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momoh Thu 27-Apr-17 11:32:19

What is the best/different ways to transition a cosleeping baby into a cot? He doesn't even like being put down when he has day naps. Any advice or experiences???

momoh Thu 27-Apr-17 11:32:40

Oh and he's 3 months and EBF

Wonderflonium Thu 27-Apr-17 11:37:09

I don't have any advice, am typing one handed while I cradle my 3 month old in my other arm and wondering the same thing.

EphraimWaite Thu 27-Apr-17 11:47:34

Sidecar cot first? Is that an option? Assuming you're currently bedsharing, a cot up against the side of your bed is a good interim step.

momoh Thu 27-Apr-17 12:04:06

I'm thinking just keep putting him down until he realises that's where he's gonna sleep?

FATEdestiny Thu 27-Apr-17 12:14:29

What is the best/different ways to transition a cosleeping baby into a cot?

A swaddle recreates the being-held feeling. Also get a sidecar cot set up (just remove one side off a normal cot and wedge it up to your bed. Then a process of gradual withdrawal.

First establish sleep time = lying down

Go for cosleeping on a bed or on the floor (if in the living room) rather than being held in your arms. Baby is then at least lying down to sleep - which is required for cot sleeping.

Get baby less depended on your physical closeness

- let's say the start point is cuddling round baby with your body, arm over the top of baby.
- develop a 'firm hand on chest' thing, as your reassuring presence. Stay cuddling around baby's body.
- move your body away ever so slightly, keep firm hand on chest. Do that every time, until it's established, then withdraw a bit more.
- straighten your body out, so you are lying next to baby but not encircling. Keep firm hand on chest. Do this every time until established, then withdraw a little more.
- lie next to baby to settle with firm hand, then roll yourself away once settled. Roll back (and return firm hand on chest) if needed, but once settled withdraw again.

Now try a seperate matress

ideally start with a sidecar cot. Do exactly as above, in-cot settling with you cuddling next to her initially. Slowly and gradually reduce how much reassurance she needs.

Bobbybobbins Thu 27-Apr-17 12:31:59

No advice to add but good luck. I never managed this at 3 months and coslept til 6 months.

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