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Robby wakes up every morning at 2 and again at 5. He doesn't need to eat until anywhere from 6-8 am. He used to eat at 2, but doesn't want to eat anymore at that time so I think his body is just used to getting up at that hour. I usually change him and put him back to bed, but he gets aggravated and wants to play. I was wondering whether it's ok at this age for him to have a few toys in his crib to keep him occupied; maybe he won't even cry and need to be checked on? I would just use books and things that aren't likely to suffocate him. I know at some point kids start having toys in their cribs, but just don't know what the age is exactly when that happens?
I personally wouldn't do it, not because of suffocation but because I would worry that would encourage a baby to stay up in the middle of the night...idk though. I try to not let her play in the crib because I compare it to an adult bed...I've always heard the bed should just be used for sleep & sex so there is a clear association; it's supposed to improve your quality of sleep.
I don't think having toys in the crib at this age is a big deal. As long as it isn't huge stuffed animals I think it's fine from the suffocation standpoint. I put the bumpers back on our crib recently because she was rolling into the bars and waking herself up. She also sleeps with a blanket.
Claire Ellene 2/13/12 8 lbs 6 oz 21"
Winter ends up with several blankets a night because she'll get covered, roll from under it, get covered with a second, kick it half way off...
She actually doesn't play much with her stuffed animals. I take her play toys out. When Winter sucks her fingers she likes to rub something soft with her other hand or squeeze a small stuffed animal. Sucking her fingers normally gets her back to sleep. The stuffed animals are her version of Linus's Blanket.
Many of her pictures are now taken this way because those fingers are constantly in her mouth!
Thanks, ladies. I was wondering about having an association with playing, too, that might make sleep problems for him later. But I tried it anyway, and he doesn't use the toys, lol. He was used to waking up at a certain time for feeding, but I just let him cry and after 5-7 minutes he is right back to sleep. I'm going to take the toys out and just leave him with the lovey he's had forever (can't sleep without it!) and his blanket (which he kicks off anyway).
Winter is toooo adorable with that lovey and her fingers in her mouth!
Thanks. =) Her fave stuffed animals are now a blue turtle from her swing and a pink zombie fish from Monster High. I'll need to save them when she's done. I saved some of Alice's. little Pooh characters from a mobile she was always trying to get.