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How to Make Your Newborn Baby Sleep During the Night in the Crib

Updated on August 6, 2015

Teaching a Newborn Baby to Sleep in Crib

Many parents get overwhelmed with trying to get their baby to sleep through the night. It really is not a hard task, but does take consistency on the part of the parent or caregiver. The easiest way to teach this to a baby is as a newborn. What you want to do put your baby down for naps and bedtime in his or her crib.

Some people like to use a bassinet for the first month or two. I don't recommend using one more than a couple weeks. The reasoning for this is babies like familiarity, starting from a newborn. If baby wakes up in the night feed him or her and then put them back into their crib when they're done.

This is the absolute easiest way to train a baby to sleep in their crib. Unfortunately, most parents don't do this. If you have a baby that you've let sleep in your bed or maybe a playpen and want to move them to their crib it can be done, but will be a little harder.

Getting Baby Used to Crib

To teach an older baby how to sleep in their crib you must be consistent every time it's nap time or bed time or it won't work. Be prepared for crying ! A lot of parents think their baby shouldn't cry, but that is how they communicate. Whenever you are changing a baby's routine expect some resistance, this is normal. It will not damage or hurt your baby in any way.

To get your baby into the bedtime routine, put on their favorite warm jammies, play with them a little bit maybe sing to them. Whatever you want to make their routine every bedtime. Also, make your baby's crib inviting. Put their favorite toy(s) in with them, maybe a favorite (small) stuffed animal or two, a favorite blanket. These things will all make your baby feel safe and comfortable and help the transition.

Now lay your baby in the crib, turn on a small lamp and turn off the big light. Now sit on the floor by the door and do not make eye contact. Your baby will cry and fuss, especially the first time, but they will stop. Don't get up and pick up your baby, you will be starting from square one again if you do this. That's it ! Do this at nap time as well and in no time your baby will be sleeping in his or her own crib.


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      houcanela 6 years ago from HOUSTON, TX.

      Thanks for the tip. My son will be getting married soon and they plan on having kids right away. It's been quite a while since I've had babies. I will recommend this tip to them. thanks again. cheers

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      Deborah 6 years ago from Italy

      Hi "nikkiraeink," I bet that was challenging with her sleeping with you that long. I have friends who also have struggled with getting their kids to sleep in their crib. I bet you sleep a lot better !

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      nikkiraeink 6 years ago from So. Cal.

      I could have used this a year ago. Our daughter slept with us up until her first birthday. Now she sleeps through the night in her crib but sure did wish it would have happened sooner.

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      Deborah 6 years ago from Italy

      Thank you, I know how challenging it can be having 5 children of my own. Two of which are 10 month old babies.

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      Deborah-Diane 6 years ago from Orange County, California

      Very practical guidelines to teach young parents how to help their babies learn to sleep through the night.