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At least you are trying the crib! My son is still sleeping in his RnP; I'm too scared to try his crib. I know it's going to be a horrible transition - he hates being on his back!! I'm not going to stress about it though... You shouldn't either.
It's easy to feel pressure by reading posts on here about babies in cribs, STTN, CIO, etc. It seems like everyone else has these perfect baby robots, but i know there are tons of other mommys out there like you and me..our babies are being a little stubborn! but you really just need to go with the flow of your baby. Some of the best advice someone gave me when my son used to cry alll the time -" just go with it.". It's great you are trying the crib, and if you feel like you should, keep trying it. BUT don't get upset or feel like you've failed if it doesn't work right away..just go with the stage your baby is in right now.
My son is a horrible Napper- today he took 1 45 minute nap and 1 hour long nap. That's it. I find myself getting tense around nap time, and extremely mad when he has these kind of napping days!! But I try to remind myself tomorrow is a new day, and we get to try it all over again! just go with it!
You are not a failure! I'm having the same problem with my LO.
Where does your LO sleep now? Do you use a pacifier? If not, would you be willing to? Have you tried white noise? Or soft music? Does he prefer to be at an incline?
White noise doesn't do anything for us. But music seems to help the most.
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KatelynEA90:You are not a failure! I'm having the same problem with my LO.Where does your LO sleep now? Do you use a pacifier? If not, would you be willing to? Have you tried white noise? Or soft music? Does he prefer to be at an incline?White noise doesn't do anything for us. But music seems to help the most.
EveryNameIWantIsTaken:Where has your baby been sleeping? DS slept in the pack and play in our room until we were ready to move him. We tried going right to the crib in his room and it was a no go. So in a stroke of genius I moved the pack and play a few feet further from our bed and towards his room. He slept in our hallway a couple of nights, and slept in the pack and play in his room for a few nights too. Then one night we put him in the crib and he did much better. He still doesn't like drastic changes to this day, but moving him slowly away from me worked wonders.
Sweetie, I'm right there with you! I am trying to get my LO to sleep in his crib and it's not going well at all. I won't bore you with the details because it probably won't be helpful to you, and I've posted about it on here recently. Anyway, I go through ups and downs every day, and feeling like a failure is kind of my new thing right now. My DH is deployed until probably January so it's all on me... a very lonely place to be!
I agree with PP, if your LO has been sleeping in your room try to gradually move his RnP to the nursery first so that he gets used to the new room, then try the crib. A couple of things I'm trying are putting the mattress at an incline (pedi thinks he may have reflux), and using the Magic Sleep Suit (he breaks out of the swaddle within minutes of putting him down in the crib). Right now I'm letting him sleep in his swing at night and just doing naps in the crib, but am thinking maybe cold turkey is the way to go... just dreading it though so I'm waiting to see when my mom can come out to help me before I try it.
Good luck!!! We'll get there!
DS would not sleep in his crib for the longest time (the first 3 to 3 1/2 months basically). Gradually he started sleeping in there for a few hours and now I can get him to sleep there all night. Of course our problem now is he rolls back to belly and can't get back over so I have to constantly go in and flip him.
Prior to crib sleeping, the only places he would sleep would be in his swing or on my chest. Do what works for you right now momma. Keep trying the crib but don't sweat it if he's not ready for it yet. He will sleep there one day. In the meantime, do what will allow you all to get some sleep. And by the way, you are in NO WAY a failure. I have felt that way myself at times but babies do what they want, when they want and unfortunately sometimes we just have to ride it out. <<Hugs>>
This worked for me so it's worth a try (you may already be doing it, who knows). I would swaddle and shush, all the usual things. When I would go to lay him down I would bend at the waist, keeping him against me so that when his body touched the mattress, it was almost as if I was laying on top of him. Wait a little bit in that position. Then, very slowly lift away, still keeping hands on him ( I found moving one hand to his chest helped him feel I was still "there." ) Then remove one hand from him, then slowly lift the other hand off. This process took many, many, MANY minutes haha But it really helped him transition from being against me to laying there by himself. GL.
We just transistioned last week...but lo was in the cradle so her crib is MUCH more comfy. She doesnt go to sleep right away (takes usuall an hr) but she isnt screaming either. If she does get fussy, I go in and pat her on the back.
Do you have a sleep routine? That has also been helping us. Are you putting lo in when tired?
Our next step is moving naps from swing to crib---that will be harder for us than the craddle to crib for sure.
We do NOT put LO in crib when sleeping-otherwise that will be her new crutch-falling asleep on us, and also we want to avoid her waking up screaming wondering how she ended up in the crib. Also, Im not sure how many months your LO is but I would avoid letting LO CIO if under 4 months. Also, I think you want to enforce a positive association w the crib, not a negative by starting LO off by CIO the first times in the crib
I was thinking of trying him in his roomin the RNP... Good to see it worked for you!
We did this with our girls! They were in their RNPs in their room for about 3 weeks before we did the official crib transition for nights. I had them practice naps in the crib during the day once they got used to their own room. We just set up the video monitor on them so we can check when we heard them fussing, and usually they would just put themselves back to sleep. Good luck, mama!
DD just started sleeping in her crib. I started getting her familiar with it first. After I would her diaper I would put her in her crib while I went to wash my hands and talk to her the whole time.
When I put her in her crib, I have to quickly put her on her side and put her blanket on her.
Mine have been in their cribs since 6 weeks. Two weeks ago they got colds and were really congested so we had them sleep in their RNP's. Now they don't want to go back to their cribs. They're also still swaddled and are breaking out and starting to roll so we have to break them of swaddles but they won't sleep at all without them. Same as your son, they'll be out in our arms but the second we put them down anywhere they're right back up. They've also been STTN since about 12 weeks, but for the past week DD2 has decided that 5am is the perfect play time. Shoot me, please!
I was one of those people counting their lucky stars for our great sleepers and now we're having a bunch of issues. I bet he sleeps in a crib before we get the girls to sleep without swaddles
Redsoxchick:I can't get LO to sleep in his crib....I've tried everything! It's not like he won't sleep long, he won't sleep AT ALL! Even if he's completely out he wakes right up in there. I feel so defeated
My DD was like this too- it totally baffled me. My DD #1 had no issues with it. I tried everything, white noise, swaddles, rocking to sleep. Nothing worked. I keep talking about it but Merlin's sleep suit was THE KEY!!! She still doesn't STTN but she WILL SLEEP IN THE CRIB! This is so huge for me!