I am having trouble getting my 4 month old to sleep in her crib...any suggestions?

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Terri - posted on 01/20/2010

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Ok, so my pediatrician told me how to get a baby to sleep through the night. My son would get up in the middle of night a few times and i would take him out and rock him and stuff like that. The doctor said do not do that because then he will wake up and cry and he/she will know that you will come for them. You have to break it. The doctor said when you put them to bed, make sure they are awake so they are aware of where they are. This is another reason they get up. My son would fall asleep on the couch on his boppy pillow then i would bring him in his crib. the doctor said he was getting up and crying cause he didnt know where he was. So, step one is to make sure they are awake when you put them in their crib. Then my dr. said to make sure it is dark. If they wake up and cry, you have to be strong and let them cry. He said they could cry for 2 hours and and after about 3 or 4 days of letting them cry and not going in there, they will learn that you are not going to come in to get them. Sure enough we had a night or two but then they fall back asleep. It is going to be really hard, but the dr. was right, after 1 week of torture, my son sleeps from 8 pm until about 630 am. He might get up in the middle of the night once in a blue moon and cry for like 2 seconds but thats it. I was really skeptical of this but it really worked.

Laura - posted on 01/20/2010

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at first my daughter had trouble and would rock her to sleep every night. then i read in my what to expect book about a method called the ferber method. All you do is lay your child down in her crib and then wait five minutes...she will cry and stuff...but just wait five minutes go back in reassure her you are still here rub here back and then leave again....each time add five more minutes to it and eventually they will fall asleep. each night do this and for naps as well..pretty soon you will lay her down in her crib and she will just go right to sleep!

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COURTNEY - posted on 03/04/2013

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FIRST TIME MOM: SHOULD I START A 4 MONTH OLD BABY WITH SLEEPING IN THEIR CRIB OR THEIR BASSINET FIRST? FOR NAPS AND SLEEPING AT NIGHT?

Randi - posted on 01/20/2010

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I had to leave my oldest in there and let her cry herself to sleep it will hurt your feelings but it works.

Ann - posted on 01/20/2010

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put something that smells like u in her bed maybe lay her on top of a tshirt so she can smell u ..this worked for me

Kayla - posted on 01/20/2010

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i let my son sleep in his swing for the first 2 months, when i finally got sick of sleeping on the couch because i was to afraid to sleep in my room without him i started laying him on his belly in his crib. i give him his pasifier and pat his back till he falls asleep. he actually sleeps all night in there now

Terri - posted on 01/20/2010

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Also, the dr. said that if they wake up and you think they are hungry, they are not. The dr. said that at 4 months the 8 oz. of formula you give them is plenty and if you think the diaper is too wet, it's not. I thought that would be a reason but the dr. said no, that the diaper can last through the night if you have the proper diaper and size.

Susan - posted on 01/20/2010

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Try giving your baby a bath first with Johnson's Baby nighttime soothing wash. Then rock your baby while feeding her the last bottle for the night. I always rocked my babies to sleep after feeding them their last bottle and it always worked for me. I was very lucky. Is she on cereal yet? And I agree with the other two replies as well - soft music or a mobile and don't give up! Good luck!

Theresa - posted on 01/20/2010

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My daughter absolutley loves the Baby Einstein aquarium crib toy. It lights up and fish swim across it. It also plays music pr makes water sounds. It will shut off on it's own after 15 minutes or something like that. It does have a remote so you can turn it back on from outside the room. I never used that though. She would fall asleep watching it.

Basia - posted on 01/20/2010

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Sabrina is right... even at such a young age kids know they have the power with simply crying... especially for new parents. It's not bad, we all go through it. Along with letting her cry it out make sure you put her to nap and bed at a consistant time. She will figure it out and at the same time you will help in setting her internal clock too. Good luck, it will be difficult the first few days but be strong and you will be glad you went this route.

Araceli - posted on 01/20/2010

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When my baby was about 2 1/2 months old she no longer wanted to sleep in the crib. I tried classical music, blankets, animals everything and nothing worked. One night we put her in the car seat and started rocking her back and forth and it worked. The next day I went out bought her a swing and that was the end of that. Now she sleeps in her crib, she's 8 months old. I think its just a stage that they grow out of.

Sabrina - posted on 01/20/2010

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i know this sounds bad, but just leave her in there & let her cry hrself to sleep. as long as she's full, has burped & has a clean diaper then she's fine & safe in her crib. you could try one of this "womb noise" machines(they have teddy bears) or my son liked the fisher price ocean wonders thing that mounted on the crib. take it from a mom who just weaned her 3 year old from sleeping in our bed, it's much easier to let them cry it out when they are young than go through what we just did!! (this is the method we used for our 2 yr old daughter & after about 2 weeks she was fine sleeping in her crib & we have not had the problems that we have with our 3 ur old son that slept with us) i hope this helps?!

Tammy - posted on 01/20/2010

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At times Gracie will not want to sleep in hers. When she wakes up in it I would wait a few minutes to see if she would go back to sleep and sometimes she did. Now on the times she didn't I would rock her until she went back to sleep and put her it. Just keep doing that. I know how you feel at times it is easier just to let her sleep with ya, but in the end it will be worth it. I get better sleep and she does too. It only took me about getting up 3 times a night (even when she was sleeping through the night) for about 4 days and finally she just did not wake up at all.

Abby - posted on 01/20/2010

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Put her/him in their crib for longer & longer amounts of time...& if the problem returns in toddler years, put him/her back into their crib every time, don't give-up before they do! ;)

Debra - posted on 01/20/2010

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Hello, try soft music maybe some classical.. and a favorite blanket or stuffed animal.. it takes time for tots to sleep alone especially if they have been sleeping with the parents.. i use to put a small clock under my kids pillows as well or stuff it in a teddy bear.. that would help them sleep.. hope the advice works.. good luck. and god bless.

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