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adjsavedmylife Sat 05-Nov-16 08:43:07

DS1 is nearly 9 months and slowly slowly getting the hang of self soothing at night from v drowsy. But he won't do it for naps and they are generally crap - 40 mins tops and needs a moving buggy, car, sling, yoga ball or to feed which I try to avoid. If the movement stops he wakes straight away and can't go back off for ages. Naturally he is grumpy. I've never done any sleep training but am now at home for a week trying to crack it. Trying a shh pat with varying degrees of success.

One reason I've done nothing till now is that he seems to be teething at a low-moderate level of discomfort on and off for months, but no teeth yet. It comes out when he's tired more - one of the ways I know he's tired is the fingers going in the mouth.

I am so torn as to the best way forward. The last thing I want is to leave a hurting baby to cry even next to him but his crap napping and refusal to nap in cot in house is affecting us all particularly since he is up at 5.30 and needs a nap by 7.45, and is well over 10kg now. He needs to learn this skill and I think he really wants to too - he turns his head from side to side trying. WWYD? Will it get harder the longer I leave it? Will also post in sleep. Thanks in advance for any advice you may have.

FourToTheFloor Sat 05-Nov-16 08:51:24

Both my dd napped better in their cots which suited me so I could nap also.

I've just recently had to do a bit of sleep-better encouragement for dd2 and we are back at great day naps and sleeping through.

All I do is hold her in my arms for a few mins then kiss her face and few times which is the signal now that I'm going to put her down to sleep. The first night she cried and kept standing up but I just gently laid her down over and over.

The key for both my dd was knowing though I was still in the room and they could nod off quickly when I was there.

adjsavedmylife Sat 05-Nov-16 09:07:13

Thanks. I am definitely going to stay next to him for the time being. Its so hard but I'm glad you've had success!

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