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I keep my son in the crib for naps, he is already crawling at 5 months and even pulls himself to standing on furniture. It seems like with these new skills he is having a really difficult time going to sleep. I used to read him a story, turn on some music and leave him in the crib. He would be asleep within a few minutes. Now, he crawls around the crib or stands up, then bangs his head and falls down and cries. I have comforted him and started the routine again and again and it just repeats itself until he is hysterical. Have any of you dealt with so much activity for such a small babe?
 

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well - to be honest it sounds to me as if he needs a lot more comforting and comfort from you at the moment than the story and the crib ! how about rocking him to sleep in a rocker before you put him down - are you nursing ? what is your situation ??
 

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i agree with annarosa, he just needs more comforting. i have found that nothing stays the same! i am always having to change how we do things, including going to sleep.<br><br>
i see from your sig that you are nursing. can you nurse him down to sleep? or rocking, etc. do you think he could be protesting the crib and would go to sleep better if layed with him on your bed?<br><br>
just some thoughts<br><br>
kris<br>
owen, 12 months
 

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I agree with the PP's... my DS would never just fall asleep if I put him in the crib awake. He might have done it a few times when he was much younger, but now at 11 months, he is very active and needs me to help him stop his body from moving so he can nap. He just doesn't know when to stop, and will keep on going even though he is getting clumsier and much more upset if he falls or bumps his head on something. Nursies are my secret weapon <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin">
 

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borrow and read Brazleton's Touchpoints - some babies need help getting to sleep (just as PPs suggest) because they are sooo busy processing and re-processing all their new skills.
 

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He has always taken his naps in the crib, and put himself to sleep after the story and listening to music for a few minutes. It has only been after this weekend, when he learned to pull himself to standing that he doesn't seem to be able to figure out how to get down or bumps his head and cries.<br><br>
I really don't think it is an issue of needing to be comforted, he only cries once he is standing up or bumps his head. I also don't want to nurse him to sleep, since we do not currently have a sucking to sleep association and I do not want to create one.<br><br>
He is not protesting the crib at all. He has never been bothered by the crib and it is certainly a better alternative than him crawling off of the bed and landing on the floor. He has been scooting since he was four months old and could roll over both ways before that. So taking naps in bed is not really an option.<br><br>
I have started to teach him how to sit down from standing and I think it is helping. It has only been a few days and already he seems to be able to get down from standing in the crib easier.
 

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I have a really active baby too. Crawling by 6 mos and standing up shortly thereafter. Now, mine never really liked sleeping in a crib, but when he started pulling up he did the head banging/falling thing too. At one point he bit his lip and I decided to give up on the crib altogether.<br><br>
Instead, I put DS on a big comforter on the floor either in the LR (if I'm in here) or his baby-proofed room with a monitor. Makes me feel better because he won't wake up, roll over and smash his head trying to crawl or stand (usually does this mid-nap too and is half or completely asleep). It also has the added bonus of me being able to lay down and nurse him back to sleep easily.
 

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That's a good idea, pp. Thanks for the input. He is doing much better already. I just keep going in and laying him back down instead of picking him up every time. It seems like it was just working him up more to nurse again or cuddle. Poor baby just wants to sleep!
 
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