As a new parent, you have probably gleefully dreamed of looking at your bundle of joy in cute pajamas, sleeping in a crib peacefully. However, before a baby can transition to a crib, they’ll initially have to pass through a bassinet (carriage) for the first few months of growth. The time taken to transition from a bassinet isn’t set for every child. It will depend on their weight, size, and the baby’s readiness to sleeping on a crib.
A baby carriage or lets you give your newborn child the much-needed attention since they have irregular feeding and sleeping patterns early on. Bassinet manufacturers recommend 4 to 5 months of utilization, but some variants can be used for more extended periods. You can even have the carriage close to your bedside, which is great since a toddler needs constant care and feeding.
When To Transition Your Child To A Crib From A Bassinet
Babies have incredible growth spurts in the first few months. As the youngster comes of age at around 3 to 6 months from birth, transition them from the bassinet to a crib. The latter furniture is larger and more accommodating to the child. You definitely don’t want your child limited to space, which will only lead them to bump onto the sides of a baby carriage and wake up crying.
Nevertheless, other factors not limited to time such as genetics can contribute to switching the baby over to a crib much earlier or later than anticipated. For example, some children are destined to be exceptionally tall and will obviously outgrow the bassinet much quicker than on average. In addition, ensure the baby is within the bassinet’s weight limit: even though carriages have a high factor of safety.
Besides the toddler’s size and weight, observe how your baby responds to the bassinet and determine if they’ve outgrown it. Keep an eye on the child’s sleeping habits, needs, and development: your instincts should also inform you when there’s a need for change. Don’t forget, some technologies and accessories can make the bassinet more comforting to your baby.
Why Get A Bassinet If I Already Have A Crib?
Loving and taking care of a baby is every couple’s dream. Sure, there are many things you already have like the obvious diapers, bottles and bathing products. However, your baby also needs to sleep comfortably. Don’t merely take it from my experience as a mother; even the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends bassinets as the safest option for your child to sleep in early on in their precious lives.
There are many reasons why you should have a bassinet. Key among them is their restrictive space. A bassinet limits the baby’s movement as they slumber, which reduces the chances of them sleeping dangerously on their tummy.
Moreover, a bassinet is easily portable, unlike a crib. Therefore, your baby can enjoy a familiar place to sleep in even when traveling. Because the bassinet doesn’t take up much space, there’s no reason not to sleep with the baby in the same room as you are and keep a close eye on them.
Some bassinets even boast features like rocking side-to-side and speakers for music. Most variants are easy to fold up and store. Soon enough, your little one will seamlessly transition to a crib after getting used to a bassinet. When the little one outgrows the bassinet, you should note a change in their sleep routine as well.
How To Transition Your Baby From A Bassinet To A Crib
A baby will undoubtedly be used to and feel comfortable using a bassinet. However, in due course, slowly transition them from the carriage to their crib, and ultimately to their own bed. Let the child ease into their new environments gradually. Establishing a regular sleep pattern- soothing music and nightlight also can help out a lot.
From my experience, I found using increments of around 10 minutes, day-to-day on a crib from a carriage helps a lot. Additionally, increase my proximity to the crib with time as the baby wanders off, appeasing them into thinking that you’re in close by as usual. Sooner or later, the child does get comfortable not sighting you around when they wake up. The goal is to avoid shocking your kid with their unfamiliar surroundings altogether. The interval taken soothes them into their alternative environments. Your child will warm up to the crib, and you should observe them with less gusto over time.
Why Keeping Your Baby In The Same Room Is Advisable
Your baby will have a torrid time sleeping during the first few months. Therefore, keep them in the same room as you, to diligently observe and tend to their needs. The toddler will need feeding and a change of diapers in the middle of the night every now and then. It is considerably easier to have your bundle of joy cradled inside a crib in close proximity than in another room. However, you should not sleep with your child in the same bed, because it might cause an accident.
sleep is an essential part of a baby’s development. If a child doesn’t sleep soundly enough, not only will it be cranky, they can fall ill too. A bassinet provides an environment where your baby will enjoy proper rest. It assists your child to learn the basics of sleeping in an appropriate position, facing up. Bassinets are designed to ensure a toddler under 4 months of age is comfortably cushioned as they sleep and safe from incidents. And, as a parent, you cannot put a price on your child’s safety.
In the first nine months, your baby was sheltered inside a mother’s womb. A newborn, therefore, requires an environment that offers the nearly same plush atmosphere, and a bassinet will provide nothing but that. A comfortable baby gives the parent peace of mind knowing that the child is safe and secure. Besides, a baby spends so much time sleeping, and they need to be as comfortable as possible.