Best Advice for Parents when Newborn Won’t Sleep in Crib
Are you in the situation where you wonder why your newborn won’t sleep in crib?
At last, your much-anticipated bundle of joy has arrived. You already figured that your little one would get her days and nights mixed up. What you didn’t count was her immediate dislike for her crib.
So what’s a tired mom to do in this situation?
We’ll explore possible explanations why your newborn won’t sleep in crib. Then, we’ll look at the solutions, including some alternatives to using a crib…during the first few weeks, that is. Soon enough, you’ll be able to catch that much-needed snooze.
Reasons that explain why newborn won’t sleep in crib
Understanding why your newborn won’t sleep in crib can not only help you create solutions, but also develop patience. Here are some reasons why newborns have a hard time adjusting to the crib:
- Unfamiliar territory: your womb was a warmer and snugger environment; the crib, though, is bigger and allows your baby to move those arms and legs wherever. To a newborn, this just isn’t natural!
- Mommy preference: your arms and/or the carrier are a lot more snuggly than the flat, wide-open crib; this goes back the womb concept.
- Nourishment: a newborn, on average, eats every 3 to 4 hours because their tummies are so small and hold very little; if your baby sleeps for longer periods of time, then you need to wake him or her up to eat.
- Temperature: a cold mattress that’s covered by a cold sheet is not very comfortable—again, think about the baby’s previous environment and compare the two.
Ultimately, you’re looking at least a 3-week wait before your baby adjusts to the nursery. Still, there are ideas to make wait time pass by more easily while getting a bit of rest.
Some Items You Might Need (towel/blanket method; bassinet or portable crib; sleep positioner; swivel chair; side sleeper)
Depending on which method you’re planning on trying, you will any one of the following items:
- A Large towel or blanket and your dryer for warming either of these items.
- You will understand the need for a large towel or blanket later in this article, but a good alternative is a small heating pad or a hot water bottle. (Just to ease your curiosity, this is for the mattress.)
- Bassinet or a portable crib
- A sleep positioner
- Your baby’s safety carrier for the car (to be explained later)
- A swivel chair
- A side sleeper
Hints to Remedy the Situation
Some Alternatives to Crib Sleeping
What if your newborn won’t sleep in crib even after trying “everything”? Well, there are the Plan B’s to fall back on. You simply need to be patient and flexible. You can try utilizing the following:
- Same Room Sleeping (bassinet)
- “Side-car” Sleeping
So I hope these tips help in your quest for some rest. Nonetheless, this situation is temporary as your baby learns the difference between night and day. In the end, consistency, patience, and some degree of flexibility are going to help establish a bedtime routine.
Do you have some tips of your own to share or any questions on what we’ve discussed? We’d love to share some more information with you.