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Crying it out at 6 weeks...HELP! KECO 1 child; Ballwin, Missouri 26 posts
12th Mar '13

My son is 6 weeks old tomorrow and he will only sleep if someone is holding him or if he is in the stroller or car. Once he is asleep I try to put him in his crib and he starts crying and stops and soon as I pick him up. He is fed and has a clean diaper. As much as I dont want to, is it to early to let him cry it out? I want him to lear to fall asleep on his own so when is the best time to let a baby cry it out?

user banned Due November 7 (boy); 1 child; Dayton, Ohio 26853 posts
12th Mar '13

WAYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY too early to CIO. He is a newborn!

Blythe. 1 child; Indiana 22307 posts
12th Mar '13

way to early. Rock the poor baby. Try putting him in the crib on his tummy

Piecey. Due May 13; 3 kids; K-Town, KL, Germany 64447 posts
12th Mar '13

It's too early to cry it out. He will learn to fall asleep on his own in time.

[Boats&Hoes] 2 kids; Youngstown, Ohio 62966 posts
12th Mar '13

He's too little at 6 weeks. He cries because he wants his mommy to hold him and make him feel secure. It sucks, but you just gotta roll with it. When he gets older, he may start to learn to sleep on his own. Maybe you can swaddle him then lay him down. It'll make him feel tight like he's still being held.

user banned 2 kids; Georgia 24891 posts
12th Mar '13

Way too early.

thats me. :) 18 kids; Edmonton, Alberta 3227 posts
12th Mar '13

way to early. He just wants cuddles and to feel safe!!!!

um... Rutland, Vermont 597 posts
12th Mar '13

maybe he has colic? i would talk to a pedi...

mama2manyyy 33 kids; South Carolina 1823 posts
12th Mar '13

I don't think its a good idea. I have read that it can cause trust issues and that he will stop crying not because he has soothed himself but because he has realized that your not going to come to him he feels helpless. My son was the same way and spent the first two months of his life sleeping in my room in his bouncer or car seat.

KECO 1 child; Ballwin, Missouri 26 posts
12th Mar '13

Thanks for all the replys... I figured it was too early but I thought I'd ask

cookie monster (a and p) Due March 2; 2 kids; West Virginia 4452 posts
12th Mar '13

At 6 weeks newborns do not cry just because, if they're crying there's a reason. Contrary to belief you also can not "spoil" a newborn by holding them too much.

user banned Lesbos, Greece 95211 posts
12th Mar '13

Way too early.



He's a baby and still in the "fourth trimester" where he needs to accustom himself to life outside of the uterus. In order to do so, he needs to be held, made to feel secure, and safe. Hold him as much as possible; he'll be running out of your arms soon enough and then you'll regret not holding him more.

CountingBlue+3 3 kids; Bridgeton, MO, United States 3538 posts
12th Mar '13

He is way too young for that. Newborns are used to being inside of their moms, in a tight, warm, space. It takes them time to be okay on the outside of that environment. He will not need to be held forever, but probably for awhile longer. I would keep trying to put him down, but if he won't go for it, try swaddling him really well and maybe putting him somewhere smaller than a crib, I used a basinette with my little ones, they were okay with it. You could also try co-sleeping.

CJKB+JMB=AMB 1 child; Watertown, New York 2525 posts
12th Mar '13

Letting him cry it out is very harmful emotionally...

BareFootBabyMaker Due May 30 (boy); 2 kids; Springfield, Missouri 850 posts
12th Mar '13

Way too early...hes only been in this world for 6 weeks...hold him if thats what he wants! I let my son sleep in his swing a couple nights because that was the only place he would sleep without me holding him...welcome to all those sleepless nights you've heard about.