Eventually through trial and error we developed a little routine that began to work for us. First we got rid of the cradle, he really didn't like the way it would rock whenever he would move. We opted for the playpen; he didn't mind sleeping in it and it was portable. I could move it to be next to me when we slept. We also discovered that baby bear needed to be wrapped up tightly in a receiving blanket, otherwise he would wake himself up whenever he moved. Once we had him all wrapped up snug as a bug we could rock him or bounce him to sleep. No here is the vital step! once he was asleep you absolutely had to hold him for a half hour! no less! before you could put him in the playpen to sleep. If you didn't hold him long enough he wouldn't be in a deep sleep and he would cry when you put him down. He is a smart cookie and he knew when he wasn't safe in mommy or daddy's arms anymore.
Persistence was definitely the key! the more we kept at it, the less we had to hold him before putting him down. Then eventually he would sleep for longer & longer periods at night.
Momma Bear tip:
- Persistence!! slow and steady always wins the race ;P
- Be creative try different sleeping areas and techniques to find what will work best for you and your baby.
- Sleep when your baby sleeps or else you ain't going to get any!