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8/7/08 1:00 P

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Co-sleeping with Sunshine Boy worked beautifully until about 6 months. He nursed a lot in his sleep, which I also slept through so we both were well rested. However, I think one reason he nursed so much at night was to soothe his reflux. He also slept fine propped up in a car seat or swing, which did not have to be on. We eventually got a wedge and crib blocks to elevate the head of his crib and along with anti-reflux meds that allowed him to sleep. We were also putting him to bed too late as an older baby (9-10 mos) and he slept like an angel once we had the reflux sorted out and put him to bed around 6:30.

Sunshine Girl was never much interested in co-sleeping. She flops around and kicks off ALL covers, even in wintertime she only wants a light T shirt and pants and insists on NO SOCKS. She is a little furnace, which is probably why she didn't want to be close to me as I am also a furnace.

If a baby sleeps well propped up in a swing or car seat, or else nurses frequently through the night, you have to consider that reflux might be causing them pain. It is easy enough to check out so I recommend calling your doc. If that is what is going on, getting it treated will help sleep problems enormously! I would not attempt any CIO strategy before making sure the baby is not in pain. Sleep is a powerful need and it is natural to sleep, so whenever you figure out what is going on things should fall into place much better.

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THESARAKRAUT Posts: 2,799
8/7/08 11:10 A

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Yup, that is how I co-slept as well.

I really loved co-sleeping, but around the 4 month mark Caleb got too wiggly. He would kick me all night long and try to use me to "push off" and roll around. I was sad about moving him to his crib, but he slept well in there from the first night on.





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8/7/08 9:17 A

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That's how I sleep also when she is in the bed, arm above my head. Thanks for the advice. I put her in the bassinett last nite when she was half asleep and she fussed & cryed immediatly, I could only take it for 10 minutes though, I feel sooo bad.

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8/7/08 2:49 A

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2BHOTT - My daughter could never sleep on her own. She fussed and huffed so much that I thought she was having trouble breathing. At about 2.5 weeks, I took her into bed with me and suddenly, she settled down and slept well... and so did I!

Thus began our co-sleeping arrangement which still lasts until this day (my daughter is 21 months). I, too, worried about smothering her, but I always slept with one arm out above her head so I couldn't roll on top of her. Now she's so big that she'd let me know if anything happened!

Personally I'm not a huge fan of CIO, but everyone is different and has different needs. If you do decide to keep co-sleeping, you might find you love it. I feel I've really bonded with my daughter and we love our special time together at night, especially since I work during the day.

Good luck with whatever you decide. I'm sure you'll make the right choice for you and your family.

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8/6/08 11:03 A

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Oh poor baby and poor mama!

My baby's a little older but seems to like sucking on a cold teether (just pop it in the fridge for an hour) in this heat. She kicks a lot too but really sleeps better with the swaddle. We use a light little swaddle over her onsie and it's perfect for her:
http://www.amazon.com/Kiddopotamus-100%2
5-Cotton-Knit-SwaddleMe%C2%AE/dp/B0006
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ts&qid=1218034781&sr=1-2

We have a fan in the room too, which cools it off and provides great white noise for everyone. We don't point it at her but instead towards the foot of the bed.

We've been using one of these things to make sure that she's safe from Mama or Papa rolling:

http://www.amazon.com/First-Years-Close-
Secure-Sleeper/dp/B00012CHFI/ref=pd_cp
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Hope some of this helps and you get some sleep!

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2BHOTT's Photo 2BHOTT Posts: 163
8/6/08 7:26 A

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Thanks for the advice everyone. I have tried to swaddle her, she always kicks out of it, also it has been really hot and she has heat rash so I try just to keep her in a onsie. She slept w/ us last nite, it is not a very restful sleep by any means. She's a very noisy sleeper, always grunting and moaning, but I would hear her anyway in the bassinett a foot away from my bed. I will probably try CIO, but not sure if I'm ready yet. emoticon

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8/5/08 10:12 P

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2BHOTT, I did CIO with my 3rd when she was only 2-3 weeks old - I'm SOOOO glad I did - it worked great with her. The first couple days was/is the hardest - but each night was easier than the night before, and by a month old, I could put her in her bassinet (kept her in the bassinet in my room until she was about 4 months old then moved her to her crib in her room) but I could put her in it and she'd go right to sleep - then when she was a little older, she'd play/talk/coo herself to sleep. I loved listening to her on the monitor...

now, that being said, this does NOT work for all babies!! Christopher, um, ya, I let him CIO for a full HOUR (it was the most heart renching hour) and have tried many times - but there is NO cio for him. Its just NOT going to work. He only goes to sleep if I nurse him or pat him. Trying to get away from the nursing him to sleep - right now starting slowly with patting him and hopefully once he gets used to falling asleep in his crib by being pat, maybe he'll eventually start to go to sleep without needing to be pat...

I also wanted to comment on the co-sleeping - I'm a "sortof" co-sleeper - all mine slept in their own beds, (next to mine until they outgrow the bassinett then moved to the crib in the other room) But when baby wakes in the night, I then put baby in bed with me letting baby nurse while I go back to sleep. With all 4 I never had a problem with sleeping with them - I also many times have co-sleep for naps.

Also mentioned was swaddling - do you swaddle baby? Have you heard of the miracle blanket?
www.miracleblanket.com
I swear by this thing! Watch the instruction video on the website - When I had #3 I had many friends with babies the same age that all swore by it - but it is costly and I couldn't justify spending that money on a blanket - I did buy a swaddleme blanket from babiesRus for less than half the price - it worked but nothing like the Miracle blanket...
With this baby, I had 2 friends each give me a MB and WOW - lets just say, it IS worth every cent!!! We just stopped using ours about 3 weeks ago. Christopher didn't sleep well at all without his MB on... I thought we'd never be able to stop using it - we had to slowly wean him out of it.

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8/5/08 11:22 A

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When ever the baby needed to sleep with me, I would put my body pillow in an L shape between him and daddy, and i only used a small square pillow. Then i could put him up high by my head. We only tried the bassinet 2 nights, after that he went straight to the crib. we continued to swaddle too. that always seemed to help.

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8/5/08 9:26 A

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I slept in the middle and had Caleb next to me. No chance for Daddy to roll on him. Dr. Sears has some awesome safety suggestions for co-sleeping if you are interested:

www.askdrsears.com/html/7/T071000.as
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I too was very nervous about co-sleeping, but these tips helped me to relax and I really enjoyed our co-sleeping time together. I actually cried for several nights when we moved him to his crib emoticon





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8/5/08 9:15 A

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I'm so scared she will get smothered in the bed by myself or her father. Was this a problem for you? Short of banning him to the couch, not sure what to do. I feel safe when its just me and her in the bed.

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THESARAKRAUT Posts: 2,799
8/5/08 9:02 A

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Caleb was the same way when he was little and we ended up co-sleeping. It was the only way we were going to get any sleep! It was a GREAT solution for us and made breastfeeding much easier to establish as well. We co-slept until Caleb was 4 months old and then we moved him to his own room.





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8/5/08 8:46 A

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Hi BF moms! My 4 1/2 week old little girl will not sleep in her bassinett.....at all. The only place she really will sleep is in her swing or right on the side of me. Everything I read says to wait untill 6 wks to let them "cry it out". Anyone have any suggestions?? I can't really sleep during the day b/c I also have a 10 yr old son. Help!

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8/5/08 8:18 A

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Yeah, I think we got REALLY lucky! Caleb has been sleeping through the night fairly consistently since about 7 weeks. I can't get him to go to bed before 10 or 10:30, but then he will easily sleep until 9am. Last night little stinker would not go to sleep until nearly midnight. I let Daddy handle that one!





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Caleb's sleeping through the night??? LUCKY!!! Christopher is NOT even close! Although I can't complain, as out of 4 children, he's my first that doesn't... all the others slept through the night from the very beginning - this one though, well, he thinks he has to eat round the clock!!



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8/4/08 1:01 P

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Whee! You are indeed in for fun! Also you will get a chance to stock up the freezer when it abruptly subsides and you have gotten used to the increased demand.

My youngest is 22 months and I sort of forgot the fun stages of a normal 1st year. The 22 month old already had serious GI problems by 4 months so her first year wasn't at all typical but now I can look back and remember her brother's development more clearly than I could when I was so intensely occupied with a sick baby.

You are probably already amazed at how fast these few months have gone. Enjoy the rest of Caleb's first year! It is going to continue to be the sweetest thing you've ever experienced!

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8/4/08 12:45 P

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This will be his 1st growth spurt since we stopped co-sleeping, so it will be interesting to see how it goes. He did sleep through the night last night, so I am hopeful.





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8/4/08 12:12 P

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LOL Dont ya love those growth spurts - the nonstp eating all day long!! Have fun with Caleb.

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I think Caleb has hit his 6 month growth spurt!!! He normally nurses 6-7 times a day and eats 2TBS cereal made with breast milk. Yesterday, he nursed 10 times and ate 4TBS cereal, and DH said he woke up an hour early this morning acting like he was STARVING to death. Going to be a fun week at our house...





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