sleeping in crib

Amanda - posted on 02/26/2009 ( 15 moms have responded )

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I am having a hard time getting my son to sleep in his crib at night. He will sleep for a bout an hour, and then wakes up screaming. I get him to calm down and fall back asleep, but that isnt the end of it. All he wants is to be picked up and sleep in my bed. Anyone have any ideas? I get so tired at night i just give in. But i dont want this to go on anymore. I would love to sleep by myself for once.He is now 10 months old

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Kelle - posted on 02/28/2009

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My daughter recently started doing this and after we tried EVERYTHING the only thing we could get to work is to trick her!  We put her to sleep in our bed and when she is really out (in about 20 minutes) we pick her up and put her in her crib.  She sleeps all night and I have to wake her the next morning!!  If she wakes up in the middle of the night I give her a second and she screams out but then lays back down.  We had to let her cry it out one night before doing this and it has worked ever since.  We also wait until she is so tired she can't keep her eyes open to put her to bed.  If we try to put her down at a set time she will be up three or four times before midnight.  I hope this helps!  I promise, you are not alone.  =)

Elisa - posted on 02/27/2009

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I did the cry it out method with all three of my children and it really does work. I started it when they were born and have never had one sleep issue. They all slept through the night starting at around two months. I have learned that when they fall asleep on their own they sleep more sound and when they wake up at night they know how to put themselves back to sleep. The best way I think to start the cry it out method is to establish a predictable night time routine. For us it was bath, and a bottle. I would sit with them in their bedrooms with the lights dim while I gave them the last bottle of the day and then after a few goodnight kisses I would lay them down and cover them up. I would say goodnight and leave. The crying starts when you leave the room and you let it go on for 10 min. You go back in and rub their backs, tell them it's ok, go night night, etc. and then leave again. I repeated this pattern until they stopped crying. Eventually, they will. It only lasts for a few days and then they only whine for like a minute or less. My ten month old lets out about three loud wails and then lays down for the night. It's harder on you than it is for them but if you believe that it is what's best for your child you can do anything. It might help to have someone there for support to keep you from giving in on the first few nights. The good side to this method is that my kids will sleep in any bed anytime but the bad side is they don't sleep very well in the car or a stroller if we are out. I limit my time out so that the baby can get in her naps but it is better than the alternative! Hope that helps.

Rachelle - posted on 02/27/2009

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just put him in his crib i know its hard i had so much trouble with it it just broke my heart but i knew it had to happen...she never slept with us but she wouldn't sleep through the night..it'll be hard but i promise you it is all worth it when he starts to sleep in his bed you be able to havae a better sleep at night... and it is better to get him in that routine before he turns 1

Lauren - posted on 02/27/2009

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Daniel sleeps through the night in our bed, it is only in his crib that he won't stay asleep!!

Traci - posted on 02/27/2009

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There is another good thing about getting babies to sleep through the night. After they've been sleeping through the night for awhile, you know that when they cry it's because there is actually something wrong- like teething. Before I did the cry it out method with Zoe I would almost lose my mind wondering if she was crying because she wanted to sleep with me or if there was something wrong.

Rachelle - posted on 02/27/2009

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i did the cry it our method it took about a month everynight i would get her once hold her for about 10 mins so she wouldn't cry herself into hystarics then right back to bed she would cry again and then give up this went on and on for a month and now she goes to sleep whenever i want i put her in bed and she goes right to sleep....she is in bed at 6 at night sometimes wakes up becuz her teeth so i will go get her, let her play for 10 or 15 mins then pick her up tell her its time for bed (everytime) and she will go back to sleep and sleep the night....just make sure when you take them out of bed its not for longer than 15 mins and when you put them back to bed you tell its time for bed goodnight...i m telling you they understand it. hope it works

Traci - posted on 02/27/2009

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Unfortunately if he knows you will eventually give in he'll scream forever. I had to use the cry it out method with my daughter and it was definately tough but after a few days she learned and she's doing great now. Just go in every 10 minutes or so, rub his back to let him know you are still there and then leave again. Don't pick him up! Trust me, it'll be worth it- my nephew is 5 and still crawling into bed with his mom because she still gives in and she gets no sleep. Hope this helps!

Glendeen - posted on 02/27/2009

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My daughter is 10 months and is the very same way .. so I can't help ya lol .. but  just wanted to say :) I tried the cry it out metod and couldn't do it .. it was so hard ... do you think I should stick it out .. would you/have you tried it?

Kaci - posted on 02/26/2009

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could be teething my son is getting his back teeth in and he does that as well i reccommend teething tablets they are in the baby isle at wal-mart

Lauren - posted on 02/26/2009

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I am having the same problem, he sleeps for about an hour and if he wakes up he will not go back to sleep in their!  I would love and suggestions!

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