How can I get my 9 1/2 mth old to sleep in his bedroom in his crib?

Teresa - posted on 10/27/2009 ( 5 moms have responded )

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My son sleeps fine in our bedroom in a playpen next to our bed but as soon as he is in his crib for the night or for a nap, he wakes up and screams his head off until my husband or I go get him. I have even tried to let him play in his crib to get him use to being in the crib but he just starts freaking out. I just don't know how to get him out of our bedroom and back in his room in his bed.

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Maybe try using it for daytime sleeps and give lots of cuddles and kisses when he goes to sleep in there, even if it was only for a few minutes. If you can, you could sleep on the floor in his room while he is in the cot at night, over just a few nights get closer and closer to the door, eventually just outside his room and then back in your own bed. Maybe even try moving his play pen closer and closer to his own room, then gradually transfer him to his cot over a few nights. Best of luck!

Pia - posted on 11/04/2009

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If you want him to get used to his cot keep putting him in the cot with toys and stay in the room and play with him through the bars. Hopefully he'll learn that it isn't a scary place to be if you keep trying that.

As for trying to get him to sleep at night, why don't you try getting in the cot with him and giving him a cuddle in there for a while? It's a nice relaxing time for you and hopefully it will help him relax him and get him to sleep. Maybe lie in there and read a book together or cuddle him while singing him a song or something. Some babies also like noise to sleep too, so try some music or white noise in the backgroud.

Wendy - posted on 11/03/2009

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I had the same problem. What I did was put the crib mattress beside our bed with the bumper pads around it so he was safe and secure. We did this for a couploe weeks so he got use to the extra space and the feel of the mattress and he was still somewhere he was familiar with, once he was ok on that we put it back in his room in the frame and sleeps pretty good now. Its probably just the fact he cant hear you and doesnt feel comfortable. You just have to make him feel like its safe. Put something that smells like you around the crib as well works.

Brandie - posted on 10/27/2009

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I started out with my son playing music for him in his room. It actually helps him sleep too.

Claire - posted on 10/27/2009

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i had this trouble wiv my daughter in the end i had to be stick and leave her to cry some nites it lasted 2 hrs but it took me 2 weeks to keep up with it and now 9 months on she goes to bed wen she tired she takes my hand and pulls me up the stairs

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