How to make my baby sleep by himself?

@Miriel (1043)
Norway
February 18, 2007 7:05pm CST
Right now my 5 month old son only sleeps if he can be breastfeeded into his sleep. He then wants to sleep either next to me or in my arms. Of course I think this is cute, but we can not have it that way, I will never get anything done in the house if we keep on doing this. Anyone have some good advices on how to change this habit?
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@Indiffer (287)
• Norway
21 Feb 07
I had my children visible. Put them in the stroller or got with a toy, like these rattles to put on feet like socks or handwrists - i do not know the word for it. They would be cooing and have some fun, then just tiring and fall to sleep. One of my sons was a bit different. There was this special song i played on my cd player, and every time i put that on, in the middle of the guitar solo, he would be sound asleep. It worked every time. I hope you find a way to help him sleep on his own. Daytime might be easier to start with.
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@Miriel (1043)
• Norway
21 Feb 07
Thank you for responding. I have tried to let him lay in his bed and play until he get tired but that didnt work out lol. The last 2 nights though I have been able to make him sleep alone for some hours. A good start! :)
@Indiffer (287)
• Norway
21 Feb 07
I meant at night, when he doesnt need to eat during nighttime.
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• Australia
21 Feb 07
Ok when my son was first born he used to be like that and he is back at that stage where he wont go to sleep unless he is in my arms on lying on me. How i got him out of the habit before was i got given a musical mobile when i was born one of the ones you put on the side of the cot. He was fine with that for a while then didnt need it about 3 weeks after he just fell asleep buy himself without it on. But now the mobile doesnt work he just looks and smiles at it when it is on. Lately i have been just putting him in his cot and leaving him in there with a couple of toys to play with but your child is a bit young for that. He lies down when he is tired but the second he see or hears me he starts crying. So i try and avoid going into the bedroom. Ok that is for future referance if you son starts up again. There is another thing you can buy to it is this thing where its meant to be the sound of the mothers heartbeat what it sounds like from in the tummy. I have never used it but aparently they are great. You put it at the bottom of the cot or where your child sleeps and that sends them to sleep. That is all i can think of sorry hope my sugestions work for you. Oh or try and bundle your child up in a wrap that way he feels more secure. I could never do that with my son he moved around too much and kept on getting out of it.
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@Miriel (1043)
• Norway
21 Feb 07
Hello Katrina! Thank you so much for responding. You have some great suggestions here! Have a nice day :)
• Philippines
19 Feb 07
i let him play alone, i have a four months old baby too. he is just rolling on the bed, shouting and telling words i do not understand. i continue doing household chores, as long as i see him. then minute later i found him sleeping already. good day
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@Miriel (1043)
• Norway
19 Feb 07
Oh that sounds so nice!!! I wish that will happen to me someday as well :) Thank you for responding :)
@unisis (1674)
• Indonesia
19 Feb 07
i think it is normal that the baby will sleep if he does not starved,he will feel calm that there is a mom who take care him if he sleep in your arms.i think if he has grow up he will let you and keep his stomach saturated,and do not often to sleep him in your arm and will change the habbit.
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@Miriel (1043)
• Norway
19 Feb 07
Thank you for responding. I will keep that in my mind :)