J.C. asks from Evergreen Park, IL on April 04, 2008
Not Sleeping Due to Learning How to Stand in Her Crib - HELP!
Our 8 mo. old has been the best sleeper. She goes down to sleep without any fuss and is asleep within 5 minutes. I know we have been blessed. She has just learned how to pull herself up in her crib and stand. She loves it! I think she's so proud of herself for doing something new, and we are proud of her, too. It's so cute...except that she does it so much she won't fall asleep anymore without a lot of crying, eye rubbing, and frustration (on our parts). Does anyone have any suggestions on how to keep her laying down once we put her in the crib? We tried pillows to keep her from rolling over so she can't get up, but I don't like the idea of pillows in her crib.
G.T. answers from Chicago on April 05, 2008
I would definitely get the pillows out of her bed, they're more of a hazard than a help. Learning to stand is like having a new toy - legs! Mine used to do it too until they realized that standing all the time was tiring. They eventually did realize that it was okay so sit/lay back down. I agree that you should just keep laying her down and try to soothe her back to sleep. It can be arduous but it's temporary and it requires patience. You'll both get back into a sleep routine.
A.A. answers from Chicago on April 04, 2008
Just keep up your same routine at night. There is no way to keep her from standing up or sitting up. When she gets sleepy
she will lay down and go to sleep on her own. If she can pull up, she can plop back down. Don't worry about it, just make sure your crib rails are the highest they go and the matress is at it lowest, to prevent her falling out. Put her in bed, tell, her night night, and leave the room. She is still too little for pillows
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A.R. answers from Chicago on April 04, 2008
She's 8 months old and has been a great sleeper so far. That is an indication to you that she knows how to fall asleep and self-soothe in the middle of the night to go back to sleep. Now it is time for her to learn a new skill: settling herself down after standing back up and going to sleep.
What do you do when she stands up and starts fussing? Do you let her figure out how to sit back down and go back to sleep or do you rush right in? If you run to her at the first sound she makes, then she is learning that she will get your attention and you will come running anytime she does this. And quite frankly, I bet hanging out with mom who loves and adores her is way more fun than laying down and going to sleep!
Our baby does this occasionally still, but he will stand up, press the button on his aquarium, and eventually lay down and go to sleep. Early on, he would scream and cry but we were very consistent with our expectations (it is bedtime, thus it is time to sleep and not play). Now it's kind of funny to watch him from the crack of the door because we put him down, he stands right up, turns on his aquarium, he does a little lap around the crib, the nests like a puppy and falls asleep.
At night - If you're not comfortable with full on CIO (because really the crying isn't because she's hurt, in pain, or in need of anything essential), give her 5 minutes before going in. When you do go in, show her how to lower herself back to a seated position. Try not to pick her up and rock her. Gradually stretch out the intervals between checking her.
During the day - teach her how to sit back down from a standing position and give her lots of practice so that when she stands up at night she can figure out how to 'get back down'.
Good luck to you!
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M.K. answers from Chicago on April 05, 2008
Connor is 10 months old and we just went through this. It doesn't last very long. We would put him down and leave the room as we always did and then we could hear him and know he was standing up. We just waited awhile and then would go back in a lay him down and tell him it was time for sleep. Je would fuss a little, but not too much. After 2 or 3 times he would get tired and lay down himself. Now sometimes he will stand up or sit up and play but we go in lay him down and tell him it is time for sleep and he usually does. He is usually pretty tired when he goes to bed.
T.D. answers from Chicago on April 05, 2008
my 9 mo old just got throught this face. it was 2 weeks of hell but there is an end in sight. Now she's up and down throughout the night with little sqwuaks every now and then but it's not the crying and screaming it was. it's just a phase....albeit a hard one but it will only last a week or two.
G.H. answers from Chicago on April 05, 2008
Pillows are not the problem at her age. My daughter started putting her leg up on top of the crib and tossing herself out. We had to drop her mattress to the bottom latches so she could no longer reach. After about 6 weeks later she was tall enough to get out again so we began leaving the gate down with the mattress all the way down. That way she couldn't get hurt. She was in a single bed with a guard rail shortly after that.
T.R. answers from Chicago on April 05, 2008
Standing is new and exciting for her...but eventually it will get old. She knows how to fall asleep on her own - she just doesn't want to. Hang in there. The more you try to stop her, the more she will want to do it and get frustrated which definitely isn't a good idea before trying to fall asleep! When the standing thing loses it's excitement, she won't be doing it anymore. Good luck!
B.A. answers from Chicago on April 05, 2008
We ran into the same problem & bought a aquarium toy for the inside of the crib. it is a toy that lights up, plays soft music & has a fish that softly moves. Our daughter would lie back down and watch that - and it would put her to sleep. She also used to like the mobile - but once she started standing in the crib - the mobile was a challenge for her to pull down, so again that is why we went with the aquarium toy... Best of luck!
S.A. answers from Chicago on April 05, 2008
Just keep going back in and lay her down. Wait 15 minutes and then go back and repeat. Don't pick her up. Just tell her it is night-night time and that's that. She will get it after awhile. May take a few nights of repeated trips, but she will get it.
Worked for my oldest.