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My little one is 6 months and 2 weeks old. She has previously been able to self soothe herself to sleep and can manage to sleep through without many issues since she was 5 months old. However, in the last week she was not able to soothe herself to sleep. It seemed to have started when she learned to roll over. Could it also be because she is going through a growth spurt and teething? As she was having so much difficulties sleeping, I have been sleeping with her on our bed during the day and she will be able sleep. Am I causing her to not be able to self soothe? Hopefully mums here can give me some tips on how to manage. Thanks.

Posted anonymously, 3rd March 2014

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  • there are some good comments here

  • A lot of things are changing at 6 months, it could be teeth or she may just miss you

  • i hope you have work things out for her :)

  • I hope things have settled for you all!

  • I am currently going through the same with my 6 month old. She previously went to sleep without being rocked but not now. I have to make sure she is fast asleep before putting her to bed or she rolls over and fusses. It won’t last forever…. Just do whatever works.

  • Do what you’re happy with! I would try and persevere with getting her to self settle. I let mine cry initially for around 20 mins, if she’s clearly still crying or distraught then I’ll go in and pick her up and settle her. Then I put her down again and leave. I stay away for 10-15 mins and then go back in and settle her again if she’s still crying. I continue going in every 10-15 mins and only pick her up if I can’t settle her through patting/rubbing. It usually only takes a couple of times and she’s asleep. Sometimes it takes longer and it’s hard work and not pleasant to listen to the cry, but I think it’s important that they learn (again!) to self settle. I find this technique works. But it’s completely up to you and what you’re comfortable with!

  • I could of write this post last week! My guess would be that she is working on new skills and is unable to self settle and looks to you for help to sleep as her mind is racing with new ideas and thinngs she can now do. Our little one could roll to the right but not the left. We went through 3 days of her not sleeping and crying when getting put down, something she never does. On the thrird day she rolled both ways and practiced and practiced all day. When I put her down for her sleep that night, we never heard a peep and it’s been smooth sailing since.i also had to bring our darling into our bed otherwise I would of never slept and it never caused bad habits for us, she just needing me there for a short time to comfort her and help her sleep while her little head was exploding with new ideas. You know your little one better than anyone so if it’s working for you don’t listen to anyone else about bad habits chances are it will pass in a few days and things will be as they were again. :)

  • Do what works for you. I only let the little ones sleep with me if they are really sick as it takes me too long to get them back into their own bed. Maybe teething or growing pains, but most likely just going through a new phase. Just when you think you have them sleeping through or in a routine, they will change it. Goodluck

  • It does sound like a growth spurt. Wait for a couple more days and see?

  • Hi, Don’t worry, it may happen in starting staging of baby’s growth. She can have trouble in sleeping because of teething and yes may be in some time, she will start walking on her legs. So please calm down and keep your baby in safe places and happy. Thanks

  • My 7 month old is just starting to improve with sleeping. At 6 months there is so many different things that can cause babies to have trouble settling, teething, learning new skills, separation anxiety the list goes on. I personally don’t think it is such a bad thing to cuddle to sleep, feed to sleep etc just try not to do it every time. I agree with others that it is just a phase and before long bubs will be sleeping again.

  • It could very well be that she prefers to sleep with you.
    Its very hard to break the habits once they start.
    Just be very careful and think about things before you start doing them…I always tried to think “Will i be happy doing this every day for the next 6mths, year, etc…..If the answer was no then I decided not to start as bubs grab things and run with them very quickly.

    Good luck

  • Don’t let her get used to sleeping with you if it isn’t something your going to be able to continue. Start putting her down and take your nap on your own during the day. Give her a little more milk to make sure she is satisfied and she will learn soon enough

  • it’s just a phase. As they get bigger they change routine and phases constantly

  • babies go through lots of different stages and teething is definitely one that will cause a few unsettled nights. Helping to sooth your baby by having her close will not destroy her self soothing habits, babies need security and love above all else by helping her when she needs it you will be making her feel safe and in the long run this will ultimately help her settle herself.

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