It may seem like a small thing, but getting your baby sleeping in their crib is a huge deal. And I’m talking not only as a milestone, but also for their health.
Once you have a newborn, there is probably countless times you rush over in a panic to make sure your baby is still breathing while asleep. This might mean placing a hand over their tummy’s to feel each breath because watching their chest go up and down just isn’t enough proof. Maybe you place a mirror in front of their mouth, or use an oxygen monitor like Owlet.
We all know that sleeping with you baby in your bed is the biggest mistake you could make. So you probably are using a bassinet placed next to your bed or a co-sleeper once your newborn comes home from the hospital.
And while you baby’s room has been finished for months, you probably haven’t used their crib for the time being.
But as your baby grows, you may start to wonder when it is the right time to get them in their crib. You do not want to the mommy or daddy who gets your baby in the habit of falling asleep with you and screams their lungs off when they are a few months old to sleep in their crib.
So when exactly should you start putting you baby in the crib?
The first thing you need to know is how much weight your bassinet can hold. This may only be 15 pounds, which means it’s time to move them once they are too heavy for their current sleeping situation. Check your bassinet’s manual or Google the model to get this information. Most bassinets hold up to 10 to 20 pounds.
Similarly, you baby might be getting too tall for their bassinet. While it is the most convenient place for your little one to sleep in, being close to your bed for mid-night feedings, if they start to look too cramped it’s time to give him or her more space.
The biggest sign that it’s time to move to their crib is when your baby starts to roll over. Babies typically reach this milestone around 4-6 months, although this could happen earlier.
If you baby rolls over, it’s absolutely time to put them in their crib. You don’t want them to not have the room to roll back over.
Do NOT swaddle them anymore at this point. You want them to have their hands free to be able to move around if they do get on their bellies.
Keep in mind that the American Academy of Pediatrics just updated its policy on preventing SIDS. The AAP recommends that babies should sleep in the same room as their parents until they are 1-years-old, but at least up until they are 6 months.
Once you do make the transition to the crib, avoid leaving loose blankets, pillows or stuffed animals in there with your baby.
Some parents decide to put their babies into a crib right away. While this choice is up to each parent, at least they have one less thing to worry about know.