How did transition your baby to the crib?
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Jasmine - posted on 12/18/2008
My daughter started in her crib @ 5 weeks, at first it was when she was sleeping soundly during a nap I would put her in and allow her to wake up from there and then finally it was at bedtime, ALMOST asleep (this way she got used to falling asleep on her own and not me putting her to sleep b4 hand) I use wedges and I also leavec a piece of my clothing in the crib with her so she has my scent near (usually the shirt I wore that day if not too full of baby blessings lol) I also use a noise machine (you can usually find one at a local walmart for 20 or less) which allows any background noise to be blocked out (AT NIGHT ONLY) the most important thing I still do with my daughter is swaddle her as well, and only at bedtime, she rests comfortably and secure. She has been sleeping thru the night since day 4 and now that she's in her crib still does with no problems! It's all a comfort thing, when the baby is ready she/he will go!
Bethany - posted on 12/18/2008
My son's bassinette was really narrow so he was always hitting the sides with his arms. This meant I had to move him to his crib before I was ready (it was definitely harder on me!) and it also meant that I tried to replicate the smaller bassinette feeling by placing him in sideways and at one end. That way he could feel the end rails with his arm and the front rail with his feet. I don't know if this actually made a difference but I didn't find the transition hard at all. At least not for him... ;~D
Victoria - posted on 12/18/2008
My son was pretty big when he was born, so he was never really comfortable in his cradle. when i finally let go and put him in his crib he was only about a month old. He got up 4 or 5 times a night and i just had to suck it up and go to him not bring him to me. By 3 months he was sleeping through the night (12-13 hours) without a peep. The first couple of weeks i still checked on him all night. Finally i just accepted our good fortune. We've recently moved and had the co-sleeping/crib delima all over again. We decided to just ferberize. It has worked really well. But you have to feel very secure about where your child is and REALLY stick to it. Unless you can handle him crying...don't try it. Hope some part of this was helpful. :)
Cassi - posted on 12/18/2008
They say you can potty train a cat by moving his litter box closer to the toilet a little each day and slowly putting the litter box on the toilet, then just kity litter on a piece of syran wrap etc etc etc...I used this method to transition my child. She slept in my bed the first few weeks, in the cradle directly pulled up next to my bed the next two weeks, I pushed the cradle away from my bed, then to the other side of the room by the door, then outside the door in the hallway, then into her room, then next to her crib, then she went in the crib no problem. she was used to the room because she was moved in with her cradle and then it was simple putting her in the crib. No crying no fussing, anymore than her usual squawks at not wanting to go to sleep.
Keely - posted on 12/18/2008
Honestly the transition was a lot harder on me than my son!! I am a single mother and I had been doing co-sleeping and I think that I was more comfortable with that then he was!! So, I made the transition, and it was not the easiest thing, when he was about 5 months because he started getting mobile and the crib was just the safest place for him!! At first he cried a lot because I am sure he was confused, but now he loves his crib and I find him playing in it sometimes when I do not even realize he is awake!! i did find that the hardest thing was if I gave in and let him come back to the bed with me for a night becasue i couldn't get him calmed down, because then the next day was like starting from scratch!! I do not recommend doing it until you are ready so you do not send mixed signals like I did!!
Elizabeth - posted on 12/18/2008
We had a very tough time moving her from her basinet to crib. I think she felt so confined and comforted, that the change was just so big for her. We finally did it after 5 months, and it is the best thing ever. She sleeps great and has no much more room to sleep and move around. Before she couldnt move her arms alot or lay on her side or belly and now thats all sh does.
Kandice - posted on 12/17/2008
I started at about 2 months putting him in his crib at least once a day for about 10 mins or so he got used to it. Then I put him just for naps in his crib. Now he's almost 4 months and sleeps in his crib at bedtime and for naps. Sometimes it takes me 4 or 5 tries before he's fully asleep. He'll cry, I'll pick him up, he'll fall back asleep, i'll put him in his crib and he'll wake up 10 min later and cry again...and the cycle continues for about 45 mins. But maybe the last part is just a fase he's going through. Good luck!!!
Ashley - posted on 12/17/2008
My daughter is 4 months and we just switched her to her crib about 3 weeks ago. We also let her take naps in it since she was also getting too big for her bassinet. She got used to it really quickly that way and now she is in her crib every night.
Desiree - posted on 12/17/2008
At around 3-4 months old I started putting my son down for his daytime naps in his crib. I did this until he was familiar with his room and he started getting too big for his bassinet. He was totally fine when I switched him into his room at night. Our routine changed a little bit but it was a very good transition for all. Hope this helps, good luck.