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When Do Babies Need Their Own Room? Transitioning From Bassinet To Crib

As your tiny human grows faster than you can say “peekaboo,” you might be pondering the age-old question: is it time to say goodbye to the bassinet and upgrade to a crib? We know, we know – the mere thought of this change might make you want to cling onto that bassinet and never let go. Don’t worry, we’re here to walk you through the nitty-gritty of moving from bassinet to crib, complete with all the giggles, yawns, and adorable baby shenanigans that come with it. 

In this guide we’ll be covering:

  • When can I move my baby from bassinet to crib?
  • Signs that it’s time to make the switch
  • How to transition from a bassinet to a crib

When Can I Move My Baby From Bassinet To Crib?

Newborns usually sleep in a comfy bassinet or a handy bedside sleeper, right within arm’s reach of their parents’ bed. This setup isn’t just for convenience; it’s actually recommended by experts. They say keeping your baby in your room is a smart move for the first six months – a big thumbs up for bonding!

But here’s the thing:  these bassinets aren’t one-size-fits-all – they come with weight limits to keep in mind. Some can handle as little as around 4.5 kilograms, while others are designed for up to 14 kilograms of baby weight. Once your little one hits the weight limit of their bassinet (thanks to their growing squishy cheeks and tiny toes, of course), consider it a cue to bring in the crib for better and safer sleep.

Signs That It’s Time To Make The Switch

So, how can you tell if your baby is ready to upgrade from their bassinet to the crib?  Here are some telltale signs that your baby is outgrowing their bassinet:

  • Baby gymnast: If your little acrobat is attempting Olympic-level flips and rolls in the bassinet, it’s time to transition to a crib. Those moves might be cute, but they also mean your baby could accidentally roll right out of their bassinet.
  • Squished and squirmy: Has your baby turned into a human pretzel, attempting to fit their ever-growing body into the bassinet? If yes, then it’s time to give them more room to stretch and move.
  • Sleep struggles: If your little snoozer seems restless, they might just need more space to wiggle and jiggle their way back to dreamland. Moving to a crib could help – it’s like switching from a cosy nap on a recliner to a full-on sprawl on a king-size bed.

How To Transition From A Bassinet To A Crib

Alright, let’s talk crib-ification… Transitioning from the snuggly bassinet to a roomier crib might seem like a monumental task, but fear not – here’s how to make the switch without causing a bedtime meltdown:

  • Safety first, cuteness second: Your baby’s crib might just become their favourite hangout spot, so let’s make sure it’s as safe as it is adorable. If you’re scouting for a new crib, be sure to look for one that’s approved by the British safety standard BS EN 716-1:2017 – you can usually find it either in the instructions or proudly displayed on the crib itself.
  • Familiar territory: If you have a magic trick up your sleeve, now’s the time to use it! Place a familiar item, like a favourite blankie or soft toy, in the crib. It’s like bringing a piece of the old bassinet into their new crib.
  • Take it slow: Incorporate the crib into your bedtime routine. Start with a story (or a lullaby if you’re feeling musically inclined) near the crib. Gradually work your way up to placing your baby in the crib for sleep. You can even put your baby down for a few naps in the crib before you go all-in for the nighttime switch. 

As you watch your little one settle into their new crib kingdom, remember that this is just one of many milestones in their journey of adorable chaos. So, whether you’re celebrating successful naps in the crib or rejoicing in full nights of crib-based slumber, give yourself a well-deserved pat on the back. And lastly, be ready for those occasional midnight crib-side chats – because who can resist those tiny “I’m awake” smiles?

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