Entering the crib!!

Sarah - posted on 02/05/2009 ( 6 moms have responded )

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I am currently moving my son into his own room and his crib starting with nap times. He is not liking it! Any advice to make the transition easier??

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Jen - posted on 02/05/2009

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Quoting Sarah:



He cried for almost 2 hours this morning. And I know he was tired because he had already fallen asleep from his feeding. Is there a cut off point where you go in and stop them?? This sucks!





I let him go an hour.  Then I will go in and cuddle him until he stops crying and will put him back in while he's still awake but drowsy.  Luckily my son only went over an hour once.  It's really hard, but just think about how much harder it will be if you do it later.  

Sarah - posted on 02/05/2009

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He cried for almost 2 hours this morning. And I know he was tired because he had already fallen asleep from his feeding. Is there a cut off point where you go in and stop them?? This sucks!

Amy - posted on 02/05/2009

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I use music to let my son know that it is nap time. I put it on a few minutes before and cuddle him to say "goodnight". Sometimes he will wake up before he is completely rested and cry, it's hard to fight the impulse to run in and soothe them, but letting them cry a little sometimes is enough to lull them back to sleep.

My son refused to sleep in his playpen at my mothers, but after very persistently leaving him in his playpen for the duration of his nap, with similar music playing (going in every 15 minutes to kiss him but not pick him up ... and with some peeking in through the door!) he has better naps at Grandma then at home! Sometimes it helps to have someone there to help encourage you not to give up!

Jen - posted on 02/05/2009

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Our son didn't care for any lights or sounds. In the end we just let him cry it out. We went in every 5-10 minutes to stroke his head and kiss him, but wouldn't pick him up. After a week he went to sleep with no fuss and is sleeping longer. I started with bedtime in the crib first though....working on naps now with the same process. It only wrks if you know he's tired though.

Michelle - posted on 02/05/2009

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I am in the process of doing the same thing. We have found that using a noise distraction does help him fall asleep on his own a little better. We use the Fischer Price Seahorse, it plays for 5 minutes and helps lull him to sleep. I do go in and check on him when he fusses and I try not to pick him up unless he won't calm down without it. It is difficult but keep trying. We have been doing this for a few weeks now and already he is doing better about sleeping by himself.

Venus - posted on 02/05/2009

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I started my son in his crib when he was about 4 months old.  It was hard for the transition and he would barely sleep and then turned into only wanting to be held, but what I found that helped me was the mobile and the aqua thing that hangs on the side of the crib.  It makes noises and lights up.  It keeps him distracted long enough where he falls a sleep on his own. If it goes off before he asleep.  He crys and I just go back in the room and turn it back on.  He is usually out by the second time.  I fnd that my son falls asleep better with noise than with out it.

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