How do you get your baby to sleep in their own room?

Jeanette - posted on 04/02/2012 ( 9 moms have responded )

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I am trying to transition my daughter out of her bassinet to her crib in her bedroom. We are not having much luck. She sleeps all night in her bassinet (from 11 til 6) but when she is in her crib in her room she wakes up at 1, at 2, at 4...sometimes more! You can usually give her a pacifier and she goes back to sleep for an hour or so. This is really hard on us since both my husband and have to work the next day! Any tips on how to make this work? She is almost too big for the bassinet so I am out of options.

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Lisa - posted on 04/12/2012

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Having the same issue.



My daughter is 10 months old and sleeps pretty well in her camper cot- as lomg as it is in our room. The moment we move it into her bedroom, she wakes up more often than usual and cannot go back to sleep by herself, I have tried to let her just cry herself to sleep, but that only results in her making herself so sick that she pukes, so back to our room she went. I would really like to get her into a pattern of sleeping in her own room and for at least 5- 6 hour stretches, right now it is broken into2-3hour stretches on a good night.

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Malyre - posted on 04/18/2014

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My son is 10 months old and it seems like he sleeps more consistent when he's cuddled up to me or his daddy. Last night I tried placing him in his crib but he just sat up and cried. I can't let him cry it out because the people I'm staying with would just complain and tell us he's not tired when he actually is. We have a little seahorse that glows and plays music that helps him sleep sometimes but lately the hardest part is getting him to stay in his bed and out of ours. What can I do?

Jeanette - posted on 05/29/2012

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Thank you all so much for your help. This has been an off and on process for months now. Each time we tried something crazy would happen like teething and we came down with a case of Hand Foot and Mouth which messed up our sleep patterns. We even bought a bigger bassinet to give us more time if we need it. I have learned my lesson and the next baby will go into their own room much earlier...even though it hard on mommy not having them next to her! We did make some progess last night. We put her in her crib at 10 and I only had to get up once to give her a pacifier and then she slept til 6:30! Let's hope she can keep this up...wish me luck!

Staci - posted on 05/21/2012

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It's all about consistency. When we moved Bella from her bassinet it was the exact same way, she was sleeping through the night in her bassinet and as soon as we put her in her room she was up every hour. The biggest thing I can say is start a routine and stick with it. It took Bella about a week but each night she got better and now she sleeps 10 hours a night sometimes more.

Jeanne - posted on 05/01/2012

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Hi Jeanette. Our baby slept in our room in her carseat for a while. When she was 4.5 months, we began moving her to her own room. We first had her sleep in her carseat in her room. She was still waking multiple times a night to nurse - and I was putting her to sleep nursing every time and transfering her asleep. I did everything the same, just moved her to her own room - and slept on the floor in her room with her. After a week or so, I moved her to her crib - doing everything the same just putting her in her crib instead of her carseat. I think I started with her first nap in the AM to put her in her crib. Can't remember! Then, I stopped sleeping in her room. I can't remember the exact order, but we did everything really gradually because our baby was still dealing with colic and reflux. But 5.5 months, she was sleeping in her crib in her room. When she was 5.5 months, and in her crib comfortably, we did Ferber sleep training. It worked but was sooooooooooooooo hard. When she started teething, it fell apart, but we are back on track now. When putting her down, I nurse her with white noise AND a soother playing soft music on and lights off, (this sound nuts, I know, but it worked). When she is done nursing, I put her down, turn on her mobile (lasts a few minutes only, it's wind-up). When the mobile ends, the soother music continues (it runs for a half hr) along with the white noise (which continues throughout the night/nap). Before 6 months, I would allow her to fall asleep nursing and then transfer her - but if I did that I had to wait at least 20 mins for her to be deeply asleep. Even then, sometimes she would wake and it would be a bad situation. Now, I have gotten to the point where I try not to let her fall asleep nursing unless it's a middle of the night feeding. Now, at 6.5 months, she is doing better. Can fall asleep on her own for naps, and usually (though we have bad nights) she wakes only once around 4 to eat and goes back to sleep. Every baby is different of course, but we had such a hard time, I thought sharing what I did might help. The soother I use is a butterfly with lights and sound. I do not use the lights. Good luck! http://www.target.com/p/Summer-Infant-Sl...

Bobbie - posted on 04/16/2012

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Here goes the hard news. You just have to let them cry as long as they have all their needs met. They need to learn to comfort themselves. If they cry and mommy or daddy show up then they will continue to train you. I know this for a fact because I picked my oldest daughter up when she cried and she did control us. We let our youngest daughter cry a few nights and she learned to comfort herself. It can be a tough week or two but it works.

Fiona - posted on 04/09/2012

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We just did the same move with our son. To make the process easier I moved the bedding out of the bassinet into the crib and set the crib up in our room, then after a week-ish we took the bassinet bedding out and about 2 weeks later we moved the crib into his own room. He loves his crib now.

Becky - posted on 04/05/2012

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Both of my boys had this issue when moving from a small crib to the big one. It seemed to be a comfort/heat thing. The larger crib isn't as warm and snuggly - so I put winter jammies on them to give more of the swaddling effect. It only took a couple of days until they had adjusted. I will say my boys are bigger so this was necessary at 2-3 months of age. Good luck!

Rebekah - posted on 04/04/2012

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Did you try the bassinet in her room for a little while? Or let her nap in the crib for a few days?



My son has always been in his own room, but we did have to transition him from Fisher Price Rock and Play Sleeper to crib. At first, he would do the same thing-- wake every hour or two. It went on for about a week and I just could not survive waking that frequently. His pediatrician told us to put him down for the night and not return until it had been 7 hours. I did not have the heart (or lack of heart) to do that, but I did start making sure I was giving him the opportunity to fall back to sleep on his own. So, if he woke after an hour, I'd let him fuss himself back to sleep (with no more than 10 minutes of hard crying). Eventually, he learned to feel comfortable and safe in the large, flat, crib and now sleeps and plays in it happily. When he wakes in the night now, I know he's hungry. That might not be the solution for everyone, but it worked good for my son. He's never slept all night, but he is back to sleeping 5-7 hours stretches.

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