Getting your baby to sleep in their crib can be a daunting task.
There are many different techniques that people swear by, but what works for one baby might not work for another.
In this blog, we will explore some of the most popular techniques and offer our advice on how to get your baby sleeping soundly in their crib.
10 Techniques to get your baby to sleep in a crib
1. Make the crib seem like home
The first step to getting your baby to sleep in their crib is making them feel comfortable there. If they are used to sleeping with you, it may be difficult for your little one to find comfort at night if they are suddenly alone in an unfamiliar environment. To make them more comfortable, decorate the inside of the crib to make it seem like a fun, familiar place.
For example, you could hang up mobile with their favorite cartoon character above the crib for them to look at when they wake up. Also, consider playing lullabies or white noise in your baby’s room at night so that it is more similar to a nighttime routine that they have at home.
2. Make a bedtime routine
Just as you would have a nighttime routine with your baby, try having a nighttime routine in their bedroom as well.
Make sure that any activities that you do in the room are soothing and calm so that it helps them unwind from the day’s events before they go to sleep.
Some ideas for activities that you could include in your baby’s nighttime routine are reading a book, singing them a lullaby, or having cuddle time with the lights dimmed down low. Doing this at roughly the same time every night can help prepare your baby to sleep well when it is bedtime.
3. Include your baby in the bedtime routine
Once your baby is used to their nighttime routine, you can try adding them to some of your activities.
For example, if you are singing a lullaby to your baby lying in their crib, be sure to place them beside you instead of leaving them alone in the crib.
By slowly making them seem more comfortable with being left alone in the crib, they will eventually stop waking up when you place them down for bed.
4. Put your baby to sleep before they get tired
While many babies are ready for sleep at the same time every night, others may become more active and awake as the evening goes on.
If your baby is the latter case, try to put them down for bed well before they get tired. You may find that it is easier to get your baby to sleep in their crib when you do not wait until they are already overtired and unable to calm themselves down.
5. Let your baby fall asleep on their own
One key factor in getting a baby to sleep in the crib is letting them fall asleep on their own.
If your baby falls asleep being rocked or fed to sleep, it may be more difficult to get to sleep on their own later down the line. So try encouraging your baby to put themselves to sleep by playing a soothing lullaby and slowly backing away from them as they lie in their crib. Remember that it might take a little while for them to get used to this transition, but it will become easier the more you try doing it.
6. Have a designated sleeping area near your bed for naps
If your baby is not quite ready to sleep in their crib at night, consider having a designated sleeping area near your bed for naps.
This allows your baby to have the experience of sleeping in the crib, while still giving them a safe space to nap when you are not available to be by their side.
7. Comfort your baby if they need it at night
If your baby continues waking up at night after trying all these methods, don’t be discouraged.
It is important to remember that every baby has different temperaments, so it may just take some more time for them to get used to sleeping in their crib at night.
If your baby wakes up and seems distressed, don’t hesitate to go in and comfort them if they need it. Remember that being responsive during the nighttime is an important part of overall parenting.
These are some easy ways that you can try to get your baby to sleep in their crib at night.
By slowly transitioning them into a new routine, many babies will become comfortable with the crib and then learn how to fall asleep on their own by themselves.
If necessary, it can also be helpful to have a small sleeping area near your bed for naps, allowing them to slowly become comfortable with the transition.
Although it will take some time and patience on your part, following these steps will allow you to successfully get your baby to sleep in their crib at night!
I am Ashley Davis, a mom of three kids and the editor here at Motherhood HQ (formerly 10BabyGear). I have been a parent since 2011 and have been doing full-time consulting as a baby sleep expert since 2019. When I am not researching or testing the next baby gear hitting the market, you’ll find me teaching my toddlers a trick or two – especially over the last few months with the lockdown. I hope you’ll find my guides and reviews helpful as you make your next purchase decision. If you have any questions, you can reach me at firstname.lastname@example.org.