My Baby Doesn’t Like the Crib, What Then?
Updated: Jun 25
Just because it’s harder than you expected, doesn’t mean you and your baby aren't capable of making it happen. You can and will find success, but it all takes time.
Parents Who Decide to Transition Baby To The Crib
I'm writing this piece for all those parents out there who enjoyed the greatest snuggles with their little one but am ready to reclaim their bed because there's been one too many jabs in the throat, eye, chest...you name it!
Remember, nothing comes easy the first time...especially if it's the first time in a long time you've tried putting your baby into the crib to sleep. The biggest pitfall of any mom is not realizing that they are courageous.
I've had moms tell me that their child can't sleep in the crib or the baby sleeps much better in their arms. The confusion seems to lie here, where parents are only identifying their baby's preference (parent's arms) versus their baby's ability. Here me out...I may prefer to only sleep on a king sized mattress with 700 thread count Egyptian cotton sheets, but I very well can sleep on the bed I currently own.
Why Your Baby Doesn't Like the Crib
Not enough practice
When you've cuddled and rocked your baby gently to sleep, it absolutely will take some time to get your baby familiar with a new sleeping environment that isn't you. Parents usually fall into this habit during the newborn days when your baby is feeding every few hours throughout the day and night. My clients learn all about how to support their child to learn independent sleep.
When the crib is used for any other purpose other than sleeping, it could be sending mixed or negative signals to your baby. I always caution my clients to reserve the crib for sleep only. Refrain from using the crib for timeout or as temporary containment space. Instead, opt for a pack and play or a bouncy chair etc.
Unsuccessful sleep training
Failed attempts at cry it out (CIO) due to various uncontrolled factors make the crib a difficult place for both parent and child. Sleep training is by far one of the most difficult tasks parents choose to undertake and. Without the proper knowledge, support and guidance from a sleep consultant, it is difficult to achieve the right results.
Young babies often start off sleeping in a cozy bassinet or even co-sleeping. Making the switch to a crib can be too spacious and overwhelming for your baby if not carefully executed. Moms often reach out to me seeking help with co-sleeping when months of compromised sleep positions and sharp jabs make it humanly impossible to sleep through.
Babies who are diagnosed with acid reflux or colic feel uncomfortable when lying completely fat. Consult with your physician on the best remedy while keeping the sleep environment safe.
Making the Transition to the Crib
Expect a few weeks of transition when you decide to move your baby to their own crib in their own room. Start off by making a conscious effort to spend time playing in their new bedroom (but not playing inside the crib) and make it a fun and positive experience. Set up some new quiet toys that don't overstimulate your child from going to sleep, yet acts as an extra incentive to stay in their bedroom. Other things to check off your list:
Sleep sack (see why I love the concept of sleep sacks even for kids up to 3 years old)
Lovey (age appropriate)
Mom's scent (have mom tuck the baby's pyjamas in her shirt for the day)
Positive association (playtime in the room)
Practice frequently and consistently
Sleep training with the proper knowledge, support and guidance from a certified sleep consultant
Just because it’s harder than you expected, doesn’t mean you and your baby aren't capable of making it happen. You can and will find success, but it all takes time. Be patient with the process.
If you're looking to make a change and get your child to fall in love with their crib, you're much better off if you have download my Sleepy Baby Coach 5 Sleep Steps. What's even better is my 1-1 coaching where I walk with you every step of the way to gently ease the transition for you and your baby.
If you want to open yourself up to being a successful client of mine, click the link and book a free Let's Get Acquainted call with me.