(Closed) Sleep Help – Getting LO to sleep in a crib?

posted 7 years ago in Babies
Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2007

This is a hard one because something different works for everyone.

Just a question – how long has he been up when you put him down? I put Warren down 90 minutes from when he got up. So our cycle was for example Get up at 7am – Change – Nurse – Play for while – down for a nap at 8:30am. At 5 mos he’s just now showing signs of needing more wake time – I’m in the midst of adjusting to find a new ‘cycle’ that works – so I know all about fighting naps!

You can take or leave this as I’m sure it controversial – I found he’d take about an hour long nap if I swaddled him on his back and a 2-3 hr nap if I laid him on his tummy. So he’s been napping on his tummy.

Random I give him his paci for naps but not at night. For bedtime I still swaddle him and lay him on his back – and he’s 5 mos now.

Good Luck!

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

Not to get all crazy about it or anything, but I do want to point out that babies under 6 months old should be put to sleep on their backs, because it decreases the frequency of SIDS.  Propping one shoulder up so they’re slightly on their sides may be a reasonable alternative, as long as they can’t roll over.

Post # 5
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2009

Are you having issues getting him to sleep at all?  Or just getting him to sleep in his crib?

Post # 6
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2009

We’ve never been successful at getting the baby to nap in a crib.  She sleeps on daddy during the day and co-sleeps with us at night.

Post # 9
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2009

@beanieboo:  Ok, gotcha.  ๐Ÿ™‚  Here’s some of the things that have worked for us:

  • We try to put Addie down before she starts showing signs of being tired.  At 3 months, she was only going 1-1.5 hours in between sleeping; now at 7.5 months, she’s up to 1 hour between getting up for the day and her first nap, 2 hours between her other naps, and 3 hours between her last nap and bed time. 
  • I think nap and bed time routines are really important.  It triggers sleepiness and lets your baby know what comes next.  Addie’s nap and bed time routines are so ingrained, we don’t even have to rock her to sleep any more; she just puts her self to sleep because she knows that’s the next step.
  • When we were transitioning Addie to her crib for naps (she still sleeps with us at night), we let her fall asleep in our arms and then we would move her to the crib.  After a while, she learned that she could sleep there, just like she could sleep in the car seat, the co-sleeper, the bouncy chair, etc…
  • We also tried to keep the crib a really positive experience.  I would lay her in there while doing stuff in her room and play with her or talk to her in her crib.  If she ever cried, I immediately took her out of her crib because I didn’t want her to associate it with being upset.
  • At about 3-4 months is also when we introduced Addie to a “lovey.”  She has a couple of the stuffed animal heads that have the blanket bodies (like this).  When we were rocking her to sleep, we put the lovey between our bodies; she also went through a weird “licking to sleep” phase at this time, so she would hold on to and lick the lovey while she was being rocked.  After she fell asleep, we took the lovey out of the crib (but now, we leave it with her since she has the awareness to move it away from her face).  I think the lovey helps her feel comforted and safe, even when we’re not in sight.
  • We’ve also tried to just kinda follow Addie’s cues.  Sometimes it’s harder for her to sleep because she’s teething or going through a new development.  We just try to follow what it seems like she wants and try out new things until they work.  We try not to be so rigid that her sleep suffers.  Example:  she’s been having a hard time sleeping this last week (up 3-4 times a night, only taking 30 minute naps, etc…).  On Saturday, I put her to sleep in her car seat for the last nap of the day, and yesterday I held her for the last nap of the day, just so she could get a couple hours of solid sleep.  I still followed our usual routine for every nap and bed time, I just made adjustments to the last nap of the day so she would sleep well at night (and she was up only once last night!).  When she gets through this tough period, we’ll go back 100% to our normal routine, but for now, it’s more important that she get good sleep than it is that she sleep in her crib.

Come to think of it, I’m pretty sure Addie went through a big sleep regression at 3-4 months.  If I remember right, Ceci did too, right DG?

Post # 10
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2009

I’ll add, from your last post, it also sounds like maybe your little guy is only doing one or two sleep cycles at a time?  We go through this periodically, and what I do is go in at the end of 1 sleep cycle (30-45 minutes) to check on her.  Once Addie starts stirring, I immediately start shushing/patting until she quiets down again.  If she wakes up, I don’t talk to her; I just pick her up and shush/rock her until she falls back asleep.  Sometimes it takes 1/2 hour of doing that until she goes back to sleep, but she’ll usually sleep longer after that.  Once she gets through whatever is making her not sleep at the time, she’s able to transition through sleep cycles without my help.

Post # 11
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2007

@Mrs. Spring: Excellent thoughts and advice ๐Ÿ™‚ Funny I was just reading through your comments when Warren woke after only 45mins.. and I thought man that’s just a sleep cycle for you – it’s not time to get up. So I gave him a little love and laid him back down!

I’ve read most of these things but sometimes you forget little thoughts/tricks in the midst of life. Always good to continue to read and learn via the message boards from what works for other moms.

Warren doesn’t snuggle with his lovey much but I did catch this picture last week and it’s too cute not to post. The lovey is a gift from his 3 year old cousin. As soon as he was born she insisted to my SIL that he needed a ‘lovey’ ๐Ÿ™‚

 

Post # 12
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2009

Gah, Jilian, that is such a cute picture! 

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