We all know that babies can grow up, and they may need to be transferred from a bassinet to a crib. How exactly do you do it and when should you do it? What are the signs that your baby needs to move to the crib instead of the bassinet all the time? In this article, we will cover some of the best ways to tell when to transition your baby to the crib and how to move them there:
When To Transition Baby To Crib
The best age for transitioning your baby to the crib is from 3 to 6 months on the average. Of course, that still depends on the following factors:
1. Is your baby sleeping well in the bassinet? If not, then that must be a sign of them wanting to be in a crib or a bigger place to sleep and stretch. After all, babies grow, don’t they?
2. Does the bassinet become too small for your baby? When your baby does grow in size, they may feel uncomfortable in the bassinet eventually because it can be too small for them.
3. Is your baby uncomfortable in the bassinet? If your baby experiences discomfort because the bassinet is not firm enough or comfortable enough, it may be time for them to go to a crib.
How To Transition Baby To Crib
If you think that you’ve met all the criteria above for your baby, chances are, you may need to transfer your baby from a bassinet to a crib.
Here are the things you will need in order to get started:
1. Get a good-sized crib. The crib should be big enough to adjust to your baby’s growing years. It’s okay to invest in something bigger and a little more expensive, as long as you don’t have to buy another crib once they have grown and developed a few years.
2. The mattress should be firm. A firm mattress for a crib is very important because when your baby falls asleep, they should be in a sleeping position that will not hinder their breathing. The firm mattress is best for babies to keep their support developed and to ensure that they are breathing in their sleep just fine.
3. It should be free from excessive pillows and blankets. These blankets can possibly cause them to have SIDS or difficulty in breathing when they are sleeping. Keep the blankets and pillows to a minimum to avoid breathing and choking hazards – only keep the ones that are going to be used by the baby.
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4. Keep their sleeping position on their back. The ideal sleeping position for babies is definitely back sleeping so that you can monitor their breathing and that they are kept away from risks of SIDS and other breathing problems when they are asleep. Babies still have poor control over their sleep and breathing combinations so it is up to you to turn them on their backs.
5. The temperature should be just right. Let’s face it – not all countries in the world have an ideal set of temperatures since everyone lives in a different country. For example, what may seem “warm” for the people in North America may seem different for the people who live in Asian and African countries near the equator. Consider what’s the most ideal room temperature for your baby depending on your area.
Here are the steps on how to transition your baby from the bassinet to the crib:
1. Prepare the crib. Make sure that your baby crib is all ready to be slept on – no hazards are present, the sheets are clean and prepared and your baby is all set to sleep on it.
2. Try using a sleep sack for your baby. If your baby feels cold when they are going to sleep in the crib, consider putting them in a sleep sack first, as they are safer than just using sheets.
3. Use sheets with your smell on it. If you consider using sheets, try using one that you slept on so that your baby will still notice your smell and feel like you are still there, to avoid separation anxiety.
4. Take your time. Understand that transitioning from a baby bassinet to a crib can take from days to weeks depending on your baby’s behavior and how much he or she has been used to the bassinet. Don’t rush, because all babies are different in terms of development and there’s no need to be insecure with other moms and babies.
5. Spend some time with baby first. You can put the baby crib near your bed first to keep a watchful eye on them before you transfer it to the baby room. Once your baby has adjusted and is no longer freaking out too often in the middle of the night, that’s when you can transfer them to their own room.
6. Check on the baby from time to time. As a parent, it is your responsibility to always mind the baby and check if they are sleeping properly if something is blocking their breathing and the like.
7. Keep a sleeping routine. Make sure your baby gets enough sleep and at the right time and schedule. A good way to do this is to give them a lot of activities in the morning and afternoon so that when the nighttime comes, they can keep their sleeping routine just fine.
8. Try sound machines and baby monitors. If your baby has difficulty sleeping, sound machines that give white noise are good options to block out the noise. Baby monitors can be installed once you’re out of the baby room and somewhere else (e.g. at work) to check on your baby’s condition.
As a whole, transitioning your baby from the bassinet to the crib can be a bit challenging, but is a great and rewarding experience because your baby can move to something that has a lot more room for them to grow and to play, rather than being stuck in the bassinet all the time. We hope this guide helped you in any way on how (and when) to transition your baby to the crib!