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I have a 4.5 month old son who still feeds to sleep at night and is extremely hard to get to nap during the day. Even though he is tired. What are ways to put a baby of that age to sleep that won’t create bad sleeping habits?

Posted by anon, 25/11/13

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  • My son was a bit like that, did only 5minute cat naps during the day. Singing, rocking, a car drive a lengthly walk out and about can help.

  • Every baby is different, only you can figure out what works for him. All the best with it xx

  • Just lay him in his cot. He’ll soon learn to sleep, especially if he’s tired

  • It’s free to call or internet chat with Tresillian, they will give you soft calming techniques.

  • We did a lot of singing either myself or a toy

  • I used to put my bubs in the cot/bed & either leave the tv on or put some music on for her. 10 minutes & she would be asleep

  • I’ve always had it hard with my kids sleeping but recently I’ve put a burner with lavender melt in my daughters room about 1.5 before she goes to bed and she has been sleeping very well the past few nights.

  • vthere are some good comments here

  • maybe make the room were he be napping darker

  • Has any advice below helped?

  • how did you go? :)

  • Some really good advice there.

  • I also meant to say, once you decide how you plan on getting him to sleep you need to persist at it. it can take weeks before they settle into a routine

  • I think a lot of babies go through similar stages, and stages where they only sleep for 30-40 minutes. for me, with all 3 of my kids I made sure I had a sleep routine. so we always did exactly the same thing to get them to sleep. we have always done feed, play, sleep in the day (feed to sleep for last feed and night feeds) and when I put them down they are obviously tired. I put them in their sleeping bag, then into the cot and turn the mobile on.

  • Look for signs that hes getting tired and create a comfortable and peaceful sleep environment. Try different techniques and find something that works for you. I rocked my first baby, it was the only way I could get her to sleep. People call it a ‘bad habit’ but I didn’t mind doing it and she eventually grew out of it at around 18 months when she started to self settle. Remember that all kids are different and different things work for different people.

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