Hi, My daughter is 3 months old and she barely fits on her bassinet. I am trying to get her used to sleeping in her crib during the day, but everyday is like a struggle and the nights are even worst. Last night she actually did go to bed in her crib, but she got up in the middle of the night. My daugther has been doing her nigths since she was 6 weeks, I can't understand why she got up. I gave in and made her sleep with us in the bed. What can I do, for her to start doing her nights in her crib?

17 Comments

View replies by

Sabrina - posted on 03/19/2009

12

9

0

Quoting Kendall:

U can also try to shorten the crib by putting a pillow at one end, my daughter didn't like the fact that the crib was so long, she was used to her stroller as that was what she slept in for the 1st 3 months, lol. I put a half body pillow in her crib and she was fine after that, hope it helps and good luck, seems the other tips r helping u out.


Hi!



Thanks, you know what, even before she started to sleep in her crib, I had already adjusted the pillow under her fitted sheet, so her head would be a little elevated...so she got used to that
 too. Thanks for the tips :)

Kendall - posted on 03/18/2009

22

96

1

U can also try to shorten the crib by putting a pillow at one end, my daughter didn't like the fact that the crib was so long, she was used to her stroller as that was what she slept in for the 1st 3 months, lol. I put a half body pillow in her crib and she was fine after that, hope it helps and good luck, seems the other tips r helping u out.

Sabrina - posted on 03/16/2009

12

9

0

Quoting Susan:

We started by having our son sleep in the bassinet in his room next to the crib at about 6 wks. Eventually we moved him into the crib.. he was like 8 wks. At 3 months it might take a while - personally I do not believe in the children in our bed so I would just try to stick with it and she'll eventually get comfortable with it. She will have to learn her nw surroundings. Good luck!



Hi,



She is actually doing better than I expected in her new crib, I think she knows now that that is where she will be sleeping. She slept with us a few night here and there, before put her in her crib and I must admit I did not want to get in that habit, but there were some nights I was just too tired and I did not feel like hearing her cry, so I took the easy way out, but I am lucky that my daugther is pretty easy going, she adapts pretty well to pretty much anything, in this case it took a day or two, and with all the great advice I have been getting I think it made it easier.



....this time she goes directly in her crib and so far so good!



Thanks for your help!

Sabrina - posted on 03/16/2009

12

9

0

Quoting Joy:



Hi Sabrina,






All of the above suggestions are great but I just wanted to add that at 3 months your daughter could also be going through a growth spurt.  My son slept through the night starting at around 6 weeks and then about every three months he would start waking up in the night for about a week or so.  My doctor told me they were growth spurts and as he got older it was also teething.  So if your daughter continues to wake up in the night for a week or so, it's ok.  It's probably a combination of getting used to the new sleeping arrangements and maybe a growth spurt as well.  I used the t-shirt method with my son and it worked wonders.  Also, I slept with one of his stuffed animals for about a week before I put him in his crib in his own room alone.  Then, once we moved him to his room, he had that stuffed animal that smelled like me and he did fine.  Hope this helps :)






Joy






Hi,



Sorry for the late reply, she has been actually eating a lot more during her feeding times, and eating less, sometimes she will wake up a little earlier to eat, but overall she has been adapting very well in her new crib....thanks for the help!

Susan - posted on 03/14/2009

4

5

0

We started by having our son sleep in the bassinet in his room next to the crib at about 6 wks. Eventually we moved him into the crib.. he was like 8 wks. At 3 months it might take a while - personally I do not believe in the children in our bed so I would just try to stick with it and she'll eventually get comfortable with it. She will have to learn her nw surroundings. Good luck!

Tricia - posted on 03/14/2009

11

36

1

Liam is my second child!! I wish I knew with Julia what to do like  I know with Liam!! She slept with us for a very long time and I don't want to do that with Liam!! hahaha!!



So glad it worked!!



Joy; yea I noticed here lately he's been getting up for an extra feeding as well! What are you doing to help with his teething?? Liam is chewing on his hands but I can't get him to bite anything else!!



 

[deleted account]

Hi Sabrina,



All of the above suggestions are great but I just wanted to add that at 3 months your daughter could also be going through a growth spurt.  My son slept through the night starting at around 6 weeks and then about every three months he would start waking up in the night for about a week or so.  My doctor told me they were growth spurts and as he got older it was also teething.  So if your daughter continues to wake up in the night for a week or so, it's ok.  It's probably a combination of getting used to the new sleeping arrangements and maybe a growth spurt as well.  I used the t-shirt method with my son and it worked wonders.  Also, I slept with one of his stuffed animals for about a week before I put him in his crib in his own room alone.  Then, once we moved him to his room, he had that stuffed animal that smelled like me and he did fine.  Hope this helps :)



Joy

Sabrina - posted on 03/14/2009

12

9

0

Quoting Tricia:



AWESOME!!!






Liam was sleeping with me before I started putting him in his own crib(reflux had me nervous!!) and a few nights and day naps like that made him comfortable in there!! I am glad it seems to be working!! Is she your first child??





Hi!  , she is my first. Sometimes I put her in the middles of my husband and I (in our bed) and she LOVES that, I guess she knows that we are there and she feels safe. Last night she did her full night in her crib (we are so proud of her :)  ...your tip worked, we put this rabbit doll she has, the one she used to sleep with when she can with us in bed, and I guess it smells like me, cause as soon as she started to cry I put the doll next to her face and she was out ! After the first feeding, I put her back in crib and she went right to sleep....I hope it continus!!!! Thanks again!



 



Is he (Liam) your first child too?

Tricia - posted on 03/14/2009

11

36

1

AWESOME!!!



Liam was sleeping with me before I started putting him in his own crib(reflux had me nervous!!) and a few nights and day naps like that made him comfortable in there!! I am glad it seems to be working!! Is she your first child??

Sabrina - posted on 03/13/2009

12

9

0

Quoting Tricia:



Your welcome, I hope it works for you as well as it did for me!!!






I think its working she seems to like the fact that I put a t-shirt next to her.....thanks alot!!!!

Sabrina - posted on 03/13/2009

12

9

0

Thanks! I heard about that, that if you put a the top or something that smells like you that the child feels a certain comfort.............THAT'S WHAT I AM DOING TONIGHT ;)

Thanks!!!

Tricia - posted on 03/13/2009

11

36

1

What I done to get my 3 month old son used to his crib was put the shirt I wore that day under him, so it smelled like me!! Also, once he started squirming a little, I'd get up and reposition him and he'd fall back to sleep! My husband works out of province and when he comes home I have to keep reminding him not to speak to him when he wakes for a bottle..if you could not speak to her while feeding, also helps alot!



It may take some time but it'll all be worth it in the ned when you can relax knowing she's used to it!! It's an awful big space to get used to!! Try the shirt thing, it worked wonders for me!!



 



Good Luck!!!

Sabrina - posted on 03/13/2009

12

9

0

Quoting Iris:

I had that problem with my daughter too. The first night I made sure she was really tiard. She did not have an evening nap or anything I kept her awake and active. Then at bed time I gave her a warm bath. Then used lavender baby lotion after her bath. Then I did my usuall her feeding then wraped her in the same cover as the night before she hasd in her basssinet and she has a little baby doll she has always had that is safe for babies she has a night light and the light on in the hall her door was open a crack and she slept really well. Before she would scream and scream till I just thought about it one day. To tire her out a worm bath lavender baby lotion and a cover from her bassinet. Because she was also moving to her own bedroom too.


That's what I did last night and you know what she didn't even get the chance to cry she was so tired, I'm afraid she will wake up during the night and realized that she is not in the same room as us. But I will try and tiar her out, she didn't nap today and I can see it in her eyes she is really tired, maybe tonight, she will get her first night in her own crib.



Thanks for your advise!

Iris - posted on 03/13/2009

21

12

2

I had that problem with my daughter too. The first night I made sure she was really tiard. She did not have an evening nap or anything I kept her awake and active. Then at bed time I gave her a warm bath. Then used lavender baby lotion after her bath. Then I did my usuall her feeding then wraped her in the same cover as the night before she hasd in her basssinet and she has a little baby doll she has always had that is safe for babies she has a night light and the light on in the hall her door was open a crack and she slept really well. Before she would scream and scream till I just thought about it one day. To tire her out a worm bath lavender baby lotion and a cover from her bassinet. Because she was also moving to her own bedroom too.

Sabrina - posted on 03/13/2009

12

9

0

Quoting Rolé:

You could try to put her bassinet in the crib. That way she is still in her comfortable bed that she is used to, but she also gets the chance to get used to the new surroundings of the crib. Give it a few weeks and then remove the bassinet. Just make sure you have other familiar things for her at bedtime, like a favourite blanket or soft toy.



Thank you so much for the tip, I will try it, and hopefuly it will work.



Thanks again!

[deleted account]

You could try to put her bassinet in the crib. That way she is still in her comfortable bed that she is used to, but she also gets the chance to get used to the new surroundings of the crib. Give it a few weeks and then remove the bassinet. Just make sure you have other familiar things for her at bedtime, like a favourite blanket or soft toy.

Join Circle of Moms

Sign up for Circle of Moms and be a part of this community! Membership is just one click away.

Join Circle of Moms