How can I get my baby to sleep in their crib?
Is your baby more comfortable sleeping in your arms or in a car seat than in a crib? Parents spend a lot of time selecting the right crib for their baby because they only want the best for their little one. On top of that, sleep is much needed for any baby’s growth and development.
However, some newborns don’t take interest in their crib right off the bat and tend to scream or whine when they’re put down. Let’s look at some tips to help you get your baby in their new crib without too much hassle.
Safety tips and advice for cribs
A crib is the best place for your baby to sleep but a portable crib or baby bassinet works as well. Be sure to place a firm mattress inside the crib, and then cover it with a snugly fit bottom sheet. The mattress shouldn’t be able to move once it’s correctly placed.
Don’t bother putting anything in the crib when your baby is still a newborn. It’s safest when there are no blankets, pillows, or stuffed animals due to Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS), or even suffocation.
Your baby’s crib should be kept in your bedroom until at least six months of age. Sharing a room can reduce the chance of SIDS by half and make it easier to care for your child at night. During her first year, your baby must be able to sleep on its back in its crib. SIDS is less likely to occur when your baby is capable of doing so.
Your baby might roll on its stomach or side at night. If that happens, you can gently turn your baby onto its back if you notice this. If your child is able to roll both backward and forwards, you can put it on its back.
How to get baby to sleep in the crib
As we age, our preferences become stronger and more difficult to change. You should start to teach your baby how to take naps in the crib as soon as 4-8 weeks old.
Make a bedtime routine for your newborns:
Your baby will sleep better in its crib if you establish and stick to a consistent bedtime routine for newborns. Your baby will soon become used to the time between wake-up and bedtime and will be able to anticipate sleeping.
You can include a warm bath, a soothing massage, singing to your baby, or dimming the lights. A good routine for newborns includes a consistent bedtime.
Sometimes, your baby’s schedule might be disrupted by an unexpected event such as an overnight trip or outing. If this happens, you should stick to your baby’s usual bedtime and resume the normal routine as soon as possible.
When your baby gets drowsy, put the baby down immediately:
It’s tempting to let your baby fall asleep on your chest or in your arms, but you should refrain from that and try putting your baby down in his/her crib as soon as possible. You can try rocking and singing to your baby before setting him/her down, but don’t be worried if they’re not quite asleep yet. Dozing off alone in their crib is great practice.
Wait before you check-in:
Although no parent wants their child to scream, five minutes of crying could turn into an hour of sleep in their crib. You can stand beside your child and offer him/her verbal comfort.
You can gently lift your infant if he/she is less than 4 months old and then calm him/her down before you put him/her back to sleep. Babies older than 4 months are less helpful as they will scream when they are put down for much longer.
Infants can be restless sleepers causing long cries if they’re unhappy in their crib. Wait a while before you go to your baby, as he/she might fall asleep again on her own.
Try to make the process of putting your baby down as easy as possible:
Babies under 4 months old and babies who aren’t sleeping well at night should be swaddled. This will reduce the startle reflex. Children often startle when we place them in their cribs. To help, swaddle their bodies in a lightweight, breathable swaddle blanket.
We hope that you now have a better understanding of how to get your baby to sleep in his/her crib. It may take some time to get your infant to sleep in a crib but he/she will eventually become accustomed to it. Try out their comfortability with the crib in your room versus their bedroom. Also, don’t forget how important it is to establish a routine for bedtime.
Restful sleep should always be the priority. You should always place your baby on its back in the crib and keep the crib free of cushions and blankets (unless you swaddled).