One of the biggest decisions you can make for your little one in those first few months together is when and how to help them transition to a crib. They’ve been snoozing the day away in the bassinet, but you’re feeling like it’s time for a change. But what can you do to help your baby transition successfully to a crib in their own room? Take a look at some of our favorite tips for making the change seamless for both mother and baby.
1. Understand When to Transition
The first step to creating a positive transition from a bassinet to a crib is to understand when it’s the right time. Consider how old your baby is, how well they still fit in their bassinet, and whether or not you are comfortable with them being in their own room. Every situation is different, but note that it is recommended that you keep your little one in the same room as you until about 6 months of age. With that said, it really comes down to what is best for you and your baby!
2. Prep the Room
Once you’ve determined that you’re ready to make the change, it’s time to prep their room. Make sure you have a good set of blackout curtains so that you can keep the room as dark as possible. You’ll also want to get a white noise machine and a high-quality baby monitor. This will lend a tremendous amount of peace of mind to you as you embrace this potentially difficult change. We all love having our babies nearby and knowing that they are safe and happy is important. A baby monitor will work wonders for keeping you calm during this transition.
3. Have the Right Supplies
As soon as you have the room all ready to go, you will want to make sure that you have all of the right supplies to keep your baby happy and comfortable. If they use a pacifier to self soothe, make sure you have one in their room to give them as part of their nighttime routine. You’ll also want to be sure to have some comfortable baby swaddle blankets to keep them warm and cozy throughout the night. These blankets will work wonders by helping them to sleep better and longer.
4. Stay Consistent
We know it can be tough to make this transition. Not only are you distancing yourself from your little one when you’re so accustomed to keeping them close, but it’s the first big sign that your baby is growing up, and that can be hard. However, in order to help them to properly make this transition, it’s important that you stay consistent and stick to your plan to teach them to sleep in their crib. Be patient with your little one and with yourself as you both embrace this change. It will be worth it!
It Will Be Worth It
This is a major step in your journey as a parent, and the transition to sleeping in a crib is one that is sure to be worth it. Make sure you’re properly prepared with all of the right supplies, as well as a positive mindset, and it will all work out.