Baby won't sleep in the crib for daytime naps - help!

Shelly - posted on 01/28/2009 ( 10 moms have responded )

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My daughter Melody is 7 months 1 week old and she has never taken a nap in her crib. She'll sleep at night in her crib no problem, but as soon as I lay her down during the day she wakes up crying. Any suggestions on how to get her to sleep in the crib for daytime naps?

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Lauren - posted on 02/02/2009

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We are having the same problem.  We are in the process of ordering room darkening shades...I don't know if that will help yet though!! lol  I will have to try being patient and rocking and laying him back down...or a naptime routine as one of you mentioned.  Its hard to know what each child needs,,,they are all so different!

Shelly - posted on 02/01/2009

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Thanks for the input everyone!  Sounds like we just have to be persistent :)

Kate - posted on 01/31/2009

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My little one will only nap on my lap- but nurses and goes right to bed at night in his crib! It puts a huge damper on the short amount of time I could be getting things done around the house "baby free". I'm glad to hear that other moms are having the same issue!

JESS - posted on 01/31/2009

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Repeat Repeat Repeat. I had the same problem with my son. I could put him in the swing, on the couch, on my bed, on the floor no problem; but forget his crib. I started with one nap a day in crib....varried from 5 min to 1 hr before he fussed. then two naps... eventually he liked the quietness of his room. the mobile helped at first to distract him... now i have a "naptime cd" i play at naptime. i kinda have a nap routine as well as a nite routine haha. but hey, it works; and i get some stuff done around the house more often!

Allie - posted on 01/30/2009

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Hi Shelly!
We had this exact same problem! We were just consistent, like Michelle, always putting her back into the crib...trying to convince her that she could nap there too! It took a long time but my husband was a huge help! I was bad and would give in the odd time, which did me no favors! :D

Shelly - posted on 01/29/2009

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Thanks Michelle - I'll try what you suggested. And I'll try to be patient with it!

Michelle - posted on 01/29/2009

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We had this problem when we first moved our son to his crib after using the co-sleeper. Whenever he would wake up I would rock/nurse him until he fell back asleep then put him back in the crib. I had to do this MANY times until he got the message that that's where he sleeps now. I would do it for as long as the nap should last and then just let him wake up and play. Now he sleeps just fine there! Good luck!

Shelly - posted on 01/28/2009

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I've tried different locations in the house for her naps, but if she's alone it doesn't work. She'll only nap while nursing on my lap, or if I lay down in bed with her and she nurses to sleep, or if she's moving in the stroller or car.



At night I nurse her and put her in her crib and she's fine. I find this very strange!

Carrie - posted on 01/28/2009

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i have the opposite problem as my daughter naps in the crib but won't sleep there at night. not sure why she doesn't want to nap there.. maybe she just needs a different place to differentiate day and night.. sorry i am of no help

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