My son is 6mths old and will NOT sleep in his own bed..what do i do?

Brooke - posted on 08/04/2009 ( 7 moms have responded )

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My son started having reflex at 2 months old. We started him on medication, which seemed to work for awhile. When i found out he had that, i started having him sleep in his swing. Now, i can't get him out of his swing into his crib! He does sleep in his OWN room, but in his swing. I try to put him in his crib and he screams...Should i let him scream himself to sleep?

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Keisha - posted on 08/08/2009

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this is what i did, might sound a little harsh but it has been proven to work........a little consistency alot of love.......at bedtime after the bedtime routine is done speak to your son and let him know that you love him you will see him in the morning and he has to sleep in his bed.....hugs and kisses put him in his bed .......he'll cry you reaasure him that he is loved and safe and he has to sleep in his bed ...say goodnight walk out the room and let him cry for a few minutes 5 minutes is what i would start off with then go back without picking him up rub his back and tell him the good stuff again then walk out the room...keep doing this a adding a little more time for crying each time until he falls asleep and trust me he will!......the next day and the day after that the crying will start becoming less and less until after a week or two he will have learned that he has to sleep in his own bed and will start looking forward to it with great pleasure...i did it with my two daughters worked like a charm and im currently doing it with my 7 month old...the problem for my son is not sleeping in his bed its getting him to fall asleep in his bed!......i know it is harder to do than it actually sounds but i guarantee you they wont love you any less and it will make your like easier....that's the reason why i can deal with three!

Donna - posted on 08/05/2009

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I had this problem, but it was entirely my own fault, I let my baby girl sleep in our bed because as a first time mum, I didn't want to be away from her...selfish really...but when she was 4 months we'd had enough of sharing so we just started putting her in her crib at nap times, and letting her play in there (supervised of course) during the day and what I found most useful, getting her to sleep with me (I was breast feeding at the time) waiting 10 - 15 minutes or so until she was in a deep sleep and then laying her in her crib. She woke up screaming and hungry every night at about 4 for a few weeks, I took a bottle into her and did not pick her up no matter how much she cried. Eventually she gave up and went back to sleep...we're only talking about 10 minutes though...





It's heart breaking letting them cry, but there's nothing wrong with making them sleep in their own bed...and they do learn that eventually!





Good luck!

Zara - posted on 08/04/2009

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My daughter had the exact same proble..I ended up getting fed up I just had to put my foot down because i was getting grumpy from the lack of sleep I let her scream I knew she was fed burped dry and ok.end result lasted for about a week and since she was 3months old slept through the night and in her own bed. Hope this works well and works out for you! At the end of the day youre his mummy sometimes you need to be a little firm so they understand! good luck

Alana - posted on 08/04/2009

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Oh, one thing I did have to put my foot down on though is insisting to my husband that he doesn't bring them to bed to co sleep. It creates a very bad habit. So far, the only place they will sleep for any length of time is in their own beds.

Alana - posted on 08/04/2009

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Mine were pretty good with their cribs at night from about 4 months on, but I had a real hard time with transitioning my twins from swing to crib for naps. It took a while, about one month, but I would let them fall asleep in my arms, or the swing, and then move them to their crib. I feel that when they would wake up, and see where they were they became more comfortable with it. I also used the previous posters techniques as well, all with good benefits. Good luck, and perserver, it will happen!

Jennifer - posted on 08/04/2009

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put a shirt that you have worn but is not dirty in the bed. they smell your sent and it helps relax them also try playing some soft music it helps a baby not feel alone.....good luck

Shatarra - posted on 08/04/2009

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Try letting him play in his crib to get him used to it, then gradually move to nap time then bed time. i hade that problem to when my son had acid reflux. Don't rush it and see what happens over a weeks time.

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