anyones baby not want to sleep in their crib but rather in a carseat? how do you get them into their crib to sleep?

Linsey - posted on 04/20/2011 ( 14 moms have responded )




My 7 week old baby wont sleep in her crib ever..she will be asleep n once i set her in there she wakes 5 mins later screaming..she will only sleep in her carseat or rock n play sleeper. Anyone else have this problem or any ideas on how to switch them to their crib?


Gabrielle - posted on 05/11/2011




Swaddle, swaddle, swaddle! They want to feel like they're held, so it helps tremendously. We were given a sleep positioner by the hospital when my newborn had surgery. They're wonderful. You can't find this one in any stores (that I know of), but I recently found it on a website.

My son went through a stage where he would only take naps if he was held. He was fine at night, but during the day, I had to hold him. I thought this was a huge problem because I didn't want to start a bad sleeping habit. A friend who has 7 children said it was no big deal, just a phase, and he'd outgrow it. She was absolutely correct. The key is to keep trying to put them down in their bed so that it doesn't become a sleep prop. One day, your baby will sleep in the crib just fine!


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Vanessa - posted on 08/17/2011




I wish I could get my 14 week old baby to take naps in his crib! He only sleeps in there at night.. I hear you on the car seat situation. If he would fall asleep in it, I would keep him in it! It worked for me, but I understand the frustration.

Annie - posted on 08/15/2011




I have had this problem before. Google Tilt Baby Mattress instructions for GERD and it will give you a guide. Its a small tilt but it helps transition. Good Luck!

Brittnie - posted on 08/07/2011




She is still newborn, sounds like 4th trimester syndrome, maybe your baby still needs to feel "closed in." Talk to your Dr. about this but, mine does not suggest letting a baby sleep in a carseat, it squishes their tummies. I thought about getting the Rock and Play sleeper for my baby when she was a newborn bc of her Reflux but the reviews terrified me.

Natalie - posted on 07/14/2011




Its all about training them..I did contolled crying with my first daughter who is now almost 3 and is a happy toddler who sleeps well and I did it with my now 20 week have to put them in while they're awake but drowsy (know when their tired - tired signs my LO sleeps after 2 hours of being awake - that is the average time for 4 - 6 month olds). Now my LO is a fantastic sleeper..and on an excellent routine, which everyone doesnt agree with because it may sound strict but it is just a way of letting your child know what is coming next :)

Carly - posted on 05/12/2011




I agree! Swaddle, maybe pacifier, maybe prop the mattress some! I'm a big fan of cosleeping, and my daughter cosleeps with me, but I can still get her down for naps with the help of my trusty pacifier and a baby noisemaker (the sleep sheep is great!!). She is my second, and I also coslept with my first. I don't care if they turn out to be sleep props, either. They work for now, and they will eventually grow out of such props with no damage done!

Mandy - posted on 04/27/2011




my baby still won't sleep in his crib and he is 11 weeks. You just try it slowly. We have him taking his naps there but not sleeping at night. Once they grow they seem to feel safer in the crib. Don't worry she will be fine and end up sleeping in her crib. I do recommend having her sleep in her nursery even if in a bassinet.

Kelly - posted on 04/24/2011




my almost 11 wk old got sick at 5 wks and went from sleeping fabulously in her bassinet to sleeping in her carseat to help her breathing... she is now a carseat devotee much to my chagrin. we are slowly getting her back into the bassinet( its really big) by putting her to sleep in carseat and moving to bassinet.. in middle of night i nurse in dark and put her in bassinet.. i also folded a blanket and put it under foot of mattress then wedge her feet and butt up against it to that she feels like she is in carseat.. slowly she is sleeping more in bassinet than in carseat but dr said carseat wont hurt her.. also said a lot of babies like to sleep curled up like that until around 4 months good luck!

Jessica - posted on 04/23/2011




My daughter was this way and I did not like it at all. I tried just putting her in her crib and letting her cry. That did not work at all! She would cry for an hour if I let her! So I gave up. Then she started sleeping with her face smashed against the side of the carseat and I got worried and tried postioning her so she couldnt but she always ended up like that. I talked to my mom about and she asked if I tried putting a pillow next to her so she would feel cuddled bc thats what she likes. I of course replied, "NO, I WOULDNT EVEN TRY!" But of course after a couple more nights I gave in. I got a king size pillow pushed against the back of her crib and put her a little on her side like how I hold her. Then I fold a blanket and put it at her other side and under her feet. She will be 3 months tomorrow and has been sleeping in her crib AND falling asleep on her own for 2 weeks now! am also not going to recommend u use a pillow in your babies crib. I was only comfortable with it bc she will move her head if she feels restricted and also bc she will cry if anything is in her face. It has been mostly cold here since she was born and she cries every time we would cover her to go into the cold. It is just what i've done and now we are working on sleeping without the pillow. Good Luck! It is tough. Also not all babies are that way bc my.son ALWAYS slept in his bed. I think a lot of it has to do with the fact that we have so many more options of places to put our babies to sleep so they are use to the more confined spaces just like they were in the womb. You can also try swaddling and see if that helps! My niece was a carseat sleeper.til 3 months and I taught them to swaddle, but my daughter will not be swaddled! She is a baby houdini!

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My daughter was like that.. would only sleep in her bouncy. i think it was because she would spit up after eating and didnt want to be flat. She is 8.5 weeks now and it is getting better. She will sleep in her bassinet till after her 2nd night feeding. After that now she will only go back to sleep if she is in the bed with us. My advice, do what you can so you get sleep and she gets sleep. Maybe every night try to put her in the crib with some music and a paci around the same time every night. Eventually she will sleep there, but it may take some time. Some people also put baby in the crib for naps.

Ashley - posted on 04/23/2011




i had the same problem for a while to i just cuddled her till i knew she was really sleeping ( she tends to cat nap ) and then i put music on and she was fine try some music it may help

Cara - posted on 04/21/2011




My daughter doesn't have this problem but My friends lil girl did. She didn't sleep in her bed at night til she was about 4 months old. She just would not sleep anywhere but her carseat. I am realizing more and more by these posts from people that I must be fairly lucky with my girls. Personally, if it were my baby i would just let her sleep where ever she will sleep for now

Erika - posted on 04/20/2011




We have a cradle by the bed. Kayden wont sleep in it much. He is much more comfortable in his swing or bouncy seat. I feel bad he isnt laying out flat getting the support he needs. But they were used to being in all sorts of positions in utero. I wont worry about it for a while. As long he is happy and asleep, Im happy!

Jessica - posted on 04/20/2011




my boy wouldn't sleep in his till i put it in our room, now he sleeps from 8.30pm to 4am :)

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