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    Why won't my little girl lay down by herself? She sleeps for HOURS and it's great! but she's gotta be on my chest. Not the most ideal way of sleeping. I know she's supposed to sleep on her back, but as SOON as we lay her down on her back she gets fussy, then starts to scream. I keep sleeping on the couch so I can have her to one side without worrying about her rolling off, but I'd really like to get back in my own bed...and have her sleep in her bed.
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    It's common for the first few weeks. Just remember, she was inside you resting to your breathing motions. It's a hard adjustment to sleep alone!

    Just keep trying to put her down in the crib/bassinet. I still have to gently rock Tim back and forth once he is in the bassinet to get him to sleep.

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    A very common problem

    I would often give in and let them sleep on me when they are so tiny, but eventually you have to just keep trying to put them down. You could try laying a worn tshirt of yours flat underneath her in the crib or bassinet, sometimes they like to smell Mommy
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    Yep what those ladies said! But, I hope you get some good sleep in soon.
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    It won't last forever but in my opinion and only my opinion don't do it for too long or you will have a bad habit. A mom I work with did this and her son was very delayed in walking and now he still has some issues but this was a long time she wore him for everything!!! She also got to the point of climbing in crib and sleeping with him. Daycare was a nightmare because he cried and had to be held all day and it was not practical with other babies so I always felt like poor thing was miserable...
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    My DS1 was very mommy attached and we ended up cosleeping until he was 8 months old. I've heard the first bit of time after their birth being referred to as the 4th trimester. They just aren't ready the day they are born to be detached from mama...some are much more difficult than others though. IMO based on the experience I've had it's very dependent on their personality. My DS2 actually preferred his own space. That was a nice surprise b/c I had prepared myself for another high maintenance baby. Just keep doing what works for you, trying every so often to help her become tolerant of more separation. Those early days are just not easy but do try to enjoy that time b/c as a BTDT mom I can tell you it is so very brief in the big scheme of things and those late night snuggles and watching those sweet expressions as they sleep are some of the best moments.
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    Try your shirt, some white noise, or a vibrating bouncy chair, and a swaddle. I actually just let mine *gasp* sleep on their side or stomach if none of that worked.
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    My little girl is the same way. Right now, I'm just doing what I need to so we all get the most sleep possible.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SandiCarr View Post
    Try your shirt, some white noise, or a vibrating bouncy chair, and a swaddle. I actually just let mine *gasp* sleep on their side or stomach if none of that worked.
    Yep, I let mine sleep however they sleep best. Only one of mine has been a belly sleeper. My DS2 liked to be on his side, especially since he was used to lying on his side to nurse at night in bed with me.
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    this is our 4th and all of ours have co slept, and slept on my chest... now I will add that I've cut it shorter w/ each one because I created a monster w/ our 1st lol. But I agree w/ all the pp it's just an adjustment period, and IMOHO Do whatever gets you and baby the most sleep. Be it co sleeping, belly sleep, side sleep, chest sleep WHATEVER works
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