transitioning baby to a crib

Many new parents come home from the hospital to place their newborn in a bassinet. Others may have a co-sleeping arrangement when the little one is brand new. This may work well for months, but for some babies, they sleep much better in their own bed.

transitioning baby to a crib

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Transitioning Your Baby to a Crib

I know this because that was my son. We had a bassinet in our room, all pretty and ready for him to come in and sleep in it for at least 4-5 months…we assumed wrong. After about 6 weeks of sleeping in the same room with us, he just didn’t care for it anymore. He was almost too long for the bassinet, and he would cry out if one of us rolled over or made any noise in the middle of the night.

So, we decided – against our own wishes – that we would try to move him to his crib.

In his room.

All the way across the hall.

Yes, it was a scary thought. In his bassinet, I could look over at him at any moment to see if he was okay (translation: to make sure he was still breathing). With him in another room, I couldn’t do that. He was already sleeping through the night at that point though, so he really wouldn’t need me until early the next morning.

Luckily, it all worked out in the end, and he was much more content in his own room. Now, he’s a toddler that sleeps through the night – most nights anyway!

So, how did we do it? I’ll give you the tips that I feel helped us make the transition to a crib so smooth.

  • Create a night time routine immediately. Habits are hard to break, and we knew that if we didn’t set up something (at least temporarily) it would be more difficult for all three of us later. We did a bath, bottle, a little bit of swaying him in our arms, then bedtime.
  • Invest in a high quality baby monitor. I didn’t sleep well the first couple nights without our son in the room. Instead, I laid there and listened to the monitors. It gave me comfort. I wished we had opted for a video monitor so I could see him, so splurge for those if you want.
  • We simply did it. Talking about it and deciding against it night after night made it more drawn out and dramatic. Biting the bullet and finally just doing it allowed us to get it over with – and see that it was the best thing for him.

For babies that are older, here are some good tips for transitioning to the crib.

  • Give him something to cuddle. My son now sleeps with his stuffed Mickey Mouse, and I am sure it comforts him when we put him down and leave the room.
  • Temporarily move the crib into your room, if possible. If your baby co-slept with you, get him used to the idea of his own bed, while it’s in your room. Eventually, you can move the crib back, where it belongs.
  • Introduce him to the crib in stages. Allow him to only nap in it for a few days until he gets comfortable sleeping in there. Then, try having him sleep in it at night.
  • Again, a routine is important here. Doing the same things in sequence each night will allow him to grow accustom to sleeping in his crib.

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