Transitioning From Bassinet To Crib
by: Sarah Veda
If your baby has been sleeping in your room in a bassinet, you may have some concerns about moving her to her own room and her crib. But, don’t worry; you will probably both sleep better once the transition is complete. Most babies are ready to move to the crib at around six to eight weeks of age, or whenever he is sleeping for longer periods during the night.
Be prepared that the crib might feel a bit large to the baby who has been accustomed to a bassinet, but the transition will be much easier when the baby is older than it would have been with a newborn. If your baby seems bothered by the size of the crib, try putting a pillow at his feet to give the illusion of a smaller space. However, if your baby is turning over on his own, or scooting about the crib, leave the pillow out, as it can be dangerous. To make the transition easier, have the baby take naps in the crib for a few weeks before you move him in there for the whole night. Ideally, have baby take naps in his crib from the very beginning, so that when you move him there permanently, the surroundings will be familiar.
If you’re worried that you won’t hear the baby with him in another room, use a monitor to alleviate your worries. But, what you’ll likely find is that you hear him when he really needs you, but you don’t wake up at every little gurgle, which means better rest for both of you. Many first time moms are very fearful of sleeping through their child’s cries, but it is rarely a real concern. In spite of the fact that you are likely very sleep deprived, you will hear your baby.
Finally, it is common to worry about your child feeling isolated. But, studies show that children are much more likely to be comfortable sleeping alone in their room if they begin this routine early in life. The two year old who has always slept in Mom and Dad’s room would definitely feel isolated when put into his own room, the two month old will not. It is probably a bigger adjustment for you than the baby.
Your baby is getting more independent, and that might be making you a bit sad, which is perfectly normal. But, there are many more days of this ahead, and each step toward independence is a sign that you’re giving your child the skills he needs to develop.
Sarah Veda is a 41 year old wife and mother of two boys and one girl. She spent many years as a manager in the corporate world, and gave it up to be a stay at home mom.