Any one have advice on getting my 5 month old baby to sleep in her crib?

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Amanda - posted on 01/21/2009

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we have a 5 month old as well, and for a while he couldnt fall asleep in his crip at all! what ended up working was putting this thing calle a "sleep sheep" in with him, it has soothing sounds. also i know we are told not to put extra stuff in the crib, but before he moved around alot i put a soft blanket underneath him that was tucked in on the side of the crib. the mattress was just too new and firm and it helped a lot just to have a little cushion under him. good luck! it will get better :)

Jessica - posted on 01/21/2009

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Just put her in the crib and let her cry, do not pick her up just comfort her, i did that with my now 15 month old daughter at about 8 months and i worked great.she now loves the crib!

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I read this in a parenting Magazine (parents) I had the same problem with my son. The Doctor said they really dont have to get up in the middle of the night for that feeding (if your not breastfeeding) It said have your baby sleeping through the night in 7 days I did it and it worked. Ist night when the baby cries dont run in right away and pick him/her up just wait and see what happens if baby still crying go in and give a back rub sooth baby. Then leave. If he or she wake agian let baby cry a little longer. keep doing this routine its hard. Baby gets used of getting up for a feeding you have to train baby nope its sleep time still I know it sounds crazy but I tried it and it worked. after the 6th day he would get up cry for 5 min and go back to sleep till morning time.

Katie - posted on 01/21/2009

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My Daughter is 7 weeks now. We swaddle her in a blankey and lay her down at 9:30 and she falls asleep on her own with 10 min.  We used to sit at her bedside and put a hand on her belly and just gently rock her in the crib.

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Our first one slept in his bassinet for what felt like a year and we had a hard time getting him in his own room. We both cried at night. The 2nd one was a little easier because I would put her in her crib during her naps during the day so she was comfortable in it when we put her in there at 6 months. I don't remember too many nights of waking though I'm sure we went in there sometimes. You may try putting a shirt or nightgown that you've worn and haven't washed yet in there so she can smell you. If she has a small blanket you might try stuffing that under your shirt to get your smell on it. Then lay her on that. These little things seem big we you're in them, but they're only phases and they never last too long. Everything goes by so fast when you look back. Good luck.

Amy - posted on 01/21/2009

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After the doctor scoled me for getting up with my 8 month old during the night for a feeding, she recommended we start on the weekend. My husband and I both work during the week, so the weekend was the best starting spot. She recommended we just let her cry back to sleep as there was no need for the 2 AM feeding. After 3 nights of this she started to learn to sleep through the night. My doctor explained it becomes habit for most babies and that is why the get up through the night. It was extremely heart breaking to hear her cry, however it was the sleep she needed. She is now 10 years old and we have zero issues. We also had to do this with our son as well. Both of our kids are great sleepers and know that at 8:00 PM it is bed time. Let me know if you if this works or if you choose any other methods.

Amanda - posted on 01/21/2009

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My 3 month old didnt want to sleep in her crib at all unless she was wrapped up tight in her blanket. Im not sure if it had to do with the amount of space around her, more open then her bassinet which she could touch the side on.I also turned on her fan to give some white noise that also blocked out any noise outside the room. I aslo started just with naptimes before going to bedtime. Now she sleeps fine in her crib and actually sleeps through the night unlike when she was in our room.Although these worked for my daughter they may not work for everyone as all babies are different.Good luck!

Andrea - posted on 01/21/2009

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Start with naps first then work your way to night sleeping. It may take a few weeks. There are some really great books on sleep training for your baby that may be helpful.

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