standing in crib

Ashley - posted on 10/04/2009 ( 7 moms have responded )

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When my son discovered he can stand up in his crib this is all he wants to do. When I go to lay him down for his naps he immediately stands up and either plays or starts crying and wont stop until I go in there. We had him to where he could lay there and watch him mobile and go to sleep on his own sometimes he'd go to sleep after a few minutes of crying. Now, I feel we have gone backwards. What should I do?

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Amy - posted on 10/06/2009

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My son not only pulls himself up, but he's a bouncer. so here i am sitting in the living room and hear a "bump bump bump" on the monitor. He was jumping. He'll jump up and down and fuss, try to pull things down around him etc. But when he's tired enough he lays down and falls asleep, mostly from sheer exhaustion i'm sure. Sometimes i'll check on him and find him passed out with his hand still holding the crib rail and a foot hanging half out. I also have one of those light up musical fish tanks hooked on his crib, that helps sooth him to sleep.

Cinda - posted on 10/06/2009

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My daughter went through this several months ago. I was exhausted because she was exhausted and wouldn't sleep. She would just pull up over and over again. Then I had an awesome idea. I noticed she was using the crib slats to pull herself up, not the top rail. She would use the top rail once she was already standing. So, I started putting her down in her pack n' play for naps. She couldn't grab onto the netting to stand up, so she couldn't get vertical. She had to go to sleep! It was awesome!! Then, when she was awake, I gave her every opportunity to practice her new skill. It only took a couple of days before she was over pulling up at nap time. I put the pack n' play back up and she went back into the crib. She pulls up now when she wakes up and waits for me to come get her. But other than that, she's great!

Darcy - posted on 10/06/2009

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When my LO does this I go in lay her down give her her blankly and pacifier back and than leave the room, I don't make eye contact or say word.

Angela - posted on 10/05/2009

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My baby would do the same i would go in every 10mins not make any eye contact, lay him back down and tell him time for sleep. i would normally only have to do it 2 or 3 times and he would go to sleep. Once he learned how to get back down from standing i didn't bother going in to him he just learned to do it himself!

Melissa - posted on 10/05/2009

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Kelly Z is so right. You have to be consistent. He will cry and scream and it will break your heart, but don't give in. When you put him down, it helps to have a specific amount of time that you will leave him alone before checking in. Eventually you will lower the number of times you have to go back in. When you do check on him, whatever you do, do not pick him back up. Just let him know you still exist and lay him back down. I know exactly what you mean when you say it going backwards. Our pediatrician says that its partially separation anxiety, keeping them from going to sleep like before.

Kelly - posted on 10/04/2009

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When my son discovered that he could stand, he also discovered that he could bang on the wall with his bottle, throw his binky and all his blankets on the floor.....what i had to do was just keep going in and laying him back down and telling him night night..... after a few days, and some crying, he got the hint that he still had to go to sleep eve though he knew how to stand in his crib.....we are now to the point where i put him in bed and he drinks his bottle, then stands and crys, i go in get the empty bottle, lay him down give him his binky and tell him night night and he goes to sleep......you just have to keep with the same routine, just have to keep laying him down and he will know that he still has to go to sleep....hope i helped....good luck....

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