Sleeping in Bed??

Terri - posted on 01/09/2009 ( 13 moms have responded )

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My 2 month old is a decent sleeper... when it's not in her crib. Her favorite place to sleep is her swing however I really dont want this as a habit. As soon as you set her in her crib she freaks out. I can lay her in a playpen and she sleeps great in a swing or bouncy chair any suggestions on getting her used to the crib?

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Kari - posted on 01/10/2009

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I had the same issue with my daughter. She sleep in her swing for 8 months.Fournunatly she was a very small baby. I know that is extream but I did what I needed to do. One day I decided to just let her cry it out in the swing. It took her only three days to start sleeping her her swing.My Son sleep in her car seat in his crib for four months. Again I just waited him out in his crib and it was never as bad as I thought it would be.Good luck with whatever you do and remember you do what you need to do and you are still a good mom. Some poeple would really get on me for the sleeping thing.

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Letting my baby sleep in his swing was the only way I got him through the night-I slowly transitioned him to a crib.  Just be patient.  The bouncy could get bumped and flip-I'm a nurse, I have seen everything.  Just make sure her head if free from blankets.  I accidently feel asleep on the couch one night and I woke up at 4am to see he was sleeping great and did all night-after a week I waited till he was out cold (after his last feeding) and started putting him in his crib.  You just need a week or two to let him get in the habit of sleeping all night before you try to put him in the crib (while he is still asleep) if he wakes up, but him back in the swing.  This won't go on forever.  The older she gets, the less she will fight the crb.  Good luck!

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Letting my baby sleep in his swing was the only way I got him through the night-I slowly transitioned him to a crib.  Just be patient.  The bouncy could get bumped and flip-I'm a nurse, I have seen everything.  Just make sure her head if free from blankets.  I accidently feel asleep on the couch one night and I woke up at 4am to see he was sleeping great and did all night-after a week I waited till he was out cold (after his last feeding) and started putting him in his crib.  You just need a week or two to let him get in the habit of sleeping all night before you try to put him in the crib (while he is still asleep) if he wakes up, but him back in the swing.  This won't go on forever.  The older she gets, the less she will fight the crb.  Good luck!

Jennifer - posted on 01/10/2009

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My daughter was an anti-crib child. We tried and tried until I was exhausted from calming her down and then sleeping on the couch while she slept in the playpen. At 10 months, she had a mattress on the floor (I was worried about falling and she could already walk, so she could come to our room if she needed). We haven't looked back. She got her "big girl" bed a little after her first birthday, and where she sleeps is no longer an issue, almost a year after that.

On a separate note: my neighbour had twin boys and never did put them in cribs. There wasn't room for two, so they were in playpens from the time they came home until they were two.

You'll find what works for you - a compromise somewhere that lets you both get some sleep! :)

Sally - posted on 01/10/2009

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My baby naps in her swing all the time... but when she falls asleep around bed time, I place her in her crib... I only use the crib for her bedtime sleep. She's gotten used to this routine, and she is 3 1/2 months old.

Ahna - posted on 01/10/2009

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This is always such a struggle. My daughters (all 3) slept in their car seats for many months. They needed to feel secure. I have a good friend who learned that if she swaddled her daughter - quite tight - that she'd sleep anywhere. Think about it - they come out of a tight, warm little space into a huge, chilly world. They are looking for that same comfort!

Sheri - posted on 01/10/2009

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When my children were infants, there was a devise that had adjustable wedges on each side of their bodies that would snuggle close to them and make them feel secure. If I didn't have that with me, I would lay my arms on each side of her for a few minutes make her feel secure until she drifted off to sleep.

Judi - posted on 01/10/2009

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My son only napped in his swing or in his play pen until he was about 4 or 5 months old.  We didn't even use the crib until then.  Do you swaddle your baby her when she sleeps?  Sometimes that helps.  Remember they came from a very small cramped place the crib might be too big and overwhelming while she is still tiny.  Just a thoguht!

Amy - posted on 01/10/2009

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put her bouncy chair in the crib or playpen. she will get used to it, but dont worry so much as long as she sleeps they will grow out of that and into the crib. my son slept in his car seat in his crib for months then finally slept in his crib

Ashley - posted on 01/09/2009

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According to Dr. Karp (Happiest Baby on the Block), the fussy symptoms of a colicky baby subside by 3 months--and one of his tricks to soothe a fussy baby or help them sleep is to put them in a swing. My daughter almost exclusively napped in her swing until recently (and she slept in bed with us at night). She's 3 1/2 months now, very interested in playing until she conks out for her daytime naps, and has very little tolerance for her swing anymore. My friend's baby, who is the same age as mine would also *only* sleep long stretches in his swing (they had a little travel swing, they'd move it from room to room with them to keep him asleep)--and he's sleeping without it just fine now as well. Shortly after we hit that 3 month mark, we both noticed that the babies spent less time fussing (except for those teething moments, but that's a whole separate issue) and are more amenable to sleeping in different situations. What I'm trying to say is--if you have a method to help your baby sleep well, don't sweat it! Put the swing or bouncy chair in your bedroom if you'd like, and just think of it as an alternative to a bassinet. Strap your baby in and get some rest.
Also, someone gave me the good advice to put my daughter in her crib to play when she's awake and in a good mood--that way she gets used to her room and her crib, but I'm not forcing her to sleep there or making her cry herself to sleep at night. She'll just be accustomed to "her" space so when the time is right and she's ready to sleep in there, it'll be an easier transition.

Dia - posted on 01/09/2009

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I left my middel child in his playpen to sleep i know it is kind of a wirred place to have them sleep and we all have it in our heads they have to sleep in thier cribs but if they sleep in a playpen and not in your bed i am game for it.

Patty - posted on 01/09/2009

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I found if I keeped up a routine, my daughter would go to sleep anywhere I left her. I would feed and cuddle with her befor her nap or bed time and she's sleeps great every where. Good luck.

Katherine - posted on 01/09/2009

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I have had the same problem with my daughter, except she would only sleep in my bed.  That is until this month.  I watched a television program that said that five months was the perfect time to start re-teaching them.  Since the program, I have been rocking her to sleep and then putting her in her crib.  If she cries...well...I have been letting her cry but no more than 10 to 15 minutes at a time because after that their brain function alters.  She has learned that her crib is ok after about a week.  I don't know if it will work for you but the hardest for me was separation and hearing her cry.

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