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Your smallest, cutest, and most boisterous roommate has been bunking in your room. Some nights have been more peaceful than others, but every night has been considered a win because you knew your roomie—and extremely snuggly baby—was safe and sound in their bassinet next to you.
That being said, it has been some time now of sharing your space with this tiny human, and they’re not quite as pint-sized as they were when you first brought them home. In fact, they’re looking bigger—or is their bassinet looking smaller?
Either way, if you’re debating whether it’s time to make the move to their own baby or toddler bed, we’ve got a handful of tips detailing how to transition your baby to a crib.
Looking for tips on how to get your child to sleep in their own bed? Once you’ve made the decision to transition your baby to a crib, it’s time to learn how to make the move as smooth as possible for all parties involved. After all, a happy baby is a happy parent.
Here are our six tips for how to transition baby to crib smoothly:
#1 Create the Ideal Sleep Environment
Wondering when will your baby sleep through the night? Other than sleep training, creating the perfect sleep environment—or close to it—can make all the difference when moving a baby from one sleep space to another. Consider adding some of the following items to your baby nursery to create a sleep-friendly environment for your baby:
A safe sleep space is one that ensures your little bundle is out of harm’s way every time you lay them in their bed. Here are a few ways you can ensure crib safety while promoting a good night sleep:
An important step in transitioning a baby to a crib is making sure they’re familiar with the new environment. If the baby’s crib is in their nursery, try spending some time there every day for about a week or two leading up to the move.
You can also partake in some fun activities during these times so that your baby associates their new nursery with positive experiences and feels more comfortable once they begin sleeping in their crib. Activities can include:
If you’re interested in taking this transition slowly, you can begin by letting your baby take their naps in the crib while continuing their overnight sleep in their bassinet. Consider sticking to this routine for about a week or two so that your baby can become more familiar with their new bed.
On the other hand, you might choose to start with bedtime in the crib, especially since babies are usually more tired when they go down for the night. This means your baby may fall asleep a little easier.
Regardless of which you choose, both options allow your baby to adjust to the crib at their own pace. Once your baby easily falls asleep in the crib, you can transition them to sleep there full time.
Creating a consistent bedtime routine is extremely useful as it helps babies learn when they’re nearing sleep. If you already have a bedtime routine that works for you, keep at it!
If not, here are some activities you can use to establish a routine that works best for your family:3Nighttime feed
Once your little one is in their new sleep space, you may be tempted to run in at the first yelp or cry you hear—and that’s understandable! However, if you wait a few minutes before running to their rescue, they may be able to fall back asleep on their own. This is because babies often wake between sleep cycles and fuss for a minute before going back to sleep.
So, giving your little snoozer the time to figure sleep out on their own gets them one step closer to becoming an independent sleeper.
This technique also helps babies learn to self-soothe. And if your baby is able to rely on themselves to go back to sleep, they won’t expect you to do it by holding them, rocking them, or giving them a midnight snack.
There is no clear-cut answer for what age babies should move from their bassinet to a crib because all babies grow at their own pace.
What is important is that you make the transition when it feels right to you and when it’s safest for your baby. Let’s break down each of these considerations.
The AAP suggests that your baby sleep in your bedroom for at least the first six months, and preferably, up to a year.4 However, you might realize after two months that you’re ready to transition them to their nursery because you wake up every time they make the slightest movement—and that’s OK!
On the flip side, you may choose to keep them in their bassinet until that one-year mark so that they can stay close to you for peace of mind. Choose whatever feels right for you and your family.
In terms of safety, it’s best to refer to your bassinet’s safety manual to determine when to transition your baby to a crib. In particular, you want to find answers to the following questions:
Once your baby has reached that capacity, it’s time to start planning the move.
In addition, if your little one is starting to roll over, it’s a sure sign that they’re ready to sleep in a crib. This is because cribs are sturdier, have more space, and can support a more mobile baby.
No matter where you are in the transition process, at Monica + Andy, we’re here to help. Check out our other blogs for more valuable sleep tips, along with other baby insights and advice.
And if you’re about to start the process of transitioning your baby into a crib, browse our selection of modern nursery furniture to find everything you need to create a safe and snoozy sleep environment.
From ethically-made cribs that are free of harsh chemicals to dependable mattresses that fit seamlessly into those cribs, our wide selection of furniture and decor can ensure functionality, personality, and safety within your baby’s nursery.
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