How to get your baby to sleep in his crib
If your baby cries every time you try to put him in her crib, don’t despair and try to empathize with him. There are no magic tricks to keep you from waking up. Each family must discover what best suits them, but some alternatives can help you:
Co-sleeping: If we sleep next to the baby in the same bed or attached crib, the baby will feel safe knowing that we are next to her. It is very important to follow the recommendations to carry out co-sleeping safely.
Relaxing music or white/pink noise: You can play calm and slow songs or use the white or pink noise to relax the baby.
Muslin: Wrapping your baby in muslin before laying him down in her crib can help. Feeling collected can give you a sense of comfort and security, just like you felt in the womb.
The room environment: Check that the temperature, humidity, noise and ventilation are adequate.
If you want to learn more about babies’ sleep, you can find the advice they propose in the practical guide for parents of the Spanish Association of Pediatrics.
Did you know this concept? If you want to know more information about the Syndrome of the cradle with spikes or you need psychological advice about breastfeeding or infantile sleep, do not hesitate to contact me.
I graduated in psychology and specialized in psychotherapy and perinatal psychology with training in breastfeeding and infant sleep. Cristina Luque’s Invía Psicología project was born to focus on prevention and health promotion and offer psychotherapeutic activities, consultancies, talks, and workshops on the subject.
What a richer baby, what a sleepyhead, he’s kaolinite. Hey, what a joy of creature, eat and sleep. How does your little one sleep? Phenomenal, I said wider than Pancha, feeling like a privileged person in the mail world….
But all good things last a short time, and as the little one has been adding months to her long life, things have become, let’s say … tricky.
It is seen that the beautiful and warm mini crib that we think is comfortable is not at all; in fact, it has spikes. Small and sharp spikes that dig their claws into the tight little meat of my offspring, when mom or dad, happy with the smile of a deranged rabbit, proceed to leave the quiet and sleeping baby. That is when the sleeping child hunt trap is activated, and, of course, the little squeals like a dying hyena, while the tachycardia takes its toll on your already tired heart at that time of the night.
Because during the day, a short and fleeting nap is not so complicated. And I specify during the day because, in the mornings, a little lucky hour is possible, but in the afternoons, that time of the day is so long and spooky, in which the lack of sunlight from 6:00 p.m. greatly helps your state. Mood (and the polar cold in the street, I’m not even telling you), the siesta in its original format does not exist. It’s over. He disappeared. Goodbye forever. I will miss you. Now, it’s time to increase the crystallized contracture of your right shoulder blade.
Balloons, display of toys, impromptu karaoke, frustrated attempts to do something … Thank goodness decaf makes you lively … little globetrotter).
Hopefully, some night in which he falls exhausted in the arms of Morpheus, while you escape on tiptoe without creating many expectations, you can shower, humming even, have dinner everything you have considered, have dinner, watch your entire favourite series, and as a culmination And to celebrate, you have ice cream with a happy smile, looking happily at your husband who is also enjoying the moment. Idyllic. La vies est belle.
But for weeks, the usual tonic when night comes (this is nocturnal and treacherous) is that he only wants mother’s arms. And on top of that, we get pissed off. The creature is clever. And I, as a psychologist, pass this Estivill olympically. My mental health is worth more. I don’t feel like it. I don’t think I have such a small conscience. He said I say, says Rodrigo, retracted the viability of using the sleep-child technique before the age of three. You can see it here.
Needless to say, I deeply respect those parents who apply it. To those who sleep co-sleeping and those who have it in their crib in another room. Each one does what is best for him to guarantee the rest of the whole family. Personally, since my little one was born, I practiced “cohabitation,” that is, he sleeps with us in our same room but in his crib. It is a matter of preferences. I would not be able to sleep with the little one in my bed, I would be tense, and I would not rest well for fear of crushing him or hurting him. I prefer to have him close to attending him quickly, pero in his own space.
As a mother and as a professional, I choose to use a dose of patience, love and understanding, even if there are days when I cry out to heaven for mercy.
Here are some suggestions to help the little one during the night and alleviate the suffering of the mother caramapache
1. Establish sleep routines from minute one. Since they are born, they are acquiring habits and the sooner, the better. An asleep routine is a relaxing bath (or a bath because the spa becomes the water park). We continue with a massage with cream and, if you can, a little music. If you can Mozart (cognitively stimulate), but if you are in a hurry, whatever you have on hand, not Heavy Metal. I listen to Kiss FM, and it is varied music as you like colours. The idea is to deactivate it physiologically (that’s the idea…).
2. Dinner. If you breastfeed, breastfeed in the same place, dim light and silence. If not, avoid television or neon lights …
3. The circadian rhythm must be established (at three months, it should already be) depending on the light. Differentiate between day and night. During the day, make whatever noise you need to make (avoid tambourines in his ear as much as possible), and the light should be normal. Do not draw blinds, no cave of the Macaca. Silence and darkness should prevail at night.