How do you get your child to sleep in their crib if they act like they're scare of it?

Jessica - posted on 05/17/2010 ( 3 moms have responded )

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My daughter is 13 months and she acts like she is scared of her crib, she refuses to sleep in it. I'm expecting another baby in October so I dont want to have to worry about my daughter sleeping with my husband and I.......and tips?

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Kristen - posted on 05/18/2010

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Man do i know how you feel. CJ makes it difficult, i finally got cj to sleep in his bed by pure bullheadedness on my behalf, he really tested me....i would put him in and he would be back out by the time i turned around! out the door, screaming kicking, al the works! i was exhausted! some nights he wouldn't fall asleep till 4am! just keep putting him in her in her bed! i finally doubled a baby gate on CJ's door and thats been a life saver he screamed at it for the first few days, but then realized he wasn't getting out! so now i put him in there, and he might play for 5 to 10 minutes then he's out like a light in his bed! i really struggled for a long time till i figured it out, just lock her butt in there, but make sure its with a baby gate that way you can easily check on them without waking them up by opening a door, plus ( u can't see thru a door!)

Gloria - posted on 05/18/2010

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What were doing is we had our girls crib next to the bed and slowly push it a little over day by day it may take a bit longer but we didn't have another one coming :) congrats by the way!

Louise - posted on 05/18/2010

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Do not get into the habit of putting the baby in bed with you it is really really hard to break the cycle and get the baby into there own bed. Make her cot look as attractive as possible may be with a duvet cover with her favourite charactor on. Play in her bedroom for a while so that she feels safe in that room during the day. Put her favourite teddy in the cot and cover him up and tell her what a good teddy he is in his big bed. Lots of smiles and positive talk in this room. After a while start to put her in the cot for a few short minutes whilst you are in her room. Lots of praise "what a big girl in your lovely bed" then calmly at night stick to your bed time routine and put her to bed in the cot with the teddy. If she cries go back in and resettle her and leave the next time she cries go in no eye contact no verbal just lye her back down and leave. Let her cry, leave it longer and longer before you go back in, just lye her down and leave. The hardest night will be night one and two but you should see an improvement by night three. It is really hard to do this so try and get somebody to babysit for a couple of hours in the day so you can get some sleep. I promise you it will work and it will be worth a couple of nights of tears to regain your own bed and get some well earned you time!

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