How do I get my seven month old to sleep in his crib in his own bedroom?

Vanessa - posted on 01/27/2010 ( 6 moms have responded )

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I have been trying to get my 7 month old son to sleep in his own room in his crib. Some nights he does okay and others he wakes up crying. I mean crying like he is hurt. I go into his bedroom and put him back to sleep. Is anyone having the same problem or does anyone have suggestions on how to handle this?

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Vanessa - posted on 01/27/2010

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Thank you all for your help, I really appreciate it.
My son thankfully does sleep through the night and has since he was 2 months old. Ever since he was a newborn we had him sleep in his bassinet in our room. We recently moved, in December, and ever since then we have been having him sleep with us on and off. Because he is to big to sleep in his bassinet, so we have been trying to get him to sleep in his own room in his crib. We have not been consistent in having him sleep in his own room. It gets really cold in the bedrooms in our new home. I think I might need to put curtains up. This could be the main reason why he wakes up. I try to dress him in a warm PJ when he sleeps in his crib.I do always keep a monitor on him so I can always hear or see him. I do have to say I never really get a goodnight sleep because I am always checking on him in the monitor. But then again I never really get a goodnights rest when he sleeps with us. Oh well guess you really do never get a goodnights rest as a mommy. Well I will just have to keep trying because I really would like for him to sleep in his own room. I also think it is important for mommy and daddy to get time to themselves. Once again thank you all for your help. :)

Rebecca - posted on 01/27/2010

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I think every child is different but both of my girls where in there cribs in there rooms by the time they where 8-9 months old and sleeping through the night. In this situation i don't feel like that there is a right or wrong way to handle this. Sometimes I would go get them during early morning hours just so I could put them in the bed with me....and there was nights that they slept all by there selves with me popping in and out of the room just to see if they where still breathing.... it really doesn't matter where they sleep because a mommy never sleeps through the night until there about two anyway!! Even then its few and far between...LOL. As a mom I think that you know your babies individual needs and if it doesn't fell right then wait... your heart knows best.

Nancy - posted on 01/27/2010

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I think your little boy is still a little young to be on his own. We have a 3 yr old son and 10 month old daughter. We are having a VERY hard time getting our 10 month old daughter to stay asleep for more than 2-3 hours at night. However, we remember that we had the same problem with our son. Both of them have spent the beginning of their lives in our room, in a small crib near our bed. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that young babies stay in the same room with their parents - that way you can keep an eye and ear on them, in case they need you. At this age, it is "need", not just "want". Their emotional needs are just as important as their physical needs. Give your son the love and attachment he needs, and the need will be fulfilled, he will grow out of it.
Example: my 3 yr old son. Had to rock and nurse him to sleep for about the first 9 months or more, probably closer to a year. He woke up at least once at night for about 12-15 months. I nursed/rocked him back to sleep. We had to VERY GENTLY put him back in the crib when he was TOTALLY asleep or he would wake up. At about 1 1/2 yrs, he self-weaned (he was only nursing at sleep times by then, so we slowly stopped, and just rocked him to sleep). Then he moved to his own room, naptimes first to get him used to his space. Very easy transition. We still rock him to sleep, because that is his quality time with us (actually he is requesting "Daddy Rock Me" because that is his quality time with Daddy - he spends all day with me!). He sleeps all night, except on very rare occasions he wakes up crying, and will go back to sleep with just a few minutes of rocking. So there is light at the end of the tunnel (I keep having to remind myself of this, when I am up at least 2-4 times each night with my 10 month old daughter, currently in the travel crib in our room). We are trying to meet the needs, so that they are fulfilled. Check out some Dr. Sears information on attachment parenting - makes a lot of sense, and it has worked for us so far.

Alesha - posted on 01/27/2010

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Hes still a bit young and still wants to be near his mummy, my 6month old is like this so we have had to put the cot in our room. somehow she knew we were not in the room cause she sleeps fine when shes in the room with us. on boxing day 2009 she was just about 5 months i said enough is enough shes going in her cot and she has been practically everynight. sometimes she plays up, i just put on her music and light projector and shes fine. when your little boy naps in the day if he sleeps in your arms, try getting him to sleep on his own, on the sofa. little by litttle he will get used to not having contact when he sleep, also before hes due a sleep wrap him in a blanket, cause when it comes to moving him to his cot he will still be warm. the shock of a cold cot can wake him up and make him cry(its like us when we get into a cold bed at night, its horrible)lol well hope this helps, keep on at it, stay determined and he will be fine, meet him halfway and put the cot in your room so he can at least hear your voice and know your near. its a massive step for a 7month old for mummy to be there 1 min and suddenly not there.

Kirsty - posted on 01/27/2010

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Keep trying, When my baby wouldn't sleep in a cot I just thought enough was enough. I stayed with him until he fell asleep then left and he kept waking up all night, I would go back and soothe but didn't pick him up just put my hand on his chest until he went back to sleep. A rather sleepless few days but it finally worked and haven't had a problem since. I hope this helps

Shantane - posted on 01/27/2010

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U can't give in to his crying! He may be havin separatiopn issues but you have to stand your ground. When you put him back to sleep, it has to be His bed in His room. its gonne take some time but you can't give in! Sometimes he has to cry himself back to sleep even. Its hard but i been thru it before!

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