Mom Help

March 10, 2009 at 3:30 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | 12 Comments

Alright mom’s I need some advice. When August was first born he had a hard time sleeping until we bought this sleep positioner. He loves this thing!


He sleeps on his side but has obviously outgrown this positioner. He has a very difficult time falling asleep on his back but will fall straight to sleep on his side. He is to big for this and at night rolls over the sides and wakes up. We are currently waking about about 5-6 times a night (every night). I am at a loss. Should I try and find another positioner to help him sleep on his side or do I just quit it cold turkey? I know he can’t use this thing forever but he LOVES it.

Any ideas? We are loosing sleep and I am afraid it will develop into a habit of waking up a lot during the night time but it is so difficult to get him to sleep without it. What would you do?



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  1. OK, you’re not going to like this but… ditch the positioner. The sooner you get rid of it the sooner he will get used to being without it. Can you imagine finding a positioner big enough for a teenager?! Ha ha. J/K But seriously… he probably does need to get used to sleeping without it at this point. But this is coming from a mom who did not rock her son to sleep, nor give him anything to lull him to sleep, we didn’t want him to rely on any of that and he’s an excellent sleeper! 12 hours a night from age 2 mos. So I guess my harshness paid off… 😉

  2. Try for a night without the positioner, he may surprise you. 🙂 Anna typically falls asleep on her side (then — when she used to — sleeps on her back), but since she’s been rolling quite a bit, she’s begun waking up startled & upset on her belly. So during her naps I have been working with getting her comfortable on her belly (rubbing her back, laying her head down, etc) so when she wakes up at night on her belly she isn’t so alarmed. It is working great for us. Use naptime to help him practice sleeping for the nighttime! If he’s rolling, show him how to roll back over; or maybe rub his belly if he’s on his back, or rub his back if he’s on his belly. Just some thoughts!

  3. i think the only obvious answer here is to let him start sleeping in the bed with you and bushy. i mean, come on! everyone would get a good night’s sleep! 😉 hahaha.

  4. I say ditch it too. Easier now than later. This is why we ditched Cayden’s paci – he would wake up all the time in the night b/c it fell out and so we realized our lives were miserable with lack of sleep and we took it away. We had a few rough nights, but after that it was all good!

    Better for them to learn how to get themselves to sleep without needing anything to do it. It will be hard now, but believe me it pays off!


  5. I’m with the others…ditch it. It was a great tool for awhile but now little man has to figure out how to put himself back to sleep at night…it WILL get better…I PROMISE! And if not, I will just move in with you and take the night shift.

  6. I don’t know…my first thought was, “Find a bigger positioner!” 🙂 I’m a little bit of a softy…Gramm slept with his positioner for a while and then he slept swaddled till he was around August’s age…I guess it probably would be good to just get rid of it, but it makes me feel a little sorry for August. What I would probably do is take the positioner away and replace it with some comfort item…a burp rag, a small taggie blanket, etc. Something that is not a suffocation hazard and is easy to take with you if he gets attached to it.

  7. Hi Maris,

    I don’t know if you remember me or not, but I’m Angel, Ginger’s old neighbor…the one whose bath water used to end up in her apartment. 🙂 We met once on your way from Tennesee to Austin. I check your blog from time to time and love seeing pics of August.

    Anyway…I thought I’d submit my comments as a Newborn Care Specialist. At this point, the best thing you can do is stop using the positioner and simply allow August to learn to sleep without any sleep props. Basic rule…it takes 3 days to break a habit or 3 days to build a new habit. It sounds like you are already losing sleep, so three more night of adjusting to a new way of doing things is a small sacrifice. The best gift you can give August is the skill of sleeping well.

    I would be more than happy to answer any questions you may have regarding sleep habits. Just email me…

    Angel Crow, CNCS

  8. I would probably take away the sleep positioner, too. He’s probably so close to being about to roll over and get himself in the position he wants to be in.

  9. Thanks so much for all of your comments. I have taken it away- it has not been a fun couple of days. On top of that he has his first cold. Yayy! We will make it. Thanks!

  10. Let us know how it goes, Maris! 🙂

  11. my little one was born sept 8, so she’s just 6 months & since she can roll over well on her own, she can start out on her belly & then flip through the night if she wishes – it’s great!

  12. I know it’s been a while since you posted this and you probably figured something out already, but I wanted to recommend a book that worked for us. It’s called the Sleepeasy Solution. It’s sleep training without making them cry-it-out or having any sleep aids (like the positioner) that won’t always be there. We started using their methods and Sam was sleeping through the night (10.5 – 11.5 hours) within a week. Of course, we still have some rough patches (especially now that he’s teething again), but he gets right back on schedule the next night.

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