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Getting baby to sleep in crib


Getting your baby to sleep in a crib during the first few months can be both frustrating and challenging. The reality is that every baby has different tendencies and needs, most of which take time to get used to (for both the baby and the parents).

I recently sat down with my sister Haley, who has a 4 week old baby girl named Kacey. I was interested in her perspective as a first-time mother and if she had any successful tips to give other moms trying to get their newborns comfortable sleeping in a crib. This is what she had to say:

For many reasons, it is common for parents to put their baby next to their bed in a bassinet to sleep for the first few weeks or months of the baby’s life. This is what we are currently doing with our four week old baby, however during the day when she goes for short naps, we put her in her beautiful nursery to sleep in her ‘Status‘ crib. This way, we know that when we are ready to transition her to sleeping in her own room, she will have no problems sleeping in her crib. We have friends who’s babies have had very difficult times making the switch to sleeping in their cribs after never having been in a crib for the first three or more months of their lives. We believe we are preventing that sort of struggle from happening to us in the future, as she is able to sleep happily in her crib already.

There are some good articles available online on getting your baby to sleep in a crib easier:

The Fussy Baby Site

Ask Dr. Sears – 31 WAYS TO GET YOUR BABY TO GO TO SLEEP AND STAY ASLEEP EASIER

Buzzle.com – Getting Baby to Sleep in Crib

Today’s Parent – Everything you need to know about baby sleeping

MyChildHealth – How To Get Baby To Sleep In Crib?

We encourage you to leave a comment on this blog and post your own advice on what has worked for your baby, which may help other first-time mommies out :)

4 Comments

  1. by Dee on May 18, 2010 at 1:56 pm

    Easy, Easy, Easy…put the baby in there from day one! No fuss, no problems! :) Seriously though, we put both of our kids in their cribs from the first day they came home. I never wanted to fight the crib battle later…or have a 10 year old still sleeping in my bed. I have two video monitors in their rooms so I can watch/hear them at all times!I think your sis is spot on though, if you DO have them in the room with you-at least let them nap in their own rooms!Sorry I'm not more help!

  2. by Anonymous on May 18, 2010 at 1:57 pm

    I need that glider for my baby… and her baby… thanks..

  3. by S Club Mama on May 18, 2010 at 7:07 pm

    Honestly, we used a bassinet for about a week with our first son and never again. Babies don't really care where they sleep, as long as they are warm and feel safe. I also know that they say back is best but you do have to listen to your baby. Our oldest son would sleep on his back just fine until he learned to roll and then could sleep on his tummy himself. Our youngest son hated sleeping on his back and his side. We tried so hard until we just put him on his stomach. He's had no problems with that for 10 months.

  4. by Tracy on May 20, 2010 at 9:20 am

    My 11 month old won't sleep all night in his crib….I've tried everything. He is just like his other two brothers as far as being not so good sleepers!

 

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