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A 30-year-old member asked:

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

2 doctor answers5 doctors weighed in
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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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 35 years experience
Yes: Cribs are very safe for infants, and cribs make life less stressful for babies and their parents. In a crib, a baby can fall asleep, wake up, make noises, play with toys, look around the room, and fall asleep again . . . All without the intervention of a parent. If a crib and its contents are properly set up, an infant cannot climb out of the crib. Therefore, the infant can't get into trouble.
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A 36-year-old member asked:

What should I do if my baby will not sleep in a crib?

2 doctor answers7 doctors weighed in
Dr. Carlo Hatem
Pulmonary Critical Care 27 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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A 47-year-old member asked:

When will baby sleep through the night in its crib?

1 doctor answer1 doctor weighed in
Dr. Johanna Fricke
Pediatrics - Developmental and Behavioral 52 years experience
Sleep consolidation : Through self-regulation occurs between 1-4 mos. If there has been a consistent bedtime & bedtime routine ( rocking, reading, feeding, wiping out baby's mouth with a soft cloth after the last feed) & baby is put in his own bed in his own room, drowsy, but awake. Allow him 5 min. To self-calm if he awakens. At 6 mos. Old, your going in & making eye contact will create a " trained night crier.".
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A 40-year-old member asked:

How to make your baby sleep in crib in his room?

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 48 years experience
Start out that way: Though sometimes hard, delivery is the natural point to separate baby from mom in some wakeful & all sleep intervals. Parents can create a restful area for babies crib & enlist audible or visual monitors if worried.Babies are capable of learning to self settle in sleep almost immediately & will do so unless a parent insists on rocking or holding until asleep.
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Last updated Mar 20, 2015

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