19/07/2009 at 21:05
19/07/2009 at 22:37
I'd start by making sure there's no physical needs,is your daughter hungry,teething,ill,but if she's settling for your husband and your friend,it doesn't sound like that's the case.
Make sure you stick to a calm predictable routine,particularly at bedtime,but as far as possible through the day too,so daytime naps are a regular time too.After tea,bath,story whatever you do keep bedtime brief.Put baby in her cot,kiss goodnight,leave the room.If she stands up and or cries ignore it,leave the room.You know your baby is safe and not in any discomfort,she just wants you to go back.
If she's still crying after five minutes,go back in,don't pick her up,just tell her calmly it's time for bed,goodnight,lay her down and leave again.Leave it a little longer the next time .Longer the next.She will eventually drop off.
Another way is to keep laying baby down if they stand up,just stay with them the first night.Then gradually move away from the cot,till you're right out of the room.
Both ways work as long as you're consistant.If you give in even once and just pick them up,take them out the cot or the room,it puts you right back.
It does sound as though your baby knows how to fall asleep by herself as she's doing it for your husband and your friend.Maybe playing Mummy up a little
20/07/2009 at 09:28
the above advice is spot on what i would say, its just persistance i'm afraid they all go through stages like that.
my son was worse if i went back it would go on for hours but if i just let him tire himself out he'd be asleep in 20 minutes. i was sitting on the stair outside his room in tears for those 20 minutes though. but its worth it in the end cause now he's a good sleeper
20/07/2009 at 16:32
20/07/2009 at 18:35
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