Crib training is always a challenge for new moms or first-time parents. Whether it’s nap time or a good night’s rest, it can be quite confusing sometimes when your child starts screaming at night when you lay them down in the crib just a few minutes later. What could be wrong?
When you rock your baby before you put them on a crib, the biggest hurdle along the way is whether your baby will thoroughly fall asleep or not. They can be quick to wake up since they still need to get the hang of a good sleep cycle. Usually, when your child hits 6 months old, it can be hard to drive them to go for a stable sleeping habit, since babies tend to sleep whenever and wherever they want.
So how do you get your baby to fall asleep in their crib after you’ve rocked them or want to move them from a bedside bassinet to a standalone crib? We’ve got the answers here for you in this article.
Reasons Why Your Baby Won’t sleep in a Crib
Here are the common reasons why your baby just doesn’t like sleeping in a crib:
1. They’ve gotten used to the baby carrier or bassinet.
Perhaps the idea of sleeping in a bigger area such as a crib could be something that is uncomfortable for them at first. A bassinet or a baby carrier is usually smaller and can be situated on the bedside, which can keep them company when they feel alone. In a crib, they may start to feel alone and scared because the baby won’t be with their mother all the time, unlike with a bedside carrier or bassinet.
2. They’re looking for the rocking motion.
Whether you’re in a swing or car seat, you will definitely feel the sort-of “jet lag” and this is the same for babies. Whether you are rocking your baby to sleep in your arms manually or having it done by a swing, they are getting used to the sensation of movement in order for them to fall asleep. Therefore, they are becoming more and more dependent to the rocking motion if you keep them attuned to it most of the time, and when the rocking stops, that is when they will most likely wake up.
3. They could be distracted by noise or light.
When there is too much traffic noise around the neighborhood, such as the trucks or the cars on the road, this can distract your baby. Other noise types that could distract them include TV sounds and other noise, such as other kids playing around. They may also be uncomfortable when they are trying to sleep when there is too much light around them or in the room, or they could feel scared of the dark as well when the room doesn’t have a nightlight.
4. They might lack activities before going to bed.
One thing that can keep a baby busy and tired enough to go to bed is to give them activity. If your baby does nothing all day and you want to put them to sleep in your crib, they might say no because they still have a lot of stock energy that has been unused throughout the day because they did nothing, and thus, they may start to wake up in the middle of the night, even if you put them to sleep right away.
How to teach him to sleep in his Crib
To solve these problems, here are some tips and tricks on how to get your child to sleep in their crib:
1. Keep the sounds down.
By making sure that the sounds are lowered at least 30 minutes before going to bed, you are giving your child a good space to sleep properly without too much noise. If your kids are playing around, tell them to be quieter when the baby is asleep.
2. Keep the lights low.
Try dimming the room or at least keeping a small amount of light to make sure your child stays visible and on the watchful eye. Having too much light in the room can prompt them to wake up every now and then since their eyes could already be sensitive to light.
3. Keep a bedtime activity habit with your child.
Get them tired as much as possible before going to bed, so they can have a deep sleep. A good idea is to give them a bath time before going to bed, have them play around as much as you can and do other activities like storytelling. This will keep them active, but don’t exceed bedtime, or else they’ll have a hard time getting tired!
4. Slowly lessen the baby rocking motion.
If your child is used to being rocked to sleep, slowly limit the movements until they don’t really require the rocking motion anymore in order to sleep in their crib. This includes manually rocking them as well as using swings or baby rockers.
5. Slowly transition them from the bassinet to the crib.
This can be difficult but it is possible. You can try placing the bassinet into the crib if it fits, or have them alternate between sleeping in a crib and a bassinet just for them to get the hang of it. The larger crib can be something unfamiliar to them, so it’s your job to familiarize them with it.
6. Use white noise.
White noise is not just from a white noise machine – you can use a good mp3 player or your TV to lull them to sleep. However, white noise machines out there for babies do exist and are not very expensive at all. They provide uninterrupted sleeping aids for your little one, such as lullabies and nature sounds.
These tips can be helpful if your baby is quite distracted often when they are trying to sleep at night. With proper sleeping habits and practices, your child will be able to sleep in their crib properly and without hesitation. We hope these small tips can help you out on your parenting journey!