How do i get my 16 month old son to sleep in his crib?

Carrie - posted on 07/10/2009 ( 3 moms have responded )

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he will be asleep then the second we put him down in his crib he crys and will not stop until we pick him up, hold him and take him to our bed.

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Shari - posted on 07/10/2009

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At 16 mos my son started refusing to sleep in his crib... at that point we debated the transition to a bed. After a few weeks of sleepless nights we set up a twin bed with bedrail that clamps onto mattress. I sat in his room next to his bed for the first couple weeks.. til he fell asleep... not talking to him but just for comfort to something new. Bedtime has never been easier since this transition. So, if he was going to bed fine and is suddenly not liking the crib... it might be he's ready for transition. At night I just make sure doors are closed to rooms he's not to go into, but I do have friends that set up babygate at the child's bedroom door to make sure they didnt get into mischief when no one was watching. My son is good right now... and when he wakes be it in the middle of the night or in the morning... he heads straight to my room to get me. Lets hope he doesn't figure out he has the run of the house and mommy & daddy are sleeping :)

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Sarah - posted on 07/12/2009

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I am not a fan of letting kids this young cry it out. The research shows that letting them cry it out is bad for building trust between mother and child. There is a good book called Good Night Sleep Tight by Kim West. It is a gentle guide to helping these little ones go to sleep. Hope that helps.

Ashley - posted on 07/10/2009

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Thats a toughie.....I dont know how you feel about it but the only thing I can think of is the ccry it out method. Put him in his bed BEFORE he falls asleep...give him whatever he uses for comfort blankie/stuffed animals...or if he takes a paci. Lay him down tell him its time for bed and walk away. Try a fan or soft music for noise control. And let him cry it out He will learn to comfort himself back to sleep but it can be tough. You can go in the room if he's really upset but dont pick him up just sit in a chair next to the crib so he can see you. I hope this helps a little for you..I never had a problem with my kids going in their beds and what I've just told you is just from books and hearing other people.

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