July 9, 2016

How to get your baby to sleep in a crib

What this website will show you….

This technique on how to get your baby to sleep in a crib will have your baby or toddler falling asleep by themselves in his or her crib and sleeping through the night within 3 to 4 nights. Yes it sounds too fast to be true, but try it and you’ll see… it only takes 3 – 4 nights! I will explain in detail exactly how the method works, and I will also show you a real life example of how this method worked in practice. If you follow exactly this guide on how to get your baby to sleep in a crib, and you start tonight, your baby will be falling asleep by him/herself in a crib 4 nights from now!

how to get baby to sleep in cribI will also share some great tips that really are invaluable in showing you how to get your baby to sleep in a crib and sleep all night. Everything from  pre-bedtime routine, to bedroom layout, to recommended bedtime books, video monitors, white noise plush toys, books for further reading, and so on, and of course to detailed guidance on the method itself. I would love to hear your comments on the page if you find success in using this technique, it makes me happy that I took the time to share!… Also if you have your own personal suggestions please leave a comment.

In case you are interested, the books I read and took some pieces of inspiration from included The No-Cry Sleep Solution: Gentle Ways to Help Your Baby Sleep Through the Night, by Elizabeth Pantley (click here for a link to Amazon to read reviews) and Solve Your Child’s Sleep Problems: New, Revised, and Expanded Edition, by Richard Ferber (click here for a link to Amazon to read reviews).

Ground Rules

First, some very simple ground rules that you must follow to ensure success:

  1. It is not recommended to try sleep training with a baby younger than 6 months.
  2. No napping after 3.30 pm in the afternoon.
  3. Try to make sure the baby gets at least 20 minutes of continuous activity outside every day, preferably just before dinner.
  4. The baby should not have any contact with any electronic devices (iPhones, iPads, TVs, etc.) 1 hour prior to sleep time.
  5. The baby should have dinner or his/her final feed 1 hour prior to sleep time.
  6. The baby should have a warm bath 30 minutes prior to sleep time. Try to keep the bath relatively low-key and low-stimulation.
  7. Ensure all upstairs rooms (but especially the baby’s room) are darkened before the baby is brought upstairs (use blackout blinds or curtain liners if necessary).

Pre-Bedtime Routine for How to Get Your Baby to Sleep in a Crib

The same pre-bedtime routine should be followed every evening, so just do whatever you normally like to do with your baby before sleep time, but just make sure you keep it consistent every evening. This can include the bath listed above, followed by story time, followed by saying goodnight to all teddy bears, followed by prayers, and then sleep, or whatever your own personal routine with your baby is. Just make sure everything after dinner is done with minimal stimulation, and is kept consistent every evening. In addition, after the bath low voices should be used (i.e. no ‘yays’ or clapping at stories, etc.).

The baby’s room should be dark as mentioned above, and should contain a minimum of distractions near the baby. That means having one soft/plush toy maximum in the baby’s crib, and no toys left on the floor or in sight of the crib. Once you are finished your routine, its time to get your baby to sleep in his/her crib!

The Technique for How to Get Your Baby to Sleep in a Crib

Holding your baby, say in a low monotone voice that its time for nite nite, that he/she is very tired, and that you love him/her. Give your baby some kisses, and repeat all of this a few times, say for 2-3 minutes. Then tell your baby that its time for sleep in his/her cosy crib, time for nite nite in the cosy crib, and so on. Then place your baby in the crib, and kiss him/her on his/her head, all the time repeating in a low monotone voice “I love you (name), time for nite nite, (name) is very tired, I love you (name), time for nite nite”. The baby will probably be crying at this point but that’s ok. If the baby will stay lying down in the crib that’s good. If the baby sits or stands up (depending on age!) in the crib that’s ok too, it really doesn’t matter. Repeat the above words, and give your baby a kiss on his/her head.

Now you walk out of the room and start a stop-watch. The baby will obviously be crying but its ok, trust me! After exactly 2 minutes, walk back into the room and repeat the above words to the baby “I love you (name), time for nite nite, (name) is very tired, I love you (name), time for nite nite”, give the baby a kiss on top of his/her head again, repeat the words, and then walk out again. You should be in the room for no longer than 30-45 seconds. DO NOT PICK YOUR BABY UP OUT OF THE CRIB!

Start the stop-watch. Let the baby cry for just 2 minutes again, and then go back in to the baby’s room, repeating all of the above, but staying on the room again no longer than 30-45 seconds. Kiss the top of the baby’s head, wipe away tears, etc., but no longer than 30-45 seconds in the room!… And again, do not pick your baby up out of the crib!

Walk out and start the stop-watch again, but this time staying out for 3 minutes. Then walk back in and repeat for 30-45 seconds.

Keep doing exactly the above, continuing with the following sequence:

  • In for 30-45 seconds.
  • Out for 4 minutes.
  • In for 30-45 seconds.
  • Out for 5 minutes.
  • In for 30-45 seconds.
  • Out for 5 minutes.

You then keep repeating the 5 minute / 30-45 second pattern until the baby falls asleep in the crib. Keep a log-card in your room of what minutes you have done, and how long you spend in the baby’s room each time. This is a great way to track your progress night by night. Another golden tip I recommend is to use a video monitor in the room while you are teaching your baby how to sleep in his/her crib. A monitor allows you see if the baby is falling asleep before you open the door and potentially prevent your baby from dozing off. Any cheap video monitorwill do. If you don’t have one, here’s a link to Amazon to read reviews of one I recommend.

One further thing to bear in mind: Whoever starts with a sequence on any given night, that person must continue until the baby falls asleep. In our case I did not only every sequence, I did it every night for extra consistency.

What to expect as you teach your baby how to sleep in a crib

Your baby is going to scream! Get used to that idea right now! But your baby is not screaming and crying because he/she is sad, your baby is screaming because he/she is mad!!! Your baby up to now is used to crying and receiving instant attention. Now that that attention is delayed (just delayed, not abandoned), your baby is mad, and he/she is going to make sure you know! Don’t let this get to you though. Some parents think that this is going to psychologically damage their baby, or weaken the bond or trust between the baby and his/her parents. Believe me when I say it doesn’t! In the morning your baby will act as if nothing ever happened! But by the 4th night you will have hopefully had your best night’s sleep in months! And so will your baby by the way. If you keep doing the method as set out above exactly as described, by the 4th night at the latest or more usually within three nights, your baby will have learnt how to go to sleep by himself/herself in the crib with minimal of crying. By night 5, your baby will probably not cry at all when you put him/her into the crib. And as a bonus, when your baby wakes up during the night in the crib, he/she will know to just fall asleep again. The result? A great night’s sleep for both parents and baby, meaning everyone is happier next day!

If you would like to see a real-life log of the technique for how to get a baby to sleep in a crib, please click here. You will see a log with the actual results night-by-night of a 16-month old baby boy

The last thing I would like to stress is that once you have started teaching your baby how to sleep in a crib, do not stop. If after 2 nights you give up because you don’t like the crying, all the work both your baby and you have put in will have been wasted. So DON’T GIVE UP! Keep going and trust me it will work!…

Finally I would like to wish you luck starting with this quick, simple but highly effective technique in how to get your baby to sleep in a crib. Please let me know in the comments how you get on! Good luck!…

how to get baby to sleep in a crib

Disclaimer!

This very successful technique has been tried and tested on babies and toddlers who are in good health. I am not medically qualified, and therefore cannot recommend trying this technique on any baby, toddler or child who is sick or who has special needs. In such cases I recommend professional medical guidance from your local doctor. All content on this website is for informational purposes only.

 

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