How JustAnswer Works:

  • Ask an Expert
    Experts are full of valuable knowledge and are ready to help with any question. Credentials confirmed by a Fortune 500 verification firm.
  • Get a Professional Answer
    Via email, text message, or notification as you wait on our site.
    Ask follow up questions if you need to.
  • 100% Satisfaction Guarantee
    Rate the answer you receive.

Ask Dr. Keane Your Own Question

Dr. Keane
Dr. Keane, Family Counselor
Category: Parenting
Satisfied Customers: 1760
Experience:  Parenting Workshops, Teacher, PHD Clinical Psychology, 30 yrs. Exp. 4 Children
Type Your Parenting Question Here...
Dr. Keane is online now
A new question is answered every 9 seconds

I have a 16 month old daughter that I have co slept with from

Customer Question

I have a 16 month old daughter that I have co slept with from birth. She does not fall asleep unless she is being held, in bed with me, or riding in the car. I really feel like she is far to old to still need that much help to get to sleep. I would love to get her to start sleeping on her own. Does anyone have any ideas on how to help her transition to a crib? I feel like at her age the cry it out method would be cruel, but I'm no expert.
Submitted: 6 years ago.
Category: Parenting
Expert:  Dr. Keane replied 6 years ago.
Hi and welcome,

Although co sleeping is a popular and healthy practice it can be difficult to just stop especially at her age. There are "sleep system" books that you can buy that guarantee your baby will sleep by using their methods but a good old fashioned method works just as well and it's cheaper. What you can do is use behavior modification to get her out of your bed, and into a crib. It's not going to the easiest thing you do but you can do it. Yes, you were right on with the "cry it out" method, that's it and it isn't cruel at all. You could try other tactics like putting her in the crib and singing or rubbing her back, like Super Nanny does, but at her age she will revolt! So pick a day to start and don't look back, put her in the crib, give her a favorite doll or even one of your "tee shirts", something she can associate with you. Say good-night quickly and calmly and leave the room. She will cry and probably scream until she falls asleep (that's the hard part) not respond. She should cry herself to sleep. The next night, do the same routine, good night and leave. She'll cry again. Don't give in no matter how hard it is on you. Put some ear plugs or some ear buds in and listen to music, turn up the TV, just distract yourself from the noise, she will cry herself to sleep, consistency is the key. It may take three nights or five night or seven nights (not likely) but once she realizes that you are not coming in and picking her up she will get use to the crib and understand that this is her bed and all of you will have a better nights sleep. Because she is 16 months old you may take her to the crib during the day and let her put some stuffed toys in, tell her it's a game, what special toy can we put in today. Keep your voice light and happy,so she thinks it's fun.... If she sees you are excited it helps. It's a tough habit to stop since she knows nothing else but what she has experienced thus far. It will work. Good luck,( I used this method to stop middle of the night bottles for a 20 month old, took three nights, lots of angst on my part and fingernails bitten down to the quick and most importantly, a pillow over my head! But it worked). Good luck!
Please click ACCEPT and leave FEEDBACK when you are satisfied.
Customer: replied 6 years ago.
Relist: Answer quality.

JustAnswer in the News:

Ask-a-doc Web sites: If you've got a quick question, you can try to get an answer from sites that say they have various specialists on hand to give quick answers... seen a spike since October in legal questions from readers about layoffs, unemployment and severance.
Web sites like
...leave nothing to chance.
Traffic on JustAnswer rose 14 percent...and had nearly 400,000 page views in 30 days...inquiries related to stress, high blood pressure, drinking and heart pain jumped 33 percent.
Tory Johnson, GMA Workplace Contributor, discusses work-from-home jobs, such as JustAnswer in which verified Experts answer people’s questions.
I will tell you that...the things you have to go through to be an Expert are quite rigorous.

What Customers are Saying:

  • Wonderful service, prompt, efficient, and accurate. Couldn't have asked for more. I cannot thank you enough for your help. Mary C. Freshfield, Liverpool, UK
< Previous | Next >
  • Wonderful service, prompt, efficient, and accurate. Couldn't have asked for more. I cannot thank you enough for your help. Mary C. Freshfield, Liverpool, UK
  • This expert is wonderful. They truly know what they are talking about, and they actually care about you. They really helped put my nerves at ease. Thank you so much!!!! Alex Los Angeles, CA
  • Thank you for all your help. It is nice to know that this service is here for people like myself, who need answers fast and are not sure who to consult. GP Hesperia, CA
  • I couldn't be more satisfied! This is the site I will always come to when I need a second opinion. Justin Kernersville, NC
  • Just let me say that this encounter has been entirely professional and most helpful. I liked that I could ask additional questions and get answered in a very short turn around. Esther Woodstock, NY
  • Thank you so much for taking your time and knowledge to support my concerns. Not only did you answer my questions, you even took it a step further with replying with more pertinent information I needed to know. Robin Elkton, Maryland
  • He answered my question promptly and gave me accurate, detailed information. If all of your experts are half as good, you have a great thing going here. Diane Dallas, TX

Meet The Experts:

  • Rafael M.T.Therapist

    Rafael M.T.Therapist

    Family Counselor

    Satisfied Customers:

    MHT-MHRS-MS-MA Integral Psychotherapist & Life Coach
< Last | Next >
  • Rafael M.T.Therapist's Avatar

    Rafael M.T.Therapist

    Family Counselor

    Satisfied Customers:

    MHT-MHRS-MS-MA Integral Psychotherapist & Life Coach
  • Cher's Avatar



    Satisfied Customers:

    Extensive Experience working with Children/Teens; M.A. Teacher/Tutor 40+ yrs.; Parent of 2
  • Jennifer's Avatar


    School Psychologist

    Satisfied Customers:

    Collaborative parent consultation on everything from modifying behavior to child development.
  • professional_Alison's Avatar


    Child Care

    Satisfied Customers:

    Degree in early years,16 years experience in childcare
  • Dr. L's Avatar

    Dr. L


    Satisfied Customers:

    Licensed as psychologist and marriage and family therapist
  • Dr. Shirley Schaye's Avatar

    Dr. Shirley Schaye


    Satisfied Customers:

    PhD-Psych; Certif. Psychoanalyst NPAP& NYFS; Memb.APsaA;IPA; Pub.Author; Teach/Supervise Therapy
  • Eveningstargazer's Avatar


    Family Counselor

    Satisfied Customers:

    Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT)

Related Parenting Questions