Logan won't sleep in his crib!

Gabrielle - posted on 09/21/2009 ( 10 moms have responded )

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Hi Moms!! I am having a semi crisis with my little man. He is 10 weeks old today and will NOT sleep in his crib at all. Now when he first came home from the hospital for the first few weeks- it wasn't a problem. Now I can feed him, change him, get him to sleep and then the minute I put him in his crib or on the bed or couch to nap, his eyes pop open!!! He won't sleep in the car seat either - Only in the swing. But check this out - whenever we go away from home, he sleeps in the car seat with no problem. And when he stays away from home - he will sleep on a bed or wherever they put him to nap with no issues. It's like he knows when he's home - He is too smart for his own good!! What in the world can I do???? He loves the swing but I want him to sleep in his crib!

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Tiffannie - posted on 09/22/2009

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We had the same problem I finally just had to give up,we were both getting miserable and no sleep! so now I nurse her, read her a story, sing a couple of songs, and talk to her in a soft voice for a few mins until she is yawning and rubbing her eyes, I lay her in her crib when she is sleepy but not sleeping and let her cry it out for a little while( just the first few times) she falls asleep and now has no problem with the crib, they have to learn to self soothe... it just takes time

Christina - posted on 09/22/2009

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I agree, it takes time, but you have to let him soothe his self in the crib. Put the child in the crib when they are nodding off, not asleep. The reason why he is not sleeping in his crib is because he fell asleep on you. You not only changed his positioning but the temperature in which he fell asleep at. THey may cry when you put them to sleep, but as long as you check on them to make sure they are alright, they will eventually soothe themselves and fall asleep in the crib on their own. I have 4 children and have had to do it with all 4 of mine. Don't give in and go back to the way it was, you are only going to have to start all over again. Stick with it and it will pay off in the end. Start by doing this for nap time.

Dina - posted on 09/22/2009

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My little girl was the same way in the beginning. She would sleep through all family get togethers- but had a hard time at home. I finally figured it out- I think all the voices were soothing to her. I read the book Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child and that helped me out greatly. Here is a routine that worked for her: when she got up, we would play for the 1st hour, whether she was in her bouncy, or we would sing, read, etc... Then when she seemed tired, we would play quietly on the floor. I noticed her tired cues were- a sudden calmness, disinterest in what we were doing, or she would start sucking her thumb. Then I would place her in the crib. Many times, it didn't work. Then one day, I would get one nap in the crib. The next day, I might not. * She did have no prob. sleeping at night in her crib, however. I kept trying and eventually she got it! Now she sleeps 12 hours at night and takes 2 or 3 naps in the crib. As she got older, I started getting better at reading her tired cues. I also kept a journal of times I put her down for a nap, or what hours we played etc.. to try to figure out her pattern. At around 4 months of age, we were able to figure out what works best for her.

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Mandy - posted on 09/22/2009

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there is nothing wrong with your baby sleeping in the swing. as long as he sleeps.

Gabrielle - posted on 09/22/2009

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Thank you so much ladies for all the advice! I'm going to try putting him down for naps in his crib and just gradually work our way up hopefully. I guess if he really loves the swing then it can't be bad............ I did read somewhere that when babies sleep in car seats that their blood oxygen level is lower - I don't know if that applies to swings but it gave me a scare.

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I'll just add my voice to Mandy's. CIO is not appropriate or recommended for a 10-week-old. I personally don't think there's anything wrong with letting your little guy sleep in a swing, if that's what works for him right now. My little guy's sleep habits changed so quickly -- used to be swing, then on one of us, only nursing to sleep, now at one year it's something else.

Swaddling can be very helpful, but 10-week-olds aren't especially predictable. Good luck.

Mandy - posted on 09/22/2009

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letting him cry it out at 10 weeks old isnt the right thing to do. my son did this. i carried him around for a long time. have you tried a sling? if you baby will sleep in his swing, i would let him sleep there. he will grow out of it. my son used to only sleep on his bouncer, but now he sleeps in his crib. i put him to sleep in my arms, it takes 5 minutes, then lay him down.

CIO is a cruel and unkind way to put your baby to sleep, especially at the wee age of 10 weeks old. he needs to feel safe, not to feel like he should give up on you coming to give him a cuddle.



one thing that has helped robbie sleep is i have wrapped my dressing gown around him. it smells like me and is fluffy and warm.

there are lots of side affects that show later in life to do with CIO method. would be happy to share what i know with you if you want.

Christina - posted on 09/22/2009

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I had the same problem with my daughter. She had acid reflux and I had to have her propped but she didn't like her crib propped so I put her in the swing and that was the only place she would sleep. I was freaking out thinking she will never sleep in her crib. She would do the same thing your son does. It wasn't until she was 4 months that I just made her sleep in there. She would cry but it wouldn't take long for her to finally fall asleep and this went on for maybe a week or so. Don't worry. He will eventually sleep in his crib. It just takes time. Try laying him in there when he is awake so he gets used to it and lay him in there for naps and let him fuss a little and then go get him. good luck. I feel your pain.

Stephanie - posted on 09/21/2009

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in addition to emma's good suggestions,
what's around his crib? maybe something's too bright or interesting. also, only put him to sleep in his crib for a while, if you can. so he starts to associate the crib with sleeping.

Emma-jane - posted on 09/21/2009

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try a warm bed time bath a warm bottle then rap him in a blanket so hes snugled up not to tite rock him in your arms till he nods off then put him down see if that works it works with my kids because they still think there being cuddled hope this helps xx good luck

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