Getting baby to nap in his crib - does CIO work??

Erica - posted on 06/05/2012 ( 2 moms have responded )

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I am trying to get my 5m 3w son to take naps in his crib. So far I have been rocking and nursing him until he is asleep, then putting him down in his crib. Half the time he wakes up when I put him down. I will be going back to work in the fall (sub teacher), and need him to self-soothe to sleep. I am now trying the method of letting him cry for a while, then going in and patting him but not picking him up. This is awful!! Does this work? Someone please tell me he isn't going to end up hating me!!

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COMIS - posted on 06/05/2012

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Yes, it does work, but I suggest doing what we did. We waited 5 min, then went in and soothed him (rubbed his back and said shhhh in a low voice). Then we would wait 10 min, 15 min, etc. It took about 3 nights and our son learned that we are still there but it is sleepy time. Some kids just wake up more if their parents come into the room. Our son still will cry halfway through his nap, but I know that if I went up there he would wake up versus if I don't he will sleep another hour. That extra hour is waaay better for both of us. Good luck!

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Kelina - posted on 06/05/2012

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where was he sleeping previously? do your research and come up with something that works for you, with a baby this young, I really wouldn't recommend CIO. There are modified methods that might work better for you. One thing I found was my son would half open his eyes within about 5 seconds of me putting him down. If I was there he would wake up, if I wasn't, he would just go to sleep. So getting him to sleep in his own bed involved me putting him down then hiding for thirty seconds. If he was co-sleeping perviously you might also want to look into other methods.

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