How do I get my son to sleep in his crib again?

Tara - posted on 01/23/2013 ( 4 moms have responded )

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My son is 6 months old. He was sleeping in his crib great since he was 3 months old. He would always sleep the whole way through the night, maybe once in a while I had to get up and put his nuk back in his mouth and he would fall right back to sleep. Recently, he got sick with the flu, and he wouldn't sleep without someone holding him, and he had to sleep in bed between me and his dad. He is now better, but he won't go back into his crib. As soon as he is asleep and his head hits the crib, he is wide awake and screaming. The only way I can get him to sleep in the crib is to wrap him up tight like they did in the hospital and lay him down slowly, without any sudden movements. Even after that, he will still wake up 30-45 minutes later, screaming. So I have to get out of bed, wrap him up again, and do the same thing all over again. And it goes on constanly throughout the night. Eventually, that doesn't even work anymore, so I have to put him in bed with us anyway, still wrapped up, to get him to sleep. And I don't even have to be touching him while he is sleeping with us, and he will sleep for hours. What can I do to get him to sleep in his crib again, without having to wrap him up, just like he was sleeping before? I really need help.

PS: where we live, letting him cry himself to sleep is not an option at the moment.

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FoxyMom - posted on 01/24/2013

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Had to let my son cry it out a bit also. He want's to sleep with you, which isn't really safe. So think of it like this, you put him in the crib, he crys a bit, you pick him back up and put him in your bed, he gets what he wants. Babys aren't stupid and learn how to push buttons at an early age. So really he's conditions that cry in crib=sleep in mommys bed.

Also, something that worked was to let my son sleep in his bouncy seat. he went through a spell that nothing worked and I put him in this and sat it in the crib and he slept great. Dr said as long as it's secure then it should be fine. My step daughter had to sleep like this when she had a cold to help left her head so she wouldn't lay flat.

Shawnee - posted on 01/24/2013

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I know this is going to sound barbaric, but have you ever let him cry for a little while? I used to be so against that but it was only way my daughter would go to sleep sometimes without me right there. I never let it go on more then a few minutes, and after a while of doing that i could tell her cries of almost asleep to, sorry mom im not going to sleep cries. It really sucks, but otherwise she would just stay awake forever if i didnt. it upto you if you would be up for doing that, i know it was really hard for me to do.

Shawnee - posted on 01/23/2013

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had the same issue pretty much. What really helps is keeping his room very warm, and also was a miracle for me was placing one of my dirty shirts that smelled like me next to my baby. She used to cuddle upto it like she was snuggling to me. When placing him in his crib feel if the crib is cold, takes a lot of body temp to heat our beds up so they are cozy. You could try laying a heating pad down while you take care of him and then REMOVING it and laying him down, so the bed is kept warm while you are taking care of him.

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