When your baby won't nap in the crib, it can be a long, exhausting day for both of you. Your baby might take short naps or take long naps but only in your arms. It's hard to get anything done having just 30 minutes or being confined to a chair while your baby sleeps. This post will explain why babies don't nap in their cribs and give you 5 tips for getting baby to nap in the crib based on my 10+ years as a sleep consultant. Why Won't Baby Nap in the Crib? There are usually a few reasons a
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Imagine when you put your baby to sleep, your baby doesn't cry. Your baby happily plays in his or her crib, looks at the mobile, or babbles, but isn't sleeping. Or, your toddler happily chats in his bed for an hour every night before going to sleep. You're lucky, right? This is the ideal baby sleep situation and you have nothing to worry about, right? Wrong. Turns out that downtime in your baby's crib - time in which she plays and entertains herself - might actually be detrimental to sleep.
"Oh, sure, my baby sleeps - just not in the crib." Sound familiar? So many of our Baby Sleep Site® families tell us their babies sleep beautifully in moms arms, in the baby sling, in the stroller, in the car seat, in the swing...but NOT in the crib. And since crib sleep is what many parents are working towards, this can be quite a problem! Why Baby Won't Sleep In The Crib If you think about it, it makes sense, right? Your arms are so warm and snuggly (and they smell like you!) In the
A question we hear fairly often from parents is whether or not it's okay to put toys or aquariums in the baby's crib. Lots of us use these kinds of crib toys as a way to entertain our babies, or to give them something to do after they wake up from sleep (in the hopes that they may let US sleep a little longer!). The concern for some parents, however, is that baby won't sleep and would rather play with her toys. Fortunately, this is a question we have answered before, in past articles. Keep
Imagine putting your baby to sleep in her crib. Your baby doesn't cry. She happily plays in her crib, looks at the mobile, or babbles, but isn't sleeping. Or, your toddler happily chats in his bed for an hour every night before going to sleep. You're lucky, right? This is the ideal baby sleep situation and you have nothing to worry about, right? Wrong. This article will explain how TOO much downtime in the crib can be bad for your baby's sleep. A while ago, I received an e-mail that went
When you were pregnant, you probably took great care in designing your baby's nursery and carefully selected the best items for your baby registry. One of the most important things in the nursery is your baby's crib. After all, she will sleep in her crib for 2 to 4 years, right? Unfortunately, for some of us, sleeping in the crib is just a nice dream. After you had your baby, you might have purposely decided to keep baby in your room in a co-sleeper bassinet and imagined transitioning her to