How to Train Baby to Fall Asleep on His Own
5 mo.
How to Train Baby to Fall Asleep on His Own
Hi Helen

I have a question for you regarding sleep.

My five months old son is settled for the night in his own bed. He is very restless, before as well as after he has fallen asleep. I have tried to hold his arms and legs until he sleeps tight, which seems to help. What do you recommend, should I settle him and then leave the room for him to fall asleep on his own?

I would also like to know whether it is safe for him to sleep on the side instead of on the back, as I worry about cot death ...?

Best regards

Helen Hansen

Dear Nina

As soon as the baby is old enough to turn and twist you no longer need to settle him to sleep on his back, as long as your son falls asleep in a position that he finds agreeable. Should you still be worried I suggest that you tuck him in on his side, and then later turn him onto his back before you go to bed ... :o)

I can only encourage you to continue your routine to let him feel the weight of your hands for 5-10 minutes, making it easier for him to relax and fall asleep.

Try also to swaddle him e.g. in a voksibag, bunting bag or similar.

For at baby at your son's age it is quite common that you experience that he is physically restless in his night sleep. He dreams more frequently, is crying in his sleep, and the best you can do is to see to it that he continues to sleep and that you do not offer him anything to eat or drink at night. Help him to change position and let him feel you physical contact.

I hope this is helpful:o)

Kind regards,

Helen Hansen