Most babies will start their lives sleeping in a bassinet. Bassinets are the perfect size for your newborn and fit very well in your bedroom. In fact, itis recommendedthat yournewbornsleeps with you in your room for the firstsixmonths, up to a year.
Mom and Dads room is the safest place for baby to sleep at the beginning. Studies have shown a major decrease in infant deaths. When youareclose to thebabyat all times, you canprevent some of the known causes of SIDS.
So the question is, when will baby outgrow his bassinet and move into a crib? There are a few factors that will need to be considered. There is no fast and hard rule for when the transition should happen. The following is a guideline to check off. You will find it easier to make the transition with these points.
Is your bassinet small- Your baby might outgrow it quickly. Depending on what bassinet you have chosen, and how quickly your baby grows, could move him out sooner than later. I recommend you buy a bassinet that can accommodate baby as long as possible. They will feel more secure in a cozy space, especially at the beginning.
The design of your bassinet- Bassinets all have different designs; some have high sides and others a lot shorter. The design will determine how long baby can use it. It is always best to refer to the owners manual.
Is your baby rolling over or sitting up- A bassinet becomes unsafe when your baby can move around in it. If they are rolling over or sitting up, they will need to be in a crib. Bassinets tend to be shallower than cribs, so there’s a risk your baby could flip out of his bed.
Is your baby having quality sleeps- Quality of sleep has a lot to do with where baby is sleeping. Most bassinets are designed to be comfortable and practical, however, depending on your babies needs he might be ready to move out. If you find your baby to be uncomfortable or having interrupted sleeps, you might want to try him in a crib.
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How to Move Baby to Crib
Now that you are ready to try the transition, the question is how do you move themsuccessfully?
Thismay come very natural to somebabies,and they will take wonderfully to all that space. Here are some helpful tips to move baby over to his crib.
*Note: We strongly recommend you still keep baby in your room up to one year. You will want to replace the bassinet with the crib. Yes, it might be time to redecorate
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Take the plunge-Completely swap the bassinet for the crib.Your baby might have no problem with the move. Keep the crib in the same location the bassinet was, (as best you can.) Continue the same routine, as before.
Introduce the crib- Lye baby in the crib through the day to introduce it. You can even alternate naps from bassinet to crib.
Keep toys out of the crib-The idea is to associate the crib with sleep. Just as adults it is recommended to keep the bedroom “Device free.” The bedroom should be a place where other activities do not happen.
Sleep with baby- if you are struggling with baby not sleeping in the crib, try switching at night when you can go to bed together. Your baby might need that comfort until he gets used to his new sleeping space.
There are some helpful points to consider when moving your baby from bassinet to crib, but each baby will be different.
These points are a great guideline to follow, but also follow your own feelings.
The most important consideration is babies safety, if your bassinet is no longer providing the safest sleeping option, you need to make the change.