When should a baby stop using a bassinet?
For every parent, their world moves around their baby. Especially if you are a new mom or have just delivered your first baby, it is very obvious that you spend sleepless nights thinking about the comfort and safety of your baby. As the little ones spend much time sleeping and taking naps during their initial months, we recommend you take proper care of their sleeping cycles and the beds on which they sleep from the early months.
Babies come out of the womb and find the safest place at mom’s hands. Even the American Academy of Paediatrics suggests room-sharing with little ones to the parents to avoid any danger or life-threatening hazards like SIDS. But as your baby grows up day by day, a little cot or bassinet might become too short for it. It may lead to sleep discomforts or even lead to serious problems for spines and nerves. So, we recommend the young parents think about the necessary steps to take their baby to a crib as early as possible.
What is the basic difference between Crib vs. Bassinet?
The transformation of your baby from the cot to the crib is not something very easy. So, before you decide, a small informative note of their features and differences.
- Bassinets are often small and portable. It is most useful in small houses where there is less space to accommodate a new baby-bed or crib. It is portable and easy to handle also as you need to lean less to take up your baby. It is also very light, and you can move it to any corner of the room to accommodate your baby near you.
- But bassinets are designed for younger children of age stretching up to some weeks and months, and you surely have to invest afresh on a crib or nursery bed to accommodate your child as it grows up. The bassinets are shallower than cribs, and it may be dangerous for your kid if it already rolls over or can sit as it may fall accidentally. It also has weight limits that might not be suitable for a grown-up child.
So, you should think early of a Crib as soon as your baby starts growing. There are some reasons that we will provide you to go for a crib.
- Cribs might be a little boring and simple in their look, but if you think of its utility, it has numerous. Cribs have a wider space to accommodate your child. It will give your kid a safer space with higher guards. The baby can even play and sit in the crib, unlike the bassinet that is too small. As it is important to shift your baby to a different room for the sound sleep of the parents, cribs with baby-movement monitors. The bassinets are harder and have a greater lifespan. It also can be converted into a toddler bed if necessary.
- However, cribs take a little more space than bassinets, and if you have a little room space available, it will not be made for you. The higher railings sometimes create discomfort for parents to handle their child. It is not so portable like bassinets too.
But as your baby grows up and is not fit for the bassinet, it is necessary to think of an option. But if your baby is not very big or is comfortable in its bed, let it be. You can decide on a crib a little later. Also, if the baby is not hampering your sleep cycle and it is also comfortable to sleep with elders, there is no hurry for a cot to crib transformation in our suggestion.
When is it necessary to transform your kid from a bassinet?
Well, if you see that your baby is not so comfortable at its bedtime or it is becoming cramped due to sleep postures, think a little. Yes, you don’t need to spend a lot by buying a crib before your baby comes, but once your baby starts to roll over or try to sit, be cautious, as this might lead to serious problems. However, there is no fast rule to transform your baby, as it is more important to keep your baby safe and comfortable. So even if you are planning for a transformation, keep some points in mind.
How to start the transformation from bassinet to crib? Some necessary tips
If you think that your baby is now fit for a transformation to a crib, let’s make a checklist of features you should keep in mind as babies are fond of habits, and if you plan for a change, that will not be very easy for both the parent and the child. You may find your baby with a disturbed sleep routine and more nagging during the initial days. The parents also feel a little anxious to keep their kids outside their eyes. But as kids start outgrowing within three to six months and become larger than a cot-size, it becomes necessary to move them to a crib.
- Decorate your crib for baby’s safety: As cribs are more ordinary looking, don’t try to fill or decorate with more pillows and hanging things. It not only disturbs free space for the baby’s movement, but the baby can also even trip over or can be stranded with wires. Use firm mattresses to keep your baby free from pains or troubles, as soft mattresses give less air to pass. Don’t use extra pads or railings or guards as the kid can be hurt. Little kids spend much time in bed, so try to keep it safe and keep hazardous things out of the crib’s range.
- Create a safe atmosphere: For your baby, your arm is the safest from all over the world. The baby always finds you even in sleep. So, especially if the baby spends pre-bedtime with you, try to give the smell and feel of mom at its bedtime. A blackout screen or sleeping with all lights-off will help the baby in its sleep. As the baby needs more warmth, see that the mattress or cloths you use on the crib are not cold. Use some sleep sack or swaddle if necessary, to keep your baby warm. White noise may be useful for your baby’s sleep.
- Slow transition and maintenance of routine: Transformation to crib might be a little difficult for the baby for the first few days. Try to spend much time with the baby at the nursery and try to maintain a routine sleep cycle. As temporary and frequent naps are very usual for kids, try to keep the baby in cribs during long sleep hours. Once it gets used to it, try with short nap hours too. Gradually the familiarity of the child with the new environment will grow up. As you advance towards the baby’s sleep time, make some feeding and bathing routines to hint the child to prepare for rest.
- A few more steps: Try to take care of the baby’s movement during sleep and always lay your baby on the back. Try to avoid any stuffed toy or small toy parts during the child’s sleep time.
Finally, we always suggest that you give priority to the baby’s safety. So, become aware of the safety and quality standards of the bassinets or crib you use. Make sure the parts are correctly assembled and give your kid a little more space to freely grow-up without your constant care and concern.