Pros Cons Toys Crib Intermittent Sleeper Baby

Intermittent sleepers are those babies who wake up in the middle of the night for no apparent reason. They expose both the pros and cons of putting toys in the crib. More pros exist than cons. One “con” argument is flawed, and let’s see why.


1. Children who can self-soothe will play with the toys until they are able to go back to sleep. These children benefit from having toys in the crib because they do not need the adult to put them back to sleep.

2. Stuffed animals will keep the intermittent sleeper company while he falls back asleep. Some children will only look at the toys, leaving their bodies supine and resting, which will promote returning to sleep quickly.

3. Toys in the crib can give the feeling of “sleeping in a crowd”. This hugging feeling is similar to the closeness of the womb and will promote sleep. The intermittent sleeper will fall back to sleep much more quickly.

4. Babies that are teething wake during sleep due to pain in their mouths. These children do well to have chewing toys in the crib to help relieve gum pain without disturbing others sleeping in the house.

5. Many babies will snuggle with soft toys for the feeling of comfort resembling being held by an adult. When they awaken, they will hold a toy close to them for warmth and companionship to fall back to sleep.


1. Children may become stimulated when playing with toys, especially those that produce noises or music. This will prolong wakefulness and impede restful sleep. Removal of toys in the crib for this child should coincide with little or only blue lighting in the room.

2. Active intermittent sleepers will move in the crib, occasionally colliding with toys. When the child becomes uncomfortable, he will arise. In these instances, nothing in the crib is best.

3. Anecdotal evidence states babies may suffocate from excessive numbers of toys in the bed. Flawed scientific method produces this evidence. This does not take in to account what types of toys, what number is excessive nor does it differentiate between sound and intermittent sleepers.

At all times, certain toys are unacceptable for cribs. These include toys with small parts, batteries, long strings or soft parts that can present a choking hazard; flammable toys and hard-edged toys. Hard toys can be swung by the baby allowing him to harm himself unintentionally.

Only toys that are approved for babies should ever be placed in a crib whether the child is awake or asleep. Be aware of allergy warnings on stuffed toys. Always check that toys are not damaged in any way before leaving them in the crib with the child unattended.

Learn how your intermittent sleeper acts when he awakens in the night to help you decide whether or not to put toys in the crib.