Moving to crib...

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Moving to crib...

Last night did it for me. Both of the kids sleep with us and.both of them refused to sleep last night. Dh and I have been talking about getting chloe to sleep on her own in her crib for awhile now. She no longer nurses or even takes a bottle at night... Wish me luck lol. Any tips would be great! As far.as trevor goes, he is easy to get him to his own.bed but we need to be better about getting him to stay there.

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i don't know about transitioning an older baby, but we moved Lucas to his crib when he was three months. It was a little hard at first, I put his bassinet in the crib and halved his crib to feel smaller and he was fine eventually. Good luck!

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Both mine have slept so much better in their own crib, I think they like the extra space Smile I don't really have any advice, I just went cold turkey.

I did have a baby gate on DS1's bedroom door so if he got up he couldn't get out. It took him about 6 months but he got the idea that he doesn't come in our bed unless really necessary. Actually I think there is an invisible one there now, when he wakes up (nightmare/needing a wee/in the morning) he stands in his doorway and whispers really loud until we go to him Lol I think I must be a mean mum Wink

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With Aiden we started with naps in the crib. Then we moved to putting him down in the crib for the first part of the night and cosleeping the rest of the night. Then we had to finally just keep going in there and putting him back asleep in his crib. We all know that was a slow process, but we got there!

Sarah, I know a mom who did that with her 2 year old soon after the new baby was born. 2 year old kept creeping in the middle of the night to the baby's room, waking the baby up because she wanted to play. Lol

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I feel like a mean mom sometimes too, especailly when it comes to chloe. She totally tests me! Trevor was the sweetest most adorable baby ever. Chloe while cute, can just get to me sometimes. She was born crying and has never stopped! She is also SUPER needy and I hardly can take a shower without having to hear her having a fit about it. It is getting better, but only because I am taking the, I will no longer let her be a brat, step!
Dh is on board for trying to get her to sleep in her room in her crib tonight.. we will see how this goes. She totally freaks when she sees me, so I wonder if having dh go in there to soothe her would be better? I know I am not gonna be able to just listen to her cry constantly.. I think about every 10 minutes or so, one of us will go in there and pat her on the back or something? lol

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I'm just about ready to ship Teagan off to her own room. Problem is, FIL is occupying her room. He should be leaving pretty soon though. I think Teagan will start sleeping longer once she's in her own room. As it is, she wakes up about 10 minutes after I come to bed. Doesn't matter what time it is, she wakes up and I bring her into bed with me. Perhaps if she's in her own room she won't hear me. I'll probably start out by putting her down in her crib in her room and bringing her back into our bed when she first wakes. Then (when I'm more serious about getting her to STTN) I'll start sending DH to soothe her back to sleep. Sending Daddy will most likely help you guys A LOT.

Does she nap in her crib right now?

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My daughter has NEVER been in her crib in her entire life!!! lol So no, she doesn't nap in her crib yet. I think once she gets the idea that it is for sleeping than I will introduce it to her for napping also, which would be AMAZING because I have to hold her while she naps.. usually it is fine because I get house work done in the morning and than while she naps in the after noon for a hour I watch some tv..but I could be way more productive if she napped in there too..

we will see.. I am already starting to feel guilty lol!!! What is wrong with me? This morning I was determined to get her to bed in that crib tonight, I still am gonna do it but I don't feel like I have to or the world will end anymore.

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Wow, you hold her for her naps?! I'd never get anything done if I had to do that. I think you should try getting her to nap in the crib first before trying for bed time. It might be an easier transition. Does she let you put her down at all during her naps?

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I wouldn't get anything done either!! Plus Lucas would never fall asleep if I was holding him. I am curious to know if she lets you put her down as well.

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I think it'll be hard at first since she isn't used to being in her crib at all. But if you stay the course and are consistent it shouldn't be too long for her to get the message. I would never get anything done if I had to hold Lyla for naps!! That is prime get-stuff-done time for me!

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lol, the answer is most defiantly not! She will not even let me sneak off of the couch 50% of the time! I am sure it's my fault, since Trevor was the same way Smile

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My dd was like this when she was younger-my MIL was staying with us for several months and she was happy to hold her for naps, or I would wear her in a sling. I'm not really sure how she learned to sleep on her own-I don't think it was anything I did. I did use to nurse her to sleep while lying in the middle of our bed, then sneak away when she was asleep before she could move much. Right about the time she learned to roll over well, which wasn't til around 8 months, she started accepting to fall asleep/stay asleep in her packnplay or crib which was good since then I couldn't safely leave her on the bed. I think starting out with trying to get her to nap on her own would be an easier transition then starting with nights, plus if you have to spend a lot of time soothing her, it will be easier for you to stick it out when you are awake during the day:) And its good that your dh is on board, he may have better luck getting her to go down than you. I have to nurse my dd to get her to sleep, but for my dh he can just rock her.

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My baby slept in her crib till 9:30-4am!! we put her in there and she cried for 10 minutes, out was horrible but then Dh went in there and did a great job and helped her sooth herself. He patted her on the back and she fell right to sleep..

At 4am dh brought her into our room lol..oh well its a start

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That's a fantastic start! Last night Aiden was in our room cosleeping for 3 hours. Well, DH got to sleep. I was the boob lady. :rolleyes:

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I think that's a pretty awesome start considering she's never slept in a crib! If Teagan slept that long in her crib I'd be ecstatic.

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ladies, guess who is sleeping in her crib for a nap!!!!!! OMG I am so happy, it took about a hour to settle her down, but I didn't even make her cio! I just stood next to her crib and every time she got back up I would kiss her head, lay her down, cover her back up, put her paci back in and eventually she just knocked out!!! I think I am gonna try this method again tonight! I remember being the boob lady, that had to stop lol! She also went threw wanting a bottle in the middle of the night and I'd just make her go without,eventually she got the clue.. maybe she is not as hard headed as I thought!?

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that's great!!:)

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Yay!!! That's great! It sounds like she is making a great transition to her crib! I always find that my babies sleep so much better in their own crib in their own room. I can't imagine holding Lucas while he naps. In fact, I don't think I could even get him to fall asleep if I was holding him! My babies are very picky about falling alseep only in their cribs/beds, and MAYBE the carseat if they are super tired.

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"Vstarr" wrote:

Yay!!! That's great! It sounds like she is making a great transition to her crib! I always find that my babies sleep so much better in their own crib in their own room. I can't imagine holding Lucas while he naps. In fact, I don't think I could even get him to fall asleep if I was holding him! My babies are very picky about falling alseep only in their cribs/beds, and MAYBE the carseat if they are super tired.

This is our goal! I have to say you are super lucky!!!! I have never been able to accomplish that with either of my spoiled brats-yet!
Chloe went down without a fuss last night at 9:30 but came to our bed at 1:30! Stinker! Oh well, tonight I might try to settle her down back in her crib if she wakes up since it is friday and if I need help dh can help me out.

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I'm glad to hear that transitioning to the crib is going a lot easier than expected. It sounds like she was ready for the change too Smile

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Yea it seems like it. She slept from 10-5am last night! I'm so proud of her

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Hooray. Ronin was doing about 3-4 hours in his own room, then after a feed in the portacot in our room, but for the last week or so he won't sleep anywhere at night but right next ton me and he has to have an arm or a leg draped over me or else he wakes up.

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"Newlywed630" wrote:

Yea it seems like it. She slept from 10-5am last night! I'm so proud of her

Woo hoo! Smile