2 month old from bed to crib???

Monica - posted on 01/28/2010 ( 19 moms have responded )

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Any tips for transferring 2 month old from my bed to crib? I'm breastfeeding.

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Raven - posted on 01/28/2010

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We co-sleep. You cannot 'spoil' a baby until they are 6 months old. That being said, you do want to try and transition them to their own bed a little before that time. This is what I do with my children... I do not nap with them after 2 weeks of age. I let them nap in the bouncer or swing, but not being held. Around 4 months I start putting them in the bassinet, right next to my bed, for naps. When that is going well, usually a few weeks, I will start them in the bassinet at night, and when they wake up for the first feeding they come in to bed with me for the rest of the night. Around 6 months I start the same transition to their crib in their own room... Starting with napping in there, when they are sleeping in there at night, I only have to get up once to nurse around 4 or 5am, then they do back to sleep in the crib. This worked very well for my older daughter and I am starting the bassinet transition with my 4 month old daughter. Co-sleeping is not a bad thing, in fact a lot of doctors recommend it, IF it's done correctly.

Demetria - posted on 01/28/2010

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First, if your baby sleeps in your bed as an infant this does not mean that they can never sleep on their own. Seen Supernanny? That woman gets kids that are ten to sleep on their own. Second, co-sleeping.... well I believe mommy and daddy need time alone to cuddle. Having a baby is great, but I don't believe you should put the baby above all else. My 4 month old slept in the bed with us until she was two months old, then... miraculously my mother got her to sleep on her own. Her secret... SWADDLE! I mean straight-jacket swaddle. Target sells swaddling blankets that have like spandex in them and are miracles. Swaddle like your locking up an nutcase and you should be able to sleep peacefully. The first couple of nights she may wake up a lot, but she'll get used to it.



Another thing that helps. Put something in the crib with your scent on it. A shirt or pillowcase. Put it at her feet or above her head. Your smell and the swaddling with comfort her, eventually you can remove whateve you put in with your scent.

Andrea - posted on 01/28/2010

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Mine is 10 weeks old and been sleeping in her crib since about 4 weeks. She started in my bed, but with a snugglenest. I started her transition during the day so that I wouldn't lose sleep at night :) 10-15 mins at first, then 30 mins , then a couple of hours. I made it a positive thing (with the help of a very busy mobile for her to look at, and some white noise), and you have to accept there will be cries, but they go away. If you have some sort of co-sleeper or positioners, or can swaddle her, that will help because when she is next to you, she feels safe and secure, then the crib feels to much bigger. Find something to make the crib feel smaller (but is still safe, so DON'T use a boppy pillow) that will help.

Ashley - posted on 01/28/2010

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also, crying it out is a good way to get them to sleep but i think at 2 months, they are too young for it. i forget when i did that with my daughter i think at around 3-4 months or something like that. but do what you feel is right, if your not comfortable with it theres other alternatives.

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Meg - posted on 12/15/2011

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Different methods are right for different people. My son co-slept for 7 months, then transitioned to the crib without crying it out. It is possible.

Heather - posted on 01/29/2010

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I agree with the never letting them sleep with you. I know many parents who have fallen into the pattern of letting their kids sleep with them, or later on, laying down with their kids in their kids' bed to fall asleep. The longer those patterns go on, the harder they are to break and some parents tell me their kids are 3 years or older and the kids still are not sleeping alone. Those peoples' stories scared us into deciding to be firm and not let the habits develop. It was tough at times, but I think it's harder on the child the older they get, so we made sure we got into a good sleep habits very early on.

I breastfed for the first few months and always made sure I always got out of bed to feed (watch TV or sit in Baby's room). I know it sucks sometimes to have to get up in the middle of the night, but soon your baby won't even feed in the middle of the night (usually around 3-4 months) and when that happens, you'll definitely want your bed to yourself for a full good night's sleep!! Good luck!

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I bought one of the things, can't recall the name atm, the babies lay in between for my daughter's crib and she slept real well with it, it's a one piece thing that has two sides that comforts the baby and makes them feel like they are secure, like in the womb or beside their mother, and it also keeps the baby from turning over, it will help the baby feel like you are still there

Alison - posted on 01/28/2010

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If it is not too pressing, you may want to wait until 3 months. Personally I waited until 4 or 5 months for this. I don't remember it being an issue really. Do a good swaddle and rock him to sleep, or whatever works for you.

Rachael - posted on 01/28/2010

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yeah when my daughter was younger i had to do the same thing, but i had a bassinet next to my bed, have you tried that before the crib, but all you can do is put your little one in the crib, they will eventually get used to sleeping there

Jessica - posted on 01/28/2010

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We kept our munchkin in a bassinet by the bed until 1 month & than put her in the crib & she sleeps thru the night since. It was harder for me than it was for her & starting them earlier is the best so they can adjust...

Cassandra - posted on 01/28/2010

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I would keep a cradle in your room next to your bed until the baby sleeps through the night...if the baby sleeps through the night there is no need to get up to feed them...I breast fed my daughter and I kept her in as cradle and would feed her when she woke up then put her back in the cradle...at 2 months she started sleeping through the but waking up early so I moved her to her crib, I got a better nights sleep and fed her early in the am when she woke up. Sometimes shed go back to sleep so I would put her back in her crib and go back to bed.

Mary - posted on 01/28/2010

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If you let the kids in the bed with you they will be there for years. It's a very well known fact.

Savannah - posted on 01/28/2010

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I put my little man in his bed and then put small pillows on either side of his body (not near his head) and this way he feels like he is still being held. After he falls asleep from feeding I put him in there and he typically goes to sleep. Sometimes he fusses for a few minutes. When he cries for more than a couple minutes I do pick him up to soothe him. 2 months is a little young to let him cry for a long time. But it actually does work with the little pillows and swaddled in a blanket really well. Good luck!

Gill - posted on 01/28/2010

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you could try putting a breast pad in the crib, just after you feed, your smell will still be there, and might act as a comfort... otherwise patience, if you are having problems... try and leave the baby a little longer everytime you put them down...use the crib through the day for naps to get the baby used to it before bedtime.

Kelly - posted on 01/28/2010

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Don't worry you are not the only co-sleeper!! My daughter is 6 weeks old, and has slept with us on more than one occasion. We put her down at night in the bassinet, and then she usually transfers over into our bed. I find we all get so much more sleep! She is actually sleeping 3-4 hrs which is wonderful for us. I know some really oppose co-sleeping, but it works for us. I am a strong believer in listening to your instincts as a mother.....they won't steer you wrong!! When she starts to sleep through the night, the move from our room into her room will begin. From what I have read this is around 4-6months, but again I try to listen to her and my instincts. If you come up with anything that worked well for you let me know, because we are right behind you!! Good luck!!

Ashley - posted on 01/28/2010

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i would put her in there and just go from there, she will still wake up and need feedings but it will be easier to do this now than later. the younger they are, the easier it is to break habits. also, do you supplement with formula? i moved my daughter to her own room at 6 weeks and a little after that i started giving her an 8 ounce bottle before bed and let her eat till she was full. it helped her sleep through the night better. it is good that you are doing this now tho! good luck!

Cindy - posted on 01/28/2010

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Well of course you will need to be prepared for letting him or her cry it out untill he or she falls asleep, and yes it will be very hard to let them cry it out, but it will be very good for the baby to be able to learn how to fall asleep by itself. Now is the crib in your bedroom or in a separate room? If it's in your room then you probably will have to put the baby to bed a while before you go to bed, unless you don't do that, I don't know how you do that stuff. Well anyway good luck to you! Hope it all goes well! ♥

Denise - posted on 01/28/2010

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Wow, I am just a firm believer on NEVER letting your baby sleep in your bed but breastfeeding is such a difficult task I understand! All you can do, is put the sweet thing in their crib and every two hours get up feed and go back to bed. It will be hard at first, but in the end it is best to start the transition NOW before they get so used to sleeping with you it becomes a big fight.. GOOD LUCK!!!

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