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I've had to do this at some point with all of my other kids... just want to know how you guys do it. It's about time to get Elijah to sleep in his crib at night. Elijah won't go to bed anymore until we do (before he would fall asleep on me while dh and I watched tv at night). I don't want to do CIO. With our other kids, we would put them in their crib, rub their backs, shush them, etc. until they fell asleep. Is this the only way to do it? Is there a better way?
Since he is already asleep when you go to bed, why don't you just put him in the crib then and see how he does? I think it's a good start to at least start sleeping in the crib; staying in it is harder. Some days Luyando sleeps all night in her crib, some days she wakes up and wants out to sleep with me, and some days she wakes up for milk (in a bottle) and goes right back to sleep in her crib. It will require some work but he may transition easier than you think.
He used to be asleep first, but lately he won't fall asleep until we get in the bed with him. If dh doesn't go to bed right away, he'll even wake up looking for him after awhile! It's cute, but difficult at the same time!
Basically, he'll have to be put down awake and have to learn to go to sleep, but I don't want him to CIO.
With Luyando when she wants out in the middle of the night to sleep with me, I give in, bring her to bed with me and take her back once she is asleep. That way, I avoid the CIO and still get her to sleep in her bed. She sleeps fine in it for naps, she just longs for me on some nights.
I did something called the Sleep Shuffle and that worked best for us. I started by laying down next to his crib and using comforting words and rubbing his legs. The first day was the toughest. I then moved away a little bit every 3 days, but still comforted him as needed. He was sleeping full-time in his crib, and even napping in there, within a week. Ten Steps to Sleep-Training Success
I know Kristen recommends the Pick Up Put Down by the Baby Whisperer but it was too stimulating for Sean.
we started with Emma after about 6-7 months. She did better than I did. Its harder when they are older. My daughter is going threw HELL after trying for months to get her almost 2 year old in a crib or bed or anywhere but their bed. LOL
She is getting ready to have another baby this March and told me,"Mom...I will NEVER EVER EVER co sleep after 4 months again!" LOL She has not rested in almost 2 years. Some kids are harder than others. We co slept with some and they did fine during transitioning to a crib.My grandson is extra stubborn tho.
Please let me know what worked for you.
Sonja, mommy to 6 girls & 4 boys
And baby # 11 due early Oct, 2014
And 4 beautiful grandbabies !