Establish a bedtime routine
There are a few key things you can do to help establish a bedtime routine that will get your baby to sleep in the crib. First, start by putting your baby down for naps in the crib. This will help them get used to sleeping in the crib and will also help create a sleep association with the crib. Second, create a bedtime routine that includes a few calming activities such as reading or white noise. This will help signal to your baby that it is time to sleep. Third, be consistent with the bedtime routine and stick to it as much as possible. This will help train your baby’s body to know when it is time to sleep. Finally, if your baby is having trouble falling asleep in the crib, sleep training may be necessary. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends a few different sleep training methods, so talk to your doctor to find the best one for your family.
Put baby to bed drowsy but awake
The most important thing to remember is that you want to put your baby to bed drowsy, but still awake. This will help them to learn how to fall asleep on their own, and it will also help to prevent them from waking up in the middle of the night.
To help your baby sleep in their crib, you will want to create a safe and comfortable sleep environment. This means making sure that the crib is in a quiet and dark room, and that it is free from any loose items that could pose a safety hazard. You may also want to consider using a white noise machine to help your baby sleep more soundly.
If your baby is having trouble sleeping in their crib, it may be due to a sleep regression or a change in their sleep environment. If this is the case, try to stick to a consistent bedtime routine and be patient as your baby adjusts.
If your baby is still struggling to sleep in their crib, there are a few other things you can try. Make sure that they are taking regular naps during the day, as this can help them to be more tired at night. You can also try giving them a small amount of formula or breast milk before bedtime, as this can help them to relax and fall asleep more easily.
Offer a brief period of wakefulness
If your baby won’t sleep in their crib, try offering a brief period of wakefulness. This can help them learn to self-soothe and fall asleep on their own. To do this, put your baby in their crib when they are sleepy but not yet asleep. Allow them to stay awake for a short period of time, then help them fall asleep. This may take some trial and error to find the right amount of time for your baby. But once you do, it can help them learn to sleep in their crib safely and soundly.
Respond to baby’s cries calmly and consistently
If you want your baby to sleep in their crib, you need to respond to their cries calmly and consistently. This means that you shouldn’t pick them up every time they cry, but you also shouldn’t let them cry for hours on end. Instead, try to soothe them with your voice or a gentle pat on the back. If they’re still crying after a few minutes, you can pick them up and hold them for a little while. But be sure to put them back down in their crib when they’re sleepy.
It’s also important to practice safe sleep with your baby. This means keeping them in their own sleep space, on their back, and without any loose blankets or stuffed animals. You should also make sure that their crib is in a safe, quiet place. If your baby is taking a nap in their crib, you should check on them regularly to make sure they’re okay.
Remember, being consistent with your response to your baby’s cries will help them learn to sleep in their crib. And following safe sleep guidelines will help keep your baby healthy and safe.