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    Default Rookie Mom Question: Transitioning Baby to Crib

    I was hoping to draw on the experiences of any seasoned moms and dads on the board to see if they had any ideas for getting baby to sleep in the crib?

    It's been six glorious weeks () of sharing a room with my son, but I would like to have him in his own room now. He's not a terrible sleeper for coming up on six weeks - he knows the difference between day and night and will go right back to sleep after his nighttime feedings - but he hasn't done well in his crib.

    Right now, he sleeps in a bassinet next to my bed and is still feeding every 2-3 hours. Our pediatrician says he should really start doing more time between feedings at night sometime soon and transitioning to the crib will probably help but, so far, it's been rough. I started by having him spend time in his crib, which he doesn't mind at all. Then I had him nap in there, which has been met with varying degrees of success. But at nighttime, he goes on high alert and cries when I put him down - even if he's just about sound alseep.

    Any suggestions for helping baby transition to the crib for a momma who is not a big fan of the "cry it out" method? Is it too early for him? Any advice is appreciated!

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    Default Re: Rookie Mom Question: Transitioning Baby to Crib

    Oh girl. I feel for you. My boyfriend helped me through the "crying it out" phase with my daughter. He sat with me while I cried in the living room (whilst my daughter cried in her crib). It was awful....sadly, probably more awful for me! LOL My second daughter was a big fan of the light/soft music type toys that you can hang over the crib. Sometimes I had to restart them a few times but eventually she would drift off to sleep.

    It seems like just yesterday but my "baby" is 4 1/2 years now!

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    From EBN....The crib toy/show/nightlight... Was my lifesaver...


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    My sister used a device that simulated a heart beat... Not sure if they still make them, but it worked for her second baby
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    Default Re: Rookie Mom Question: Transitioning Baby to Crib

    we kinda did cry it out but as the others said it was easier prob for him than me! I did exactly as you started with a little time in the crib, then naps in the crib then sleeping in the crib. Just keep it up, I would go back in there after I couldn't handle the crying and rub his back standing at the crib, not picking him up, just lightly rubbing his back lights off no talking...eventually it'll get better it does just take time and routine! Don't give up! They grow to fast and soon you'll wish you could have those sleepless nights just to snuggle with a little baby again! I know I do!! Good luck!

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    Quote Originally Posted by jlcox24 View Post
    we kinda did cry it out but as the others said it was easier prob for him than me! I did exactly as you started with a little time in the crib, then naps in the crib then sleeping in the crib. Just keep it up, I would go back in there after I couldn't handle the crying and rub his back standing at the crib, not picking him up, just lightly rubbing his back lights off no talking...eventually it'll get better it does just take time and routine! Don't give up! They grow to fast and soon you'll wish you could have those sleepless nights just to snuggle with a little baby again! I know I do!! Good luck!




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    Quote Originally Posted by desertskybulldogs View Post
    From EBN....The crib toy/show/nightlight... Was my lifesaver...


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    He LOVES it...I will take a video of him watching it for you guys. He is captivated. He will lay in his crib and watch that for 30 minutes...then cry!

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    Default Re: Rookie Mom Question: Transitioning Baby to Crib

    I use the aquarium night show crib toy thing for both my kids, and now my grandson. He's 2 and he STILL loves it!!! I agree w/the above advice, just keep checking in on him, rubbing his back... but try NOT to pick him up. Hopefully he will get used to in no time, and Mom can get some

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