My son will NOT stay in his crib!!

Kathy - posted on 10/25/2010 ( 9 moms have responded )

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My son is 21 months and we share a room but he will not sleep thru the night in his crib!! i have to lay with him on my bed with my hand on his face (which by the way is his comfort). so every night i have to put him in hios crib after he falls esleep. if i put him in his crib still awake he thows his binky out and starts crying soo bad that he almost throws up! i dont know what to do anymore. any suggestions???

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Sarah - posted on 01/03/2011

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I started having this problem with my daughter, it was pretty frustrating because her and her little sister share a room. Eventually I started letting her stay up a little later and about a half hour before bed I would have her sit and relax on the couch no toys, so she could wind down. Then we make a production of kissing everyone (which she has figured out that if she asks for more kissies it prolongs night-night), then we go in and I make sure all her stuffed animals that she can't sleep without are all tucked in. I explain that everyone is going to sleep now and that we will do something fun tomorrow if she is a big girl and goes to sleep. It works for us 9 times out of 10, not that she doesn't ever put up a fuss, but most of the time she's good about it. If you share a room if you could find a night time routine that works for you both and then if you can stay out of there (so he doesn't get himself upset) till he falls asleep it might work. Also, the pediatrician told me that when they start the fussing, give them some time then go in pick them up hug them but don't say a word. This lets them know that you are there and love them, but you are serious about it being bed time and then no talking confirms it. Good luck to you and your little one

Miritza - posted on 01/02/2011

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u can try a toddler bed or wear one of ur tshirts for a little while n then when he sleeps put it right next to him it will have ur scent so her will smell u it worked for my daughter to sleep in her crib but then she went into a toddler bed n she dont really like it n now my 2 yr old has a full size bed but gonna get her a twin bed having a queen bed n a full size bed in one room is a tight squeeze but she will sleep thru the whole night but try the tshirt thing it worked very well for my daughter

Jane - posted on 10/30/2010

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it may be better for both of you if you do some sleep training for a week or so - naps included. just put a stool by his crib and rub his back, etc when it's time for sleep. he eventually will take to it. but of course he's upset when he wakes up not w/you b/c that's not how he feel asleep. it'll help if you can back up on bedtime about 15 minutes so you aren't too tired when you start. i like doing it this way versus letting them cry it out. good luck! be sure to do naps too, it will cut down on the time it takes for him to adjust.

good luck!

Kathy - posted on 10/30/2010

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i was thinking about the toddler bed but we are planning to move within the next few weeks and i dont wanna start something new before we move. i know its gonna be a BIG transition with him because he will have his own room. im just not sure how to go about it. he does the same thing every night.. i lay down with him til hes esleep with my hand of corse then i put him in his crib, he wakes up soon after and wants to be in my bed.. which is right beside his crib

Vanessa - posted on 10/29/2010

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he may be ready for a toddler bed, but maybe if possible put him in a cot in his own room. my and my son stayed the night at his dad's recently he's in a cot here, but we tried him in a toddler bed in his dads room there and he slept fine till we got into bed and he woke up and wouldn't go to back down at all we ended up coming home at half 1 in the morning

Jennifer - posted on 10/29/2010

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Is he on a bed time routine already? If not, it would be a great idea to try that first!

Jessica - posted on 10/27/2010

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I put mine in a toddler bed. Also try to turn on a tv or music and put him in a sleeper or something snug.

Marie - posted on 10/26/2010

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Hello, I dont have experience with this situation but has he always been this way, or is it a new behaviour? Have you tried putting his crib mattress on the floor or even getting a toddler bed? My daughter is currently going through the transition from crib to bed. I have her mattress on the floor for now ( she moves around alot and I am scared of her falling on the floor) She loves the idea of having a big girl bed, although she is still falling asleep in my bed, I just move her to her bed when she is alseep. She has tried falling asleep on her bed but just not 100% ready to be totally independent just yet. I hope this helps you or gives you some ideas to try.

Deborah - posted on 10/26/2010

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My son does the same thing except he does throw up. I wind up letting him fall asleep on the couch in his room with me and then when he is fast asleep I put him in his crib. If he isn't fast asleep he will scream until he throws up. If anyone has any ideas I'd love to hear them!

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