How do you get a 5 month old to sleep in his own crib????

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Heather - posted on 01/07/2009

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ferberize! but you have to do it at the right time, a few weeks before my daughter slept in her own crib/room, I had tried and she cried for 45 mins and i gave up. then a few weeks later, she cried for 10 mins and went to sleep. timing is everything, if it is soooo hard for you, it might not be time yet. i remember feeling really annoyed bc i had to nurse her to sleep and sometimes that meant i went to bed at 8:00, but at the same time i dont' think i was ready to let her cry it out (and i couldn't figure out a why to make the switch with no crying). you'll know what to do, and once you do it, you'll have to do it again when they teeth, are sick, after vacation...i don't think we get to sleep all night anymore!

Amber - posted on 01/07/2009

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My daughter wouldn't sleep in her crib for anything.....She would scream and I tried to just let her scream it out but she wouldn't give it up.  I read that you should go through your normal bedtime routine and go ahead lay them in the crib but sit down close enough they can see you easily but not close enough they can reach you.  Sit there for as long as it takes but do not talk or make eye contact.  Every night move a little farther away.  Each night it should get shorter and shorter that you have to sit there.  I did this with my daughter and by night #4 she didn't even cry.  Hope this helps.:)

Candace - posted on 01/07/2009

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Personally I am not a fan of the cry it out method, however every baby is different and you do what works for you. My little girl is 11 months old and loves her crib, she sleeps 12 to 14 hours a night 95 % of the time. (occasionally she will wake once for a bottle) I started her in her crib when she was about 8 weeks old prior to that she wouldn't sleep any where but on my chest. That was hard! I started her slowly by getting her use to it and then prolonging the time she was in the crib. At first I went to her any time she cried, as she got older any time she fussed I waited longer and longer before going to her. If she cried ( more then fussing) I went to her, often because she needed something, a bottle or a diaper change. It didn't take long and she was loving her crib. I made sure it was always a happy experience.

It worked for me, but you know your baby best! The website babycenter.ca or .com has great tips from experts, it may help. Good luck!

Rachel - posted on 01/07/2009

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I have tried music and have been doing the whole bed, bath, book, bed routine but everytime I lay him down he wakes right up and starts crying. I wasn't sure at what age you could let them cry it out and how long you could let them cry for. The last time we tried he cried for 6 hours.:(

Rachel - posted on 01/07/2009

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Is it ok to let them cry it out at this age? The last time that we tried to get him in his crib he cried for 6 hours. I tried what the dr said and just went in every 10 min to comfort him, but that seemed to make him worse not better.

Cayleen - posted on 01/07/2009

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Oh boy do I agree nip it in the butt now or you will regret it. Letting them cry is important, it helps them learn how to sooth themselves to sleep. Did you try playing some music? My son listens to a CD every night to fall asleep.

Kelly - posted on 01/07/2009

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You have to be consistent, I know that it is rough but you have to let them cry it out. It may me 3 or 4 night of craziness, but after that it should me easy.

But if you give in, they will just continue to cry.
Nip it in the bud now, it will make your life easier later on.

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