Getting kids to sleep soundly is one of the most exhausting challenges of parenthood. Luckily for parents, Cloud b is on a mission to help through all stages of development. Our #CloudbCares Q&A series offers expert recommendations, as well as advice from our community of moms to help solve your real family sleep issues – typically, issues most parents have to navigate. Here’s our latest – @RambleSAHM says, “Help! May baby plays in the crib instead of sleeping!”
What advice did our community of moms have for getting babies to sleep instead of play in their cribs?
- Sandra L: Maybe some lavender body wash/lotion?
- Brandy J: Oh My kid has been that way for 10yrs until Cloud b came along. But in all seriousness: no naps after 230pm, a small snack 30mins b4 bed if desired, lots of play / awake time during the day. Start winding down at bath time. Less light, a nice massage, read a story & snuggle, put toys away. Maybe the sleep sheep w/ soothing sounds (we have the on the go small version), provide time for self soothing at bedtime after putting baby to bed. Consistency – I can’t emphasize this big word enough. Stay calm & consistent/ predictable/ routine. Calm/quiet environment at a comfy temperature. No excitement/big play after bath / right b4 bed.
- MyChau B: Routine is key. Bath, book, bottle/boobies, then I turn on my cloud b soothing turtle music and leave the room. Puts both kiddos to sleep every time (a 2 year old and a 10 month old).
- Chris M: White noise, baby body massage, and you may need a longer wind down period before bed. Try some good sensory games prior to your wind down. Let her use her muscles, wrap her in a blanket and let her work her way out. Then move to the bath, message, reading etc. etc. Good luck!!!
- Wendy M: Get into a bed time routine maybe? Like and hour to wind down. But 8 months is still pretty young. Good luck!
- Beth M: Bath time before bed time to sooth and relax.
- Susan F: Let her play, she will eventually tire and fall asleep.
- Carrie A: The sleep function on my 2 year old has always been broken. Routine, oils, skipping nap, playing hard…. Nope. The force awakens soundtrack helps my oldest though.
- Danielle B: Routine, routine, routine, I have a 6 year old and 9 month old. Having them in bed at a certain time every night works wonders. Yes, the first week or two weeks getting them into routine will take patience, but after that they know When bedtime is and practically beg to go to bed.
- Tracy C: As long as she isn’t upset I’d let her play. I wish my one year old would play in his crib until he falls asleep. Instead he stands and cries.
- Hilary G: Whenever I Put my son down for a nap I would turn on his cloud b giraffe on the rainforest noises and then when he would go to bed at night I would turn on his tranquil turtle. It helped him realize between day and night time sleep. Every now and then he would play with his turtle but he was always good in his crib ( not crying or screaming) so I let him play and then he would put himself to sleep.
- Melissa P: Cloud B sound machines! We have the giraffe and a Minnie mouse one!
How about some expert advice for when your baby plays in the crib instead of sleeping?
All parents will have a different philosophy about whether it’s “cruel” to allow your baby alone time in his or her bed. My take on it is if they aren’t upset, some independent “think” time or relaxation is not a bad thing and may even be a good idea. Some of my best ideas come to me when I’m laying in bed (or at least not talking to anyone) or walking/running on the treadmill. Your baby may like the time and if she isn’t crying, she probably does!
Although independent play time can be good, at some point, allowing too much “down time” in the crib or bed can be bad for your baby’s sleep and you do want to avoid it. Just because you may have an easy-going baby who will lay in bed for hours without crying doesn’t mean she should. You might think this sounds far-fetched and babies who lay around for “hours” will be a rare few, but once your baby does know how to sleep independently, it is very normal for babies to begin to play and chat up a storm in their bed in the morning when they first wake up or before they go to sleep at night. I know, I know! I didn’t think it would happen either, but it did!!
Just for fun, check out these twin babies playing in their cribs when they’re supposed to be sleeping. What they do when they think mom’s coming to check on them is hilarious!