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January 14th, 2011, 07:47 AM
jewelsgurl23's Avatar Abby and Amber's Momma
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hi ladies

i was wondering if any of you ladies have any tips or ideas of how to get abby to transition back to her crib to sleep. she's currently sleeping all night with us and she pretty much refuses to sleep in her pack and play for her naps.

im going to give you a quick timeline of her past sleeping habits

newborn to 4 and a half months old - no problem with sleeping in crib and sttn.

5 months old- starts to sleep with me in the morning after her morning bottle and we would sleep for 2 hours in our bed together. she is still sttn in her crib till her morning bottle.

6 months old- starts out in our bed then we move her to her crib about 12am and she sleeps the rest of the time in her crib.

7 months- now she starts in our bed and ends up sleeping with us all night. we have tried to move her back to her bed and exactly 30 mins later she wakes up all of a sudden and realizes shes not in bed with us and crys and she ends up back in bed with us.

any suggestions on how to help transition her back to her crib? dh thinks she will be sleeping with us till march. then it will start warming up and maybe she will sleep back in her crib. i just told dh this morning that we should of not spent $200 on a crib that shes not going to sleep in. he thought that we have got a good use out of it so far.

i just want dh and i's bed back thats all. we are all 3 sleeping in a queen bed so its kind of tight.

thanks for reading

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January 14th, 2011, 07:57 AM
kimmiejo's Avatar Platinum Supermommy
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well your timeline of things sounds like how my dds timeline went as well LOL...she ended up cosleeping with us until about 14 months and then we transitioned to a mattress on her floor because she wouldn't sleep in her crib at all! My only advice is to decide on a plan and stick to it if you really want to stop cosleeping, something that I didn't do and I still end up sleeping with dd a few nights a week because she wakes up and wants me. I just never broke the cycle and this is just what works for us. Sam loves his crib and since the 1st time in it has slept well so with I don't have the issue....yet! If you want her in her crib I would start her off at night there and if she wakes soothe her back to sleep without bringing her to your bed, be consistent and sooner of later she will realize her crib is her bed.......that is the only advice I have but considering my dd and her not great sleeping I am about the last person who should be dishing out sleep advice LOL....good luck!!
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January 14th, 2011, 09:41 AM
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I don't have any advice, because we've never co slept, just wanted to say good luck!
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January 14th, 2011, 09:57 AM
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We are having the same issue, I guess the key is to be consistant & that's my problem. I soon as I hear her cry in her crib I grab her and take her to our bed instead of rocking her back to sleep or whatever and putting her back in her crib. I'm just super lazy right now but I do need to get my @ss in gear. I posted once about this when I was "attempting" the transition before and I think it was Emma that suggested putting something in the crib that smells like you...maybe that will help? Good lucK!!

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January 14th, 2011, 09:57 AM
jewelsgurl23's Avatar Abby and Amber's Momma
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thanks ladies for all of the advice.

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January 14th, 2011, 10:43 AM
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although Maddy (most of the time) sleeps in her crib during the night she refuses to sleep there for naps....however...recently (as in like the past few days, lol) I've found that once she falls asleep (I"m still nursing her to sleep, which is another issue) I just lay her on the floor in what ever room I'm in and she tends to get a good nap there...I'm not sure if the transition from me to the floor is easier or if when she half wakes up to get more comfortable she can see me so she stays asleep but its been working!

As for night time...if your husband is right about maybe her being cold...my dh and I warm up one of those magic bags that you would usually use for your neck or back and heat it up and place it in the crib while she's getting changed and nursing and then I take it out once I lay her down. I find it warms up the crib nicely

All the best!

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January 14th, 2011, 10:46 AM
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We had a few weeks where Kylan would start in his crib and then end up with us however he is now in his crib all of the time. I agree with everyone else that you just have to be consistent and know that you will have a few nights of being up several times. When he wakes up, I go get him and rock/nurse him back to sleep and put him right back in his crib. If he is up 30mins later, I do the same thing again.
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January 14th, 2011, 11:31 AM
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I agree with the other ladies. You have to be consistent. When my son was younger, he slept in bed with us until he was maybe three years old. I know, that's way too long, but the truth is I was just lazy. It was much easier to put him in bed with us rather than have to hear him scream for long periods of time while he tried to go to sleep. I am determined not to do the same with Abigail but I do know that it's much easier said than done. Good luck!

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January 14th, 2011, 03:21 PM
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My 3-year-old and my June Bug both sleep in the bed with DH and me, so I'm no help at all, lol.
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