The average time of transferring the baby to the crib is 6 months. However, there are many factors to consider when deciding when to move your baby to a crib. This post will discuss these factors so you can decide the best time to move yours baby in the crib and do it successfully. Let’s get to that!
Cartridge weight limits
How long your baby sleeps in a chair will include some factors, one of the biggest being its weight. Most basses have a weight limit ranging from 15 to 35 kg. Make sure you check the weight limit of your particular case.
For example, Arms Reach Bassinets all have a 5 month old recommendation or when your child starts squeezing his arms and knees. Other bassets have a suggested age and weight limit. For example, CRZDEAL Bassinet recommends up to 6 months and no more than 30 kg. Smaller basses often have a weight limit of 15-25 kg. Therefore, you should be careful to check the limitations of your particular case. Be sure to stop using a stroller when your baby is too heavy for it.
Another thing to consider when deciding when to change your baby to a crib is whether you plan to continue sharing a room. If your baby crib is too big to fit in your room, then moving them to a crib can also mean moving them to a room separate from you. This is a big step!
AAP recommends that you share a room but not a sleeping area “for at least 6 months but preferably one year”. Therefore, if your baby is not yet 6+ months old and the crib is in a room other than your own, you should consider keeping your baby in the room with you for a little longer… as long as it is safe. If your baby is already 6+ months old then he may be ready to sleep in his room.
Babies sleep soundly, so if your baby keeps you awake at night but does not need your attention, consider wearing earmuffs. With earplugs, you will still hear your baby crying but not waking up to any noise.
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Growth and growth milestones
Even if your baby does not necessarily outgrow the closet due to its weight, it may outgrow it. Some babies become mobile faster than other babies. This means that they can roll or push their arms and knees. One of my clients had a baby that started crawling at 6 months old. This is very young!
(Note: If your baby is not mobile, try not to worry! My sons took a long time to detect and now they are both teenage athletes!)
So when you think about when to carry your baby in a crib, consider that it may be unsafe if they can sit in a crib or crawl on the side of a crib.
Keep in mind that some babies just do not like bassets. My second son was one of them. No matter what I did, I would not even sleep for 5 minutes. I tried to warm the surface and put it on until it fell asleep, etc., but it just wouldn’t sleep there! However, he seemed to be sleeping in his crib. To this day, I can not tell you what he did not like about the bass. Maybe it was the thinnest layer or how small it was. It’s hard to say, but if your baby doesn’t like it, maybe it’s just the crib! Therefore, your baby will not sleep in the crib. Most babies, however, sleep in a crib for up to 4 to 6 months and then start sleeping in a crib.
Bottom line: When should you move your baby to a crib?
The bottom line is that you need to move your baby to a crib when it is not safe to keep him in the current sleeping area. Maybe I want to move your baby for other reasons and that’s okay! Each situation is unique and you know your baby better. If your baby is approaching the 3-4 month mark, I recommend that you start working towards it so that you do not feel in a hurry. Babies change fast!
Now that you know a few things about how to choose when to move your baby to the crib, let’s talk about HOW to change them!
How to jump into a crib: 5 tips
The way you carry your baby in the crib will also include a number of factors to consider. Here are 5 tips for a successful crib transition using the acronym SLEEP:
- smallPending time in the crib – You do not want your baby’s first experience in the crib trying to fall asleep. And you do not want to be surprised when they wake up in a strange place. You want them to feel comfortable in their sleeping area, so first spend time not sleeping in it. You can play peek-a-boo, put them in the crib while leaving clothes with music or let them look at a cell phone.
- largeon their backs for safer sleep. This reduces the risk of SIDS. We can not always make them stay on their backs, but this is how they should start.
- μιempty the crib so that there are no loose blankets or toys in the crib. It is considered a safety hazard unless your baby is one year or older.
- μιinitially, making short sleep periods in the beginning. Assuming it is safe to sleep in their previous sleeping area, consider working until all sleep periods in the crib. For example, you can start with a nap a day or just sleep in the crib. Then, when they wake up, you can use the old sleeping area. For a few days to a few weeks, you can work up to more sleep periods.
- Pipersist in difficult times because many of us reject something new. But, after a while, we wonder “Why didn’t I do it earlier?” Your baby may not like the crib at first. It is similar to sleeping in a hotel on the first night on vacation. At first, the bed does not feel like ours. As soon as your baby spends more and more time in the crib, he will feel like his own!
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A special note for co-sleeping families
If you sleep together or share a bed, moving to a cot can be a much bigger step. Until now, not only was your baby in a different bed, they were also cuddled up to you and, many times, breastfed all night. In this scenario, we often incorporate some smaller “baby steps” into our personalized sleep patterns.®. Sometimes we need to change sleep relationships before transporting the baby or toddler to the crib. This is because when you change more than one variable at a time (how they sleep AND where they sleep), it is often met with even greater protest and crying. Many families will resign due to the very strong reaction. A slower process is often more successful for some families for this reason. You may be interested in reading our article, How to gently move your baby from sleep.
The baby continues to wake up in the crib
If your baby keeps waking up when you put them in the crib, this can be a whole different matter. Babies wake up for many reasons, such as sleep deprivation, sleep associations and more. Be sure to download our free e-book, 5 Ways to Help Your Child Sleep at Night to Get Started with a Better Sleep or 7 Common Sleep Mistakes to Correct These Little Sleeps!