Exhausted and Confused?   Yes! I need help and more sleep.
Exhausted and Confused?   Yes! I need help and more sleep.
Exhausted and Confused?   Yes! I need help and more sleep.

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  1. Olga says

    I don’t get how my 6 months old is going to fall asleep on his own laying in the crib. He’s either nursed to sleep by me or rocked by my husband. Each time we’ve tried to get him to sleep in his bed he’s just wide awake rolling and playing around. If I put him down “drowsy” but not yet asleep he screams as if some one’s hurting him. I really hope there is a way to get him to get good sleep associations with him falling asleep by himself but without the cry out methods

    • Danielle says

      Hi Olga,

      Thank you for your comment! I’m sorry to hear you’re having trouble getting your baby to sleep in the crib. Based on his age, and assuming he’s generally healthy, we do recommend doing some gentle sleep coaching to help him start to learn fall asleep independently, and re-settle himself when she’s not hungry but is waking at night. I’d recommend checking out our sleep training series, which takes you step-by-step on how to set up for sleep coaching, select a good method for your family and baby (we include several low- or no-cry options), and make a plan. The first article in that series is here:

      We do also offer the DIY Express Sleep Plan or the personalized consultations with a baby sleep expert if you need more support through the process:

      I hope this helps! Please let us know if you have any questions!

  2. Rosa says

    New born baby is used to sleep with mom. Getting baby sleep in crib really difficult for mom. Thank for a guide to put baby sleep in crib. Really helpful guideline.

    • Janelle Reid says

      @Rosa – We are so glad the article was helpful! Let us know if you need any additional help and we’ll be happy to point you in the direction of other resources.

  3. Rebecca says

    My children have always slept in my bedroom from birth, first in their moses basket and then in their cots. I’ve read somewhere it is much safer to do that in the first year. I’ve got four kids and have found that they just love being swaddled so whether they are sleeping during the day or at night they would be snuggled up in their swaddling blanket and sleep beautifully. I didn’t do this for my first and second and definitely noticed a difference. I’m pregnant with my fifth and I’m hoping that this one will sleep as well as my last. I do have issues with my older kids now though. They’re in their own beds and often get out so I guess I can’t have it all!

  4. Tara Marr says

    I did the playpen/co-sleeping thing which I believe was a mistake to start!! Babies belong in a crib and my next child will go straight to crib, no bassinette or playpen! After a month of this, I attempted to get him to his crib and no way was he staying there until one night I rocked him to sleep, rolled up two receiving blankets and put them on either side of him which made him thing my arms were still there once I laid him down. Been sleeping there ever since and usually a good 6-7 hours!!

  5. Liz says

    We just made this transition successfully! Our 6 mo old daughter had reflux, so was sleeping in an inclined chair in her own room. We made the transition during a vacation, as the only place we had for her to sleep was a Pak n Play! It was rough for the first few nights but she got better and better, and we just put her straight in the crib when we got home and she’s sleeping like a champ in there now!

    • Kimberly says

      That’s great news Liz!

  6. Carrie says

    While reading this post, I remembered my daughter when she is still 7 months old, I only let her stay on the crib while I am busy sleeping in the mid night, since she does not want to sleep then I only let the dvd on and let her watch tv cartoons, then when I woke up, she is still on the crib and still watching dvd. energetic as ever! haha. that is the magic of the crib, safety and durable!

  7. Sarah says

    My daughter started out in her crib and did (relatively) fine but my son’s room wasn’t ready yet when he was born, so he started out in our room. When he was about 3 1/2 months we started putting him down for naps in his crib, then a few weeks later we did nighttime. It went pretty well. We were doing CIO at the same time and he did very well.

  8. Lainie says

    Timely article. I’m just getting ready to order my 3-month-old’s crib. I’ve been sleeping in her room (with her in her Pack N Play), so hopefully the adjustment won’t be too hard since she’s already used to the sights and sounds in there.

    • Kimberly says

      Glad you found it helpful, Lainie. Wishing you a smooth transition.