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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.
Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 33 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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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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How do I get my baby to sleep in a crib?

6 doctor answers14 doctors weighed in
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.
A 36-year-old member asked:

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 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 47-year-old member asked:

When will baby sleep through the night in its crib?

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Dr. Johanna Fricke
Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics 50 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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