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Hi mums, I have a 7 month old and ever since his birth, every time I put him down to sleep he cries.
A million things go through my mind.
My checklist:
Not too hot or too cold
Nappy changed
Bathed
Well fed
Lots of play time
5-10 minutes of quiet time before bed time
No colic

Am I missing something?  He is generally a very happy baby with no medical issues. I know he is tired because I watch for signs like yawning and rubbing eyes. After 10 minutes if crying he ends up going to sleep. He had a musical mobile but we don’t use it anymore, it didn’t seem to do much anyway.  I also am trying not to help him too much to go to sleep because I want him to be able to do it on his own.

Any advice?


Posted anonymously, 12th November 2014


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  • Babies cry, maybe he doesn’t like being alone in his own bed. Maybe he’s tired. It’s not bad to let them cry a little and self settle


  • Sometimes they ‘sing’ themselves to sleep. If they arebused to sleeping in the warmth of your arms and then yoj put them down, they aren’t happy wiyh this either. If you’re still having issues there are contact sleep consultants or tresillian


  • Some kids like to be held a bit longer. If u r stressing about bed time he will pickup on it and b upset too!


  • that’s his way of self settling. you lucky he only cries for 10 min


  • Do you swaddled your baby? if so is it too tight? or maybe he/she don’t like to be wrapped? my baby is 8 months old and she hate being swaddled. Mine used to cry and I had to rock her to sleep but now she fall sleep on her own.


  • I have been told that they cry just to expand their lungs and voice. It’s like a tester for them. Your child just wants to communicate but can’t talk properly yet xo


  • Get a musical nightlight and rock him/walk with him/ hold him in a dim room in order to get him to sleep.
    no it doesn’t set up a bad habbit for later on. And it makes sleep less stressful and upsetting for both you and bub.
    in fact him being upset and stressed to get to sleep can set up anxiety for getting to sleep when he is older and he wont be able to get to sleep on his own later on since its such an upsetting thing for him


  • Does he have any wind, or she. This can cause discomfort.
    What about opening a window for fresh air. Does he want to be wrapped, swaddled tightly. My daughter didn’t like this. Freed herself! Funn, their personalities.
    Teething. Rub bonjella on gums if so.
    Does he have a comforter like a tshirts of yours with familiar perfume on it. This near him, touching might help, just for the cot.


  • Could he have a bit of reflux? Maybe try putting something under the mattress at the head end of his cot may help. I know a few babies that have been helped by that.


  • Maybe has an upset tummy an needs to be burped. ?


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