Get your Baby Comfortable in the Crib

Many parents do not feel safe when their children sleep alone. The challenge for any parent is to get your baby comfortable in the Crib at the right stage in their development.

Science has shown that letting children sleep on their own as infants helps them to be more independent.

Moreover, sleeping alone helps both parents and children have more space and be more comfortable.

But is it easy to train your baby to sleep alone in a crib? Read on to understand more.

Many parents do not feel safe when their children sleep alone. The challenge for any parent is to get your baby comfortable in the Crib at the right stage in their development.

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When should you Transition your Baby to a Crib?

The answer is dependent on your baby’s development; primarily weight and age.

Carefully read the instruction manual of the Crib you are considering to verify suits your baby.

The typical weight limit for a regular bassinet is from 15-20 pounds, when your baby might be 3 – 4 months.

If your Baby has out grown the bassinet, it is time to transition to a Crib.

This transition will make your Baby more comfortable for sleeping and playing.

When your baby reaches 3 – 6 months, you should consider switching the Crib location.

Get your Baby Comfortable in the Crib?

After a long time sleeping in a bassinet, it’s hard for babies to sleep in an other place because children only feel safe and easy when being in a familiar place.

How to get your baby used to sleeping in a crib instead of bassinet?

Create your Baby’s Crib Position

  • Don’t rush.
  • Allow time to help your baby get comfortable with the crib step by step.
  • Prepare the crib for sleep; warm the crib, let your Baby listen to familiar sounds or a lullaby.
  • Determine where should the crib be located?

Often Parents find that the best location for your baby’s crib is in your bedroom so that you can see the baby and get accustomed to the new sleeping location.

The Crib should be in a dark and cool place. Don’t place your baby’s crib near the door, window or near an exterior wall as these locations are prone to noise and will wake the Baby.

You will not know your child can climb out of the crib until you see. To be more secure, don’t place the crib beside the window.

What you should do Before Bedtime

Many parents do not feel safe when their children sleep alone. The challenge for any parent is to get your baby comfortable in the Crib at the right stage in their development.

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Feed your Baby before sleep, this will help him sleep well through the night. Verify the safety of the crib: Mattress, Vertical Bars, Key

Check the temperature of the room: The ideal temperature is 80 degrees Fahrenheit (27-28 degrees Celsius).

Start talking to your baby before they sleep. Your gentle voice will help them relax and fall asleep. 

Every night before bedtime, parents should take a few minutes to do some gentle massage. 

While your Baby is Sleeping  in their new Crib

Ensure there is very little activity in the house so the noise is kept to a minimum.

Remember not to dress your baby too warmly or use blankets that are too warm in the crib, this might cause your baby to overheat.

Make sure your baby does not sweat. If your Baby suddenly cries but his/her eyes still are close, just coax or lull him/her smoothly.

Time for your Baby to Give up the Crib

Many parents do not feel safe when their children sleep alone. The challenge for any parent is to get your baby comfortable in the Crib at the right stage in their development.

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When your Baby can stand on his own and walk, a crib is no longer suitable because he can completely climb out of the crib at will.

Conclusion

To Get your Baby Comfortable in the Crib is not easy, but it’s not too difficult. Just be patient and be gentle. 

Related reading; When Getting Pregnant is Not Easy, How to Take care of your Baby’s Hygiene and  The True Journey of Natural Labor and Birth.

Author Bio:

Emma is the founder of ShrewdMommy, where she and associates blog about pregnancy advice, parenting insights, tips for mommy. Those experiences will somehow help you in your search for questions about pregnancy and baby tips. You can find her on Twitter and Facebook!

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