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A Case of Crib-Hate

April 2, 2009

sleep1This week’s Works for me Wednesday (hosted by We are THAT family) is a reverse edition: Seeking wisdom rather than imparting. This a very timely opportunity since J.D. and I have found ourselves in the middle of a sleep crisis. Now technically we have been in a sleep crisis since James was born so the situation we’re in now is kind of like a tree falling on an already totaled car. BUT, I live in hope that the answer is out there. Here is the most recent of issues:

James, who just turned one, has decided that he HATES his crib. Not just HATES, as in he really would prefer to sleep elsewhere, but HATES as in he morphs into an angry god of war whenever the crib comes into view. J.D. tried putting him to bed last night and I sat on the couch listening to him tear at my husband’s flesh and scream like his crib was the portal to hell. Eventually his fury gave way to a loss of consciousness but two hours later he woke up with even greater ferocity. I tossed him into our bed and nursed him to sleep: the biggest of all our band-aid sleep solutions.

It is not within our budget to buy “The Sleep-Wise Whispering Ferber Anthology” so any tricks or even your condolences would be appreciated.

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6 Comments leave one →
  1. April 2, 2009 10:02 am

    My son (who is now 8) also hated his crib. I have decided maybe he was/is claustrophobic so I bit the bullet when he was jusst a little over 1 year old, bought some bed rails and moved him into a twin bed. He started sleeping through the night (he hadn’t slept through the night..ever!) I bought two rails so that they went the full length of the bed and pushed the bed up against the wall. Not sure if that is helpful, but it worked for us.

  2. April 2, 2009 12:07 pm

    I did the same thing as Nikki, above, but I had a cot that sat a little bit lower to the ground by maybe 2 inches than the twin bed. Shoved it against the wall, with rails on the other side, and extra pillows on the floor at each end. That was the first night he slept through the night. He NEVER fell out of that bed. He was so happy to have that bed and I did not worry about him crawling out bc he hated the crib.

  3. Laura permalink
    April 2, 2009 2:08 pm

    Our oldest was a crib-hater. I would put her in there and she would scream for an hour or more. We finally just put a double mattress on the floor in her room (up against a wall) and let her sleep on there. It didn’t matter if she fell off, and it gave her plenty of space to roll around. We did spend several nights working at teaching her to stay ON the bed, but she would have been able to crawl out of a toddler bed too. After that, she was so much easier to put down! Good luck!

  4. Renee permalink
    April 2, 2009 4:37 pm

    We have always moved our babies to a bed soon after they turned a year old. This precedent was started by my first child who was a crib hater. Currently my third baby (16 months old) is sleeping on a trundle bed. My older daughter sleeps on the regular bed. At night we pull the baby’s bed out from underneath. Since it’s a trundle, it’s practically on the floor. A couple times the first week when we checked on the baby she was asleep on the floor, but now that she’s used to the bed it’s rare to find her anywhere but where she belongs. She sleeps well so we all get some sleep 🙂

  5. Caroline permalink
    April 2, 2009 9:50 am

    I was going to suggest the same thing. My youngest moved into a regular bed when she was about one and a half I think. She was always crawling into her sister’s bed and wanting to sleep there. She never really complained about the crib, but she seemed ready. You could try just putting the crib mattress on the floor. Just make sure that the room is babyproofed well and close the door or use a baby gate.

  6. Joanne permalink
    April 3, 2009 8:13 am

    No cost solution — Get rid of the crib & put the crib mattress on the floor.

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