Your baby is still a newborn, but they are a little too big for the bassinet, yet they look so small in a crib; looks like it’s time to move them to a bigger sleeping space. If they seem running out of room when they move their tiny little hands and feet, or if they reach the age of 4 months or weight limit, which is usually 15 pounds, you’ll know that it is time.
The stage from newborn to infancy is such a blur; tending to your baby’s every need could make time fly by so fast or even drag it on some days, and the next thing you know, they can flip to their tummy, which would lead to needing more space without bumping their head or feet.
Once this happens, it’s a clear sign that they need a bigger sleeping space and that they are ready, even if you’re not.
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Signs that your baby is big for bassinet
- Need more room – the general age for a newborn to use the bassinet is until 4 months, but since each baby has a different growth timeline, this might come sooner for bigger babies. You will notice that your baby is starting to bump their head or their feet on the edge of their bassinet and is getting uncomfortable being in their sleeping space.
- Movement milestones – they will start to reach a movement milestone one after another, it usually starts earlier than 4 months but again each baby is different from the other. They would start by moving their hands and feet, testing their capacity then they will try their strength and control their heads, it’s going to be a fast phase and they will need a much bigger room to move.
- Disliking the bassinet – even though at this stage your baby can still not talk, you will get the message if they don’t like something or if they don’t want to be in it. Your once very relaxed baby in the bassinet might not like it so much once he/she is ready for a bigger space or the crib.
- Over the weight limit – the usual limit of the bassinet is about 15 pounds, others are up to 30 pounds. Make sure to check the label of your baby’s bassinet and for their safety, move them to a crib before they hit the weight limit. The bassinet is built to carry your baby as a newborn and a few months after that, once they hit a certain weight or age it’s time to transition them for a new sleeping space.
How to transition your baby from bassinet to crib
- Choose the perfect crib – there are so many types of crib these days, from the regular, convertible, portable, pack ‘n play, as well as a travel crib and you need to choose base on the needs of your baby. The size, shape, what material was used, how it was built are all very important details in choosing a crib for your baby because this will ensure your baby’s safety and your peace of mind.
- Firm mattress – make sure that your baby will be sleeping in a firm yet comfortable mattress, they could try to twist and turn in their sleep and you want to make sure that there will be no fabric that will be loose enough to cover their airways and make it hard for them to breathe. It is also advised by AAP that newborn babies sleep in their parents’ room for a minimum of 6 months and up to 12 months of age.
- Clear sleep space – keeping your baby’s sleeping space clear from toys, loose mattress, blankets, excessive pillows, nothings else should be in the crib except for the baby. This is to reduce the risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS).
- Lay baby on his back – babies up to 12 months should always sleep on their backs during naps and at night. The air flow and breathing is easier and better wen they are on their back, this is again to prevent and reduce the risks of SIDS.
- Stick to bedtime routine – if your haven’t started to establish a sleeptime routine, this is the perfect time to do so. Make sure that the temperature is also right (between 68-72 degrees F) aswell as the overall environment where the baby will be sleeping.
- Transition gradually – same room, different bed. Make the change as minimal as possible for your little one to adjust easily. If their bassinet is in your room and the crib won’t fit so it needs to be moved in another room, you can start by making your baby sleep during naptime at first then on their first night in their own room you could stay with them or you can try the chair method of sleep training.
What is the best type of crib?
The best crib for each baby depends on their sleeping habits and their needs in general. Here are the best-rated cribs available on Amazon to give you an idea of what crib to get for your baby.
Depending on what age you are transitioning your baby from bassinet to their crib but generally, you should have 3-4 sheets ready to go. Babies could get messy, and once they soiled the sheets, they need to go because we don’t want them to sleep in a dirty bed.
The first few months with your newborn are full of exciting and confusing phases. We rely on what we feel and what we know to give them what they need and want since they are still working on their communicating skills; their sleeping setup is definitely one of those. Just make sure that they get enough sleep according to their age and are always safe before calling it a night.
We hope that this article helped you figure out what to do next. Feel free to leave us a message or ask questions in the comment section below! Stay healthy and happy!