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How do i get my baby to sleep in a crib?

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Dr. Michael Pappas
Pediatrics 23 years experience
Routine: Most of us have a routine that prepares us for sleep. You can do the same for your baby, by clearly letting him/her know that bedtime is near. Try to always perform the same routine before bedtime, e.g. Bath, rocking, singing, etc so your little one always is ready for bed. Eventually your baby will get the message. Even if they cry, gently reassure and leave the room.
Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 33 years experience
Consistent routine: A baby can be taught to sleep in a crib from birth to about 15-18 months. After 15-18 months, some babies can climb out of a crib. From the beginning, parents should keep a consistent, unexciting bedtime routine, so their baby gets sleepy instead of stimulated. After putting the baby down to sleep, parents should stay where the baby cannot see them, if their baby is a hard-to-fall-asleep baby.
Dr. Scott Katz
Pediatrics 26 years experience
Be Firm/Consistent: This is always easier advice to give than take, but it will work, and all books on the topic use some permutation of this advice. Put your baby in the crib when they are drowsy but still awake so they associate the crib with falling asleep. They will cry, but will learn to sleep in the crib in 7-10 days. Don't let them train you to rock them to sleep, bring to your bed, etc. They will be fine.
Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 33 years experience
Quiet bedtime habits: From birth to about 15-18 months, a baby can be taught to sleep in a crib. After 15-18 months, some babies can climb out of a crib. From the beginning, parents should keep a consistent, unexciting bedtime routine, so their baby gets sleepy instead of stimulated. After putting the baby down to sleep, parents should stay where the baby cannot see them, if their baby is a hard-to-fall-asleep baby.
Dr. Derrick Lonsdale
Preventive Medicine 73 years experience
Patience: As long as you pander to him he will keep it up indefinitely. You have to leave him in the crib until lhe gets the message. It requires patience, love and understanding.Read a book on child care.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Agree w Dr. Lonsdale: It was one of the hardest things for me as a parent. I felt so distressed when my babies cried. I even cried when they had to get shots. What i mean is that i cried harder then they did. Sometimes they have to cry to sleep a bit before they learn to self soothe. Hope you are better at this than i was.

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How can I get my baby to go to sleep in a crib?

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Dr. Pamela Lindor
Pediatrics 32 years experience
Put him in Awake: Make sure that when you put your baby down for nap, for sleep, or just for a "rest" that he/she remembers being put down in the crib. This means you can change, feed, rock, sooth the baby until he/she is drowsy and starting to nod off, but that he/she has to remember being put in the crib and falling asleep on his/her own. This is key to getting a good night's sleep!
A 30-year-old member asked:

Is it necessary for my baby to sleep in a crib?

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Dr. Nanette Nuessle
Specializes in Pediatrics
No: This is called co-sleeping and is encouraged in many cultures. Before you start co-sleeping, you should be aware of 2 things. The first is that it is associated with a higher risk of sids. The second is that you will need a plan for getting your infant out of your bed at a specific age. Without this plan, I have seen co-sleeping go on into the grade school years.
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When can my baby start sleeping in a crib?

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Dr. Pamela Lindor
Pediatrics 32 years experience
Moving to the crib: Babies can sleep in a basinette, crib or approved cosleeper (which attaches to the mothers bed and allows easy access to breastfeed) right from birth. Many parents prefer to have the baby near them at night in the first 3 months, especially if breastfeeding. Moving into a crib around 3-4 months, once night time feeds are fewer and the baby is better at self soothing, usually works well.
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What should I do if my baby will not sleep in a crib?

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Dr. Carlo Hatem
Pulmonary Critical Care 25 years experience
Check crib: Make sure that crib is comfortable, that the room is not too cold or too warm, no scary things around. The next steps will take a few days but you need to do it. Put the baby in the crib. Leave the room. Let him/her cry a little bit. You can return to the room, try not to pick the baby up. No yelling, no screaming, no body punishment, just make it clear that the baby has to sleep in the crib.
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How can I get my baby to sleep at naptime?

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Dr. Anatoly Belilovsky
Pediatrics 35 years experience
Wake them early: Babies sleep when they need to, and you can't make them sleep if they are not sleepy. You can wake them earlier in the am to make them tire out earlier; or you can leave them alone. There is nothing absolutely essential about naptime.

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