime routine is finished, put your baby to bed drowsy but awake. Many babies will surprise you and drift off to sleep without much protest. Other babies will need a bit of practice. Remember, self-soothing is just like crawling — it takes time and patience.

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June answered:

Downward stroke as taught during the prenatal class, it will help the baby to digest. Upward pat, baby will tend to throw out. But I have seen many people doing that, to each of its own I think, whichever works for them. Nope, I stopped burping him once he starts solid.


Fonnie Lo answered:

Self-soothing is to help your baby to learn to sleep by herself, and put herself back to sleep without your help. It's important to help your baby to create a pleasant attitude towards sleep right from the start when she is trained. Set a consistent bedtime rituals and routine to signal sleeping time is important. Sometimes it takes a few months for a baby to settle. Calm baby at least half an hour before bedtime by listening to soothing music, nursery rhymes or story. Relax her by giving a warm bath or baby massage. Give her a hug/kiss before putting her into the cot. Leave her to the cot when she is drowsy but not asleep so that she can learn to fall asleep by herself. Do not talk or play with her at night after feeding. If she can't settle by herself, stay with her so to let her feel secured that you are there with her. Lay your hand on her bottom/body or to pat her if she cries to see if she can settle herself. Carry her for a while only if she continues to cry. Use dim light to carry out night activities. Be patient with your baby as different babies will have different development milestones.

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Mixueer answered:

For me I would not. It is so heart-wrenching to see them crying if they want u to cuddle them =). If babies are having difficulty to fall asleep, u need to find out the reason why (though I knw this can be very difficult!). Maybe she is hungry?

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Cherie Lim Yishi answered:

I started a bedtime routine for my baby at 4 weeks. This included her wipe-down, feeding, and daddy carrying her and dancing to daddy's little girl by the Miles brothers. At first we had to carry her and walk around, sometimes for hours before she fell asleep, then we put her in her bed. But I realized that she got so used to the carrying that it got longer and longer to get her to sleep. So at 7 weeks we went through the same routine up until daddy dancing with her, and then we place her in her bed and turned off the lights. It surprised me that she has learnt to soothe herself pretty quickly. Maybe I am lucky but she didn't cry much at all. if she did I would probably have given up, too heart pain. The few times that she cried was because she was still hungry so we fed her, and placed her back in bed before she fell asleep and that usually works. So now at 9 weeks she soothes herself to sleep and she wakes up only at 6am for her morning feed.

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