How do I get my baby to sleep in his crib?

Anahi - posted on 07/04/2009 ( 6 moms have responded )

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I was having trouble nursing, nipple confusion and all, so the pediatrician recommended to co sleep. Now my baby is nursing fine but he won't sleep in his crib any suggestion or advice?

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Jennifer - posted on 07/06/2009

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I wish there was one way that works for everyone - but there isn't - Do what is the most comfortable for you, but I highly advise getting baby to sleep in the crib. I did not do this with my first two, (now 8 and 6) and I didn't get to sleep through the night until they were two. My third one, was in the bassinet for a few weeks, then in her own room in her own bed. I also do not recommend a monitor if you are on the same floor. Baby will call you loud enough if you are really needed.

Lis - posted on 07/05/2009

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Moving our baby from our bed to her own crib (about a year old) was the hardest part of parenting so far, (she is 14 now). We tried lots of things and eventually let her cry it out (couple hours of crying the first night, only one hour the second night, not too long the third night and barely a whimper after that.) I hated hearing her cry and it felt very wrong. My husband and I cried more than her. But we stuck to our guns and it worked. Once you make a rule, stick with it or you undo your efforts and confuse the child. With our second baby, we only let her come to our bed in the mornings. With the third, we used the techniques spelled out in the book "The Baby Whisperer". This was a much kinder approach, took a little longer, but also worked. Pick up the baby every time they cry but put them back down AS SOON AS they stop crying. It could be 50 times or more before they stop crying, but by the third day, they learned what you want. Remember, you can train the baby. Don't let the baby train you.

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Cathy - posted on 07/05/2009

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Have you tried putting him into the crib during the day when he naps. I started putting my son into crib during the day for his naps and transitioned him from bassinet in our bedroom to crib in his room. He didn't have a problem sleeping there when he was 2 1/2 months old.

Wendy - posted on 07/04/2009

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Co sleeping can mean a lot of lost sleep for some parents. It works for some, and not for others. I know I almost get knocked out of bed nightly because my husband has such vivid dreams, so it was NEVER an option with our son. Although I would suggest, moving a crib beside your bed if you can - not a bassinet, because then you ahev to deal with bassinet to crib - and slowly transition from bed to crib, and then once baby is comfortable in crib, try moving the crib into babys own room

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