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

7 doctors weighed in across 2 answers
Dr. Carlo Hatem answered

Specializes in Pulmonary Critical Care

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.

Answered 5/7/2016


Dr. Timothy Ashley answered

Specializes in Internal Medicine and Pediatrics

Depends: Adjustment to a crib with crying is normal; a child of any age can safely cry unattended in crib for 5-10 minutes and may self-comfort. Children older than 8-9 months may need to be left for longer. For older infants, a transitional object like teddy bear may help (avoid toys with small infants). Discuss with pediatrician for strategies and to ensure no medical or developmental issues are at play.

Answered 7/22/2013



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