My baby only sleeps on my chest! Solutions from Baby Sleep Expert
Will your baby only sleep on you? As soon as you try to put your baby down, they wake up! Your baby won't sleep in the crib or bassinet. It can be so hard to get things done when your baby will only sleep on your chest.
Watch this video to learn all the tips on how to get your 3-4 month old baby to nap and sleep on their own, so you both can start sleeping better. Find out some great tricks to help your baby sleep better, and get your baby sleeping in the crib!
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“My baby will only sleep on my chest! What can I do to get her to sleep somewhere else?”
Tip 1: Use Sleep Props
If it’s the daytime, I recommend that you use as many sleep props as you need, like the swing or the vibrating chair, the sling, stroller or in the car.
If you’re going to be awake and supervising your baby’s naps, then by all means, use these sleep props to your advantage.
Tip 2: Use Motion to get your baby to sleep
If you want to go for a long walk, you could put her in the baby carrier. If you want to have her off your body then put her in the stroller and go for a really nice long walk. You get some fresh air, a little bit of exercise, and your baby gets to sleep well.
Motion helps most babies sleep really, really well. Sometimes it takes 5-10 minutes for babies to unwind, to blow off steam and to fall asleep. If you put her down and she cries straight away – it’s OK! I know it’s your first baby and we’re all like, ‘I don’t ever want her to cry, even for a minute!’ Just walk outside. Push her in the stroller. Give it a good 10 minutes.
The majority of babies will calm down, settle down, and they’ll really like that motion. They’ll be able to nap well.
Tip 3: Accept Help!
It certainly doesn’t have to be you. You could ask your partner, your husband to help out. A grandma, your friend, your neighbour, your cousin. If anyone’s like, ‘Hey, can I help?’ Always say yes! No matter who!
Tip 4: Swaddling at Night-time
Now, if it’s night-time, I have different recommendations for you. Because the swing and the vibrating chair are not safe sleeping environments when they’re not being supervised.
I’m not sure if you did the traditional swaddle, and you swaddled the baby yourself with the blanket. Or you tried one of the many swaddle blankets that you can find online, like the Miracle Blanket. These things really are a miracle, because they swaddle your baby and keep your baby contained and cosy – just like she was in the womb! It keeps the startle reflex from waking your baby. What’s great about these specialized swaddle blankets is they stay put.
Don’t give up on swaddling if you’ve only tried one way. I would then try a different way. Have her hands be in a different position, whether it’s on her heart, or whether it’s up like the Love to Dream. I would definitely do that.
Tip 5: Let baby sleep near you at night
I’m not sure whether you have one, but I would definitely have her sleep in your bassinet, or in a co-sleeper that’s right up next to your side of the bed. She’s still just as close, but she’s in her sleepsack, so she’s contained. She can still smell Mom. She can still hear Mom. But she’s in her own sleep space and you’re in your own sleep space. You’ll sleep so much better and easier when you’re not worrying about her during the night.
Tip 6: Place her at the bottom of her crib to create a boundary
If this is kind of too much, and you’re like, ‘Well, I have a crib. I can’t afford to buy a co-sleeper just for a few months’. That’s OK too. If you have a crib already, you can put it right next to your side of the bed. What you do when you’re going to put your baby down in the crib, you want her to feel some sort of a boundary. Try and put her down toward the end and have her feet touching the end of the crib, so that she can feel some form of containment. Some parents will also angle baby so that her feet go into the corner. If she moves around a little bit, she feels 2 sides of the crib.
Tip 7: White Noise
For babies of all age, I recommend that you play White Noise in their bedroom, all night long. You can have it at normal conversat ion level. For a baby that’s in the womb, they say the womb is as loud as a vacuum cleaner!
Tip 8: The Blacked-out Bedroom
Make sure the bedroom’s nice and dark. Because you certainly don’t want the early-morning sunlight coming in and waking your baby up much earlier than you want to get up!