How To Maintain Your Sanity During Nights When Baby Is Standing On Crib
At one point or another, your baby will come across a newfound discovery (or milestone maybe). At around eight to ten months, he’ll begin to haul himself up and stand on his crib.
There are only a few things that can challenge a parent’s sanity as much as during this time. You see, it’s not about just learning how to stand. Your problems will begin the moment your child becomes too fascinated with holding and chewing the rails; he’ll refuse sleep.
How Are Parents Losing Sleep Over Their Baby Standing In The Crib?
Just about when you had already trained your child to pull an all-nighter sleep, here comes the milestone when he starts to stand in his crib. Proud parents will soon learn that this is just the beginning.
Taking it from experience, my daughter is my sweet mini-me until such time, and then suddenly she turned bitchy. Here’s what happens to a baby that has recently learned how to stand on crib:
#Learns how to stand but has no idea how to go back down.
Parents will suddenly see a bruise or two here and there. Your baby can fell and hit his face on the crib side rails. From standing up, he will cry and flop into the crib sheet as soon as he is exhausted.
#Forgets to sleep or even nap.
Babies will become all too fascinated with this standing up on crib idea. He will forget his sleeping routine as soon as this happened. Your child will get cranky due to the lack of adequate sleep. Parents are also not immune to this. Just about everyone around the house will lose sleep.
#Tattered crib rails.
Your hardwood crib will surely lose its varnish or paint. The time when babies start to stand on the crib is also the months when his second set of teeth appears. Since the baby is teething during this period, he will most likely vent his gum discomfort on the upper crib rails. Your baby might be a picky eater, but he will chew on his rails like candy. He will later rip off (and eat, yikes!) the varnish, wood pain or crib rail foam padding.
# Anxious mommies.
Since this is the first time that your baby has mastered how to stand in the crib, parents will keep a watchful eye on baby at all hours. Rather than run the risk of your baby hitting his head, you’ll assist him to lie him down again and again.
As soon as your baby hits the mattress, he’ll haul himself up again. Even parents with a monk’s patience will find this tiring. The cycle of cries and standing continues ad nauseaum.
Putting Your Baby To Sleep During The Pesky Standing On Crib Debacle
1/ Lay him down (again and again)
This back-breaking routine will test your wits. As with my experience, if you put your baby back to lie down again, he will be less and less persistent with standing up. Your playful baby might treat this as a game so better put him down without eye contact. Don’t wait until your child figures this thing out. Put him back down, right now. Consistent repetition is your tiring albeit useful option.
2/ Forego naptimes
Your baby will sleep longer and better at night if you are not pushing him to nap too much during daytime. Let him play and go standing on his crib at daytime. Do this and soon, the novelty will wear out.
3/ Make your nursery room conducive to sleep
Your hyperactive 10-month-old might try to test your patience so outwit his senses. Create a “sleepy” bedroom by setting the right temperature and shutting off most lights. You may use white noise that gives a soothing humming sound. Your child can also benefit from half swaddling; it works even for big and active babies.
4/ Use crib nets
Deter your adventurous baby from standing up on crib all night by installing crib nets on top. A small pack-and-play installed inside the crib will work just as fine. You may also use a sleeping bag at night to put him to sleep and to keep him in place.
Babies who co-sleep and nurse at night tend to sleep longer. Co-sleeping will also remove the possibility of your baby consuming the whole crib rail all by himself, as he has your bed instead of his crib. You may also rock your baby on a glider before putting him back to sleep.
Let me just remind you that this is just a stage. Be patient; this won’t last that long. Just assist your baby during this development milestone. Teach him how to sit back and lie down. Check your long-term plans before you decide to try co-sleeping. Try to help your baby during this time. Remember, when it comes to behavioral training, it’s all about consistency and routine.