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Mixing Moses basket and sling

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fuzzywigsmum Mon 03-Mar-14 20:12:04

DD2 is 6 weeks old and until now has only napped in a sling and co-slept at night. I'd like her to start doing some naps and some of the night in her basket. I've managed to settle her in the Moses basket in the day a couple of times for quite short naps and I'm wondering if people have experience of getting their LOs to self-settle whilst still letting them have some naps in the sling. I know some sleep 'experts' would say this isn't possible - which is the advice I followed with DD1. But copying sense tells me there must be a middle way??

fuzzywigsmum Mon 03-Mar-14 20:12:35

Sorry, common sense

kazza446 Mon 03-Mar-14 20:19:02

It's not Happening in my house, LOL.. we've been trying past few weeks but my wee one detests his Moses basket and crib. As soon as I put him down he starts screaming. He also co sleeps in our bed and in.a sling through day. He won't settle at night time in basket or on me so I have to go to bed early.
(Lying in bed now!) If anyone has any ideas please let me know. This is my 4th baby and the only one I've not been able to settle. Nightmare!

kazza446 Mon 03-Mar-14 20:19:53

I'm just awaiting delivery of ewan the dream sheep. I'm hoping he will work wonders! X

callamia Mon 03-Mar-14 20:20:48

I'm not 100% sure that I'm answering your question, but I use sling or Moses basket or pram for naps depending on where we are, or how overtired or grouchy ds (four months) is. If I time it well, he will sleep in the Moses basket (put him down before he's too tired), other times I'll use the sling because I either feel like it, or he's not settling in the basket. Sometimes, I just let him sleep on me (horrors!)

I'm learning to hate the phrase 'self-settle' - I'm still not sure what it really means. Essentially, my son can fall asleep in pretty much any receptacle if he's not super overtired. If he is, then I have to use the sling or pram. And curse myself for letting it happen...

I've never considered that it might not be a good idea to mix where he sleeps, although I've also so far avoided all books telling me how to parent. I don't think I could bear the guilt or pressure of doing it just right.

fuzzywigsmum Mon 03-Mar-14 20:27:42

Callamia - LOL - when DD1 was a baby DP threw my copy of the Baby Whisperer into the trash because I was getting so upset about 'not doing it right'. I think a lot of parenting books are best avoided!

callamia Mon 03-Mar-14 20:37:28

Hurrah! I can put myself under enough pressure, I don't need a bloody book adding to it.

It sounds like you're doing a fine job, and I hope the basket works out well.

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