Son scared of his crib???

Katarina - posted on 07/15/2010 ( 6 moms have responded )

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My son is 15months old and in the last few nights has been terrified of his crib. I'll put him down the usual way and he stands up straight away and starts this terrified cry. So, I'll rock him to sleep and then put him back down and he'll wake up screaming.



He's ended up sleeping with us and after some tossing and turning he'll fall asleep.



This is a very, very different cry that I haven't heard before and it really worries me.



Any suggestions?

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Shakia - posted on 07/22/2010

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my son use to do the same thing,try putting a piece of clothing in his crib with your scent on it.Most likely he isnt scared he just doesnt want to sleep in the crib,and kids are smart he knows that every time he screams youll take him out so he will continue to do it.You will just have to give in and let him cry fo awhile so he can realize even if he screams he still has to sleep in the crib,or get a night light

Katarina - posted on 07/15/2010

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My litlte guy has had night terrors but that is a different cry. It seems the second his feet hit the crib he freaks out. I've tried tought love(10 minutes) but his cry got increasingly worse. I'm not much of a tough love mommy. :(

Meagan - posted on 07/15/2010

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It could be that he's terrified of YOU being gone. My daughter was just recently doing that (she's also 15 months), so I spent a couple nights with her in my bed, and then, I moved the crib right up against the bed, and slept right next to it, and she slept through the night. And then slowly started inching it away, until she was finally sleeping on her own.

Figuring that out was a complete miracle and a total guess that it would work! But, that very well could be the case. That by not seeing YOU he's panicing. So, try that method. Yes, it's a HUGE pain having a crib right up against your bed, and yes, you have to keep it there for a few days and inch away, but it will be totally worth it if thats the problem! My daughters back to sleeping on her own and it took maybe 2 weeks to get to this point again! XP

Katarina - posted on 07/15/2010

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He has a night light, has for a few months now. Hmmm, i'll have to try the white noise thing. Sounds like a good idea. Thanks.

Karmi - posted on 07/15/2010

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I had a similar problem with my son a couple of times. I'm wondering if your son had a nightmare recently and has had the same kind of cry? Ever since my 16 month old son had his first nightmare it was hard to get him back in the crib. But I started to play some calming music which helped him out. And tough love does work, it's hard to deal with but I have had to do it plenty of times with my son. Trust me, my son has cried for up to 3 hours before with me calming him down every 5-10 minutes and eventually it does work. Stay strong and I'm sure your son will be okay with going back in his crib. Good luck!

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He might be afraid of the dark. Try a night light, white noise helps too, run a fan that's pointed to the corner of the room (so it doesn't make him cold).

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