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Parents with a poor sleeper often report that their baby hates the crib. But it's often unclear whether an infant actually hates his crib or simply doesn't want to go to sleep on his own. For some babies, being put to bed in a crib means a change in how they fall asleep. For example, if a baby usually falls asleep while being rocked or nursed, being put down in a crib means he can't be rocked or fed. That's the source of the upset.
Before making a drastic change in bedtime, work with your baby on making the crib a fun place. Throughout the day — not at sleep times — put some of his favorite toys in the crib. Make a game out of reaching in and getting them out. Then step it up to putting him down in the crib to get the toy. Eventually your baby will think of the crib as a fun place to be. You should also work on developing good sleep habits for your baby. Be sure that he's able to soothe himself to sleep on his own and that he doesn't need anything else to fall asleep, such as being held or nursed.