when to sleep in own crib?

Elisabeth - posted on 04/14/2010 ( 23 moms have responded )

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My 5 week old son presently sleeps in an arms reach co- sleeper next to my bed. When should i start to move him in to his own crib? At times he does nap in there so i don't think he minds. I just don't know when would be a good time to start having him sleep there at night. He is starting to sleep for longer periods at night, but still not "through the night", which i am guessing means a five hour stretch.

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Heidi - posted on 04/15/2010

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my lil girls 4 weeks and shes beeen in a moses basket since she been born she proberly go in to her cot around 3 months old is that any help?

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User - posted on 05/01/2010

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Both of my kids went straight into their crib from the hospital. I swaddled both of then and used a Boppy Pillow to lay them on/in making them feel more secure. I have a baby monitor in their room and the other half in my room. My oldest is 2 yrs old.

Gayle - posted on 04/29/2010

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My pediatrician recommended tying one of my shirts to the crib or bassinet so that she can still smell me when she is sleeping... i actually swaddle her bottom half with my shirt and it has been helping her sleep more and be less fussy when i put her down....

Katelyn - posted on 04/28/2010

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my daugher is 2 monts old now and she has been sleeping in her crib since she was 3-4 weeks old. she transitioned very well. i have a music mobile that she likes to watch that and i also have soft music play all night. she goes to bed about 10 and wakes up around 6 to eat and then sleeps til about 9.

Kristen - posted on 04/28/2010

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My daughter is 6 weeks old and before she was born, i planned to have her sleep in the bassinet in our room and then transition into her crib. Well that obviously didn't happen! She wound up co-sleeping with us which i was highly against until she arrived and just a week and half ago i tried to put her in her crib and she had a fit. I knew it wasn't the openess because she was fine sleeping on her half of our bed wide open. Then I had to try and make things work for her, so after several attempts and a few modifications to her room, she sleeps wonderfully! She needs a nightlight and music playing to sleep. I am fine with that since it allows me to have my bed again! She sleeps between 4-6 hour stretches in her crib.

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yeah...there is no way that my son would fall asleep in the crib on his own (or probably anywhere else) at this point. we just let him fall asleep in our arms and then once he is deep asleep, we put him down in the crib. it has to be my husband that puts him down b/c if it's me, he wakes up right away. i've been told that they should fall asleep wherever they are going to wake up, but i'm not ready to let him cry it out yet...

Brittany - posted on 04/25/2010

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Our son is almost 6 weeks old and until just two days ago refused to fall asleep in anything but our arms. We tried a bassinet and he would cry and spit up. We tried the crib and had the same result. So he has been co sleeping with us. It is the only time he would lay on his back without crying. But, as previously stated he fell asleep on his own finally. It was in an infant rocker that vibrates, so maybe someday there is hope I will be able to put him into his crib.

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my son is 7 1/2 weeks old...i was planning to keep him in the bassinet next to my bed for about three months, but wound up moving him into the crib in his room about a week ago because he got too long for the bassinet (b/c we had a sleep positioner in it and he would scoot down and then his feet would hang over the edge)... so far so good, but the longest he has slept at a time is about 4 or 4 1/2 hours....

Leanne - posted on 04/19/2010

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My daughter is currently in a Moses basket or her bassinet but in her room and we use the monitor. I was planning on transition to the bigger space of the crib around 3 months but it may be around 2 as I find because she is very long, she doesn't have the space to stretch as much anymore.

Rebecca - posted on 04/18/2010

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My little boy started in a co-sleeper. When he was a month old we started having him nap in his crib to see how he did. We actually had him sleeping in it through the night (meaning for 5 hours) within a couple days. Its your call. Whatever you feel comfortable with. BTW his crib is at the head of our bed, still within reach.

Amber - posted on 04/18/2010

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My son is a month and a half old and will not goto sleep unless 1. he is in my arms or 2. I must be right next to him. He will not sleep in the bassinet or his crib. I know this will make some moms mad but the truth is he sleeps in bed with me and my husband. He has his own positioner. He just won't sleep anywhere eles. I try so hard putting him in his crib but he wakes up everytime! He must sense that i am not next to him. I want to break him of this but at the same time i don't want to deal with a crying baby in the middle of the night when i am sleepy myself. I don't know what to do.

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My son is five weeks. I've been putting him in his crib for naps during the day. At first, he hated it and wouldn't sleep...too much openness, I'm sure. So my aunt suggested laying him against the side of the crib somewhat propped up on his side. I think he feels like he's still laying up against someone, and he'll sleep like this for hours.

Jennel - posted on 04/17/2010

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My two started in the bassenet in our room with my first dd she was out of our room but still in the bassenet when she was 4 weeks into the cot when she was three months no troubles. with my ds he is 4 weeks tomorow and i had him out of our room and straight into the Cot just the other day he is bigger and is a hot baby and i am finding he is sleeping better in the cot but only still does three hour streaches, i have not had trouble with him wakeing up my dd and she is right across the hall from him, if she does wake i just tell her its still night and take her back to bed, she is very good and crawls back into bed and goes to sleep she is a dream but i can see he is not going to be.

Mary - posted on 04/17/2010

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I never invested in a bassinet or co-sleeper. I have had the crib in my room and she sleeps well in there

Anna - posted on 04/16/2010

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Hi. My daughter is a little over 6 weeks old and has been sleeping in her crib for the last two weeks. Before that she was in a bassinet that was right next to my bed. She can be a noisy sleeper which was getting really disturbing at night. I was always afraid that she would wake up my husband, who has to go to work in the morning, so I would run to her at the first sign of her waking up (although most of the time it was nothing). Now I use a baby monitor and only go to her when she actually needs me. Now my husband gets a good night rest, and I sleep a lot better in between feedings as well. She has a pretty consistent schedule, but when it gets thrown off I have the hardest time putting her back in her crib. On nights like these I put her in bed with me in the guest bedroom and we both sleep with me holding her.

Lisa - posted on 04/16/2010

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I was told by an RN that they suggest having the baby in your room until 6 months of age, but not to ever put them in your bed. Now I disagree with this 6 months mark. I transitioned my oldest now 18 months into her crib at 2.5 months when she started making it though the night at longer intervals. She has been in her crib ever since and has had no issues, but I have never had her close to me or in sight of me when she slept in the bassinet and has never been in my bed; and had always napped in the crib. I plan on transitioning my 1 month old in about a month or so, I just want to make sure that she is going for a longer period of time in the night because her room is beside my older daughters room and I do not wish for her to wake the other during night feedings.

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My little guy has been in his crib since he was about 2 weeks old, we use a baby monitor which works very well for us. What a blessing that has been not having to do any transitions. He'll sleep there for one nap a day (I snuggle for the other ones :) and he goes down usually around 10-11 pm and gets up at about 5-5:30. My biggest concern was him waking up my daughter, but that really hasn't happened at all. Good luck with your transitions. Just a note, my daughter (now 5) was fussy right after going into her crib and it was the mattress. Baby might need a firmer mattress. When I transitioned my daughter finally (about 3-4 mos) I put the mattress from the pack n play that she had been sleeping in, in the crib for a while to get her used to it. Once she was used to the openness of the crib (on the comfort of her familiar mattress) I removed the pack n play mattress. Worked like a charm.

Erin - posted on 04/16/2010

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My little boy is 6 weeks old and he is still an arms reach from me as well. I've started putting him in his crib for naps but same as Cortney above he gets pretty fussy after a few minutes.

I am going to start putting him in his crib at night starting next week (he will be 7 weeks). I think it will be hard for a couple of nights, but once I go back to work I think it will be best in the long run. I would also like to be intimate with my husband again without the sound of my son (as much as love him) sleeping next to us.

Cortney - posted on 04/15/2010

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I think I made a big mistake in co-sleeping.. he is a month old and when I try to put him in his crib for naps he gets fussy within a couple of minutes.. I don't even know where to start with getting him to sleep in his crib overnight.

Elisabeth - posted on 04/15/2010

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I like the idea of the 3 month marker. I am also still doing night feedings. He is also a noisy sleeper, so i am sure if i transitioned him now i would be up a great deal more just to check on him! Thanks ladies.

Melodie - posted on 04/15/2010

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My baby girl at almost 6 weeks is still in bassinet. I don't know when i plan to put her in crib.For now I like her in bassinet as she is still up 2-3 times a night and she is close to me ( I dont have to walk as far to her when i'm half asleep lol)

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