sitting in crib at night

Missy - posted on 03/18/2011 ( 10 moms have responded )

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When we put our son in his crib at night he will not lay down. He just sits in his crib. We know he is tired because he falls asleep while sitting up, but as soon as he starts to fall over he wakes up. We have tried to lay him but he cries and sits right back up. He does this for a couple of hours and then he will start screaming. We haven't change anything with our bedtime routine. Has this happened to anyone else? Does anyone have any suggestions of what we can do? Thanks

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Aimee - posted on 03/27/2011

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I would project something on the ceiling above his bed. When the lights are off he'll want to look up to see the images and probably lay down on his own. Target sells those turtles and ladybugs that project the constellation. Try that with some music playing quietly!

Janis - posted on 03/21/2011

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Have you spoken with his pediatrician? It sounds like he may have a sinus problem. He could have a problem with his ears, or nose. Was your son, C-section.
The wedge under the mattress can work, they sell them at babies R us for like $15 bucks. Or you can be cheap like me and use some books. LOL

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Natacha - posted on 03/30/2011

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My 1year old daughter does the same thing but eventually lays down by herself...sometimes she will take longer and I eventually pick her up and after two minutes of rocking her she falls right asleep and I lay her down.

Natacha - posted on 03/30/2011

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My 1year old daughter does the same thing but eventually lays down by herself...sometimes she will take longer and I eventually pick her up and after two minutes of rocking her she falls right asleep and I lay her down.

Mindy - posted on 03/29/2011

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Could it be an ear infection? Sometimes it hurts them to lay down with an infection.

Elise - posted on 03/26/2011

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When you confirm it is not an ear infection. Use telephone books to raise the bed at the head end and make sure when you tuck the blankets in at the bottom it does not make the foot end to much higher that his head.

Celeste - posted on 03/25/2011

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Maybe he needs some more cuddling time. I like Dr. Sear's sleep book. He's an advocate for co sleeping. We've been co-sleeping with our baby girl since about 6 months when she stopped wanting to be in her crib alone. I started it out of desperation, then decided I loved it so I read about it to make sure we were keeping her safe. I know there are a lot of people against this but you have to find what works for your baby and your family.

Connie - posted on 03/25/2011

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I would call the pediatrician just to have him checked. It could be nothing, but I would feel better if it was my child to start there. Best of luck to you. I know that must be heart breaking. :(

Kourtnay - posted on 03/25/2011

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We had the same problem with both of our girls. For us it was the girls trying to be independant and do what they wanted. It took a lot of persistance and patience but I would go in, lay her down, cover her up and leave. I would do this over and over. If I could get her to stay down, I would also pat her back to sooth and help calm. Sometimes this was enough, sometimes it wasn't but I just persisted and eventually they get the idea that it's time to sleep.

I agree with the other comments though and think you should make sure it's not an ear infection or sinus issue first.

Best of luck!

Mimi - posted on 03/18/2011

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Maybe you could get a wedge and elevate one end of his mattress. It might help.

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