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Seven week old goes to sleep on his own, is this okay?

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mswales Mon 06-Nov-17 21:39:28

Between about five and six weeks (really once we discovered how much DS loved white noise and a dummy) he has been very happy to be put down in his crib awake and then goes off to sleep pretty quickly once swaddled with white noise and dummy. I started out by lying next to him and keeping my hand on his chest or rocking the crib but he actually seems to go to sleep quicker if I'm not there - if I'm there he stares at me and takes longer to close his eyes. Now I'm feeling a bit guilty that I'm not rocking or feeding him to sleep, that he's too young to go to sleep on his own, and feeling bad that he doesn't need my help to get to sleep... is this silly? He does this after his night feeds as well. In the daytime he doesn't sleep very well, needs to be in the sling or in constant motion in pram or car seat, and even then only sleeps about 20 minutes at a time unless he's in sling in which case he can go an hour or more.

usersbmkgyinb Mon 06-Nov-17 21:46:19

It's perfectly fine, all 4 of my children were put down to settle from day one, all 4 were sleeping though the night from 6/8 weeks old and have continued to do so.

elelfrance Mon 06-Nov-17 21:46:47

Thank the gods of sleep and pray it lasts😂 dd1 was like that at the same age, turned out to be a fantastic sleeper ever since...ds1 did the same but it didn't last so well, even though he always fell asleep on his own, even though he didn't always stay that way

Ohyesiam Mon 06-Nov-17 21:48:11

Jesus Christ that was the holy grail that I never achieved.

poppy2021 Mon 06-Nov-17 21:53:43

Best advice I was given was to put them down awake and let them learn to go to sleep. Now before I get flamed I know this doesn't work for everyone but it did for me with my second.

Lelly0503 Mon 06-Nov-17 22:18:07

My ds is 8 Weeks and luckily he can get himself off to sleep by himself, he makes a bit of noise, not crying as if he starts to cry I cuddle him, but he will almost make a humming noise to himself, not that I ever leave him alone but il pop him in his bouncer sleepy in my bedroom while I get ready for the day and after a few mins Hel have his eyes closed. At night he needs a cuddle and I like to do it anyway, he will fall asleep on me, wake when I put him in the crib but then get himself off to sleep again. From what I’ve read on these boards it’s quite unusual so atm while it lasts I’m just very grateful!!

mswales Mon 06-Nov-17 22:46:36

Ok thank you everyone, I guess I should be very glad he can do this! Was just worrying that somehow I was making him do it too young and I shouldn't even be trying it yet. Am also feeling guilty that he is sleeping on his own in his own bed rather than with me, feel like he's too little to be on his own, but then when he sleeps with me I can't sleep very well and get a really stiff neck/shoulders from making sure I stay in a very safe position, so I don't want to co-sleep... I think basically am just doing classic new mum feel guilty about anything and everything....!

IfYouGoDownToTheWoodsToday Mon 06-Nov-17 22:50:02

DD1 was the same, she hated being cuddled to sleep and so was just put in her cot from a few weeks old.

I thought every baby was like that, then along came Dd2. She was exactly the opposite. I had to co sleep with her until she was 2 and 1/2. hmm grin

Fitzsimmons Mon 06-Nov-17 22:51:37

Can you come and work your magic with my five year old DS who still won't go to sleep alone or sleep through the night please? grin

IfYouGoDownToTheWoodsToday Mon 06-Nov-17 22:51:59

ms it sounds like you’re doing so well! Try not to feel guilty about everything, they are only tiny for such a short time, try to enjoy him smile

bathghter Wed 08-Nov-17 19:18:03


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