Parents often start newborn babies off sleeping in cradles, bassinets and sometimes in bed with mommy and daddy. Reasons for this vary from one extreme to the other, but it usually centers on convenience. Since mommy and daddy are baby’s primary source of comfort, sleeping near them helps the baby sleep. Cradles are smaller compared to cribs and provide more security to a newborn faced with a big new world. So what happens when baby outgrows cradle, or mommy and daddy decide it’s time for the crib? |
Unfortunately, as far as baby is concerned, the crib is foreign. He or she has never slept in the crib; the room is only used for clothes and changing baby. Therefore, baby has no sense of security being in the room. Most of this is instinctive; no real reasoning is taking place inside baby’s brain. How do you sufficiently comfort baby so that he or she will sleep in the crib?
Swaddling baby is a great way to provide him or her with security and comfort in the first few months. If baby is too old for swaddling, other options must be explored. Moving your baby to a crib will be easiest if baby is already capable of falling asleep on his or her own. If your baby sucks his or her pacifier at night or has a special blanket or toy to sleep with, be sure they are in the crib at bedtime every night.
Basically you want your baby to associate with his or her room, recognizing it as his or her crib, toys, and room. It may help to spend time during the day playing in the baby’s room. Laying baby down for naps in the crib while you sit quietly in the room will help the baby get accustomed to the crib while you are still able to stay in the room. It’s important to be persistent, consistent and patient. It may take several nights or weeks, but eventually your baby will learn to sleep in his or her own crib. Learn more about islamic baby names and how to care for your newborn baby.
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