Moving Baby from Bassinet to Crib

By Misty on in Baby Sleep Help Safety and Comfort with 4 Comments

Moving Baby from Bassinet to Crib
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Many parents are more comfortable placing their new baby in a bassinet rather than a crib. The bassinet seems more appropriate for their small size and may make it easier for baby to sleep those first few months close-by at night.

Then comes the time when you know that moving your baby from their comfy cozy bassinet to that all so big looking crib is right around the corner. This is a time of great enjoyment as your baby is becoming more active, but for many it is also a time of concern and questions.

You wonder about knowing when the time is right. You wonder if this transition will disturb your baby’s sleep patterns with which both you and they have become comfortable. Thoughts of your baby suffering separation anxiety certainly cross your mind and then there’s the concern about their comfort once in the crib.

These are all solid questions and today we’re going to help answer these and more. Below you’ll find helpful tips for making a smooth transition from bassinet to crib and we’ve even offered a few suggestions for making your baby as comfortable as possible.

Consider the weight and size of your baby

Most babies move from bassinet to crib while only a few months old. A good rule of thumb is to consider the move about the time that your baby is starting to try and sit up. At this stage, babies are typically around 12 to 20 pounds and may even look like they’re outgrowing their bassinet.

The American Academy of Pediatrics suggests that this will be when your baby is nearing three to four months and that all babies should transition from bassinet to crib no later than six months of age.

Keep in mind, once your baby can sit up they can typically roll over or start to pull up as well and this means there’s the potential danger of your baby falling out of the bassinet or into a dangerous position. At this point make the transition but don’t be tempted to line your baby’s crib with pillows and over-stuffing. This drastically increases the risk of suffocation.

Check for signs from your baby

You may not always understand what your little sweetie is saying but they can definitely give you clues when they are ready to move from their bassinet to crib. When your baby is cramped and uncomfortable they will squirm and fidget. Their heads may actually touch the top of the bassinet and their feet may start to kick the foot of the bassinet as well.

These are clear signs that they’re ready to move on to more comfortable sleeping arrangements. Your baby’s sleep pattern may begin to change as well since they’re in discomfort and that can lead to many unsettling concerns. Act on their clues and start the transition.

Sooth baby through separation anxiety

Some babies experience a bit of separation anxiety when they move from bassinet to crib. Most parents sleep with the bassinet in their own bedroom so that they can be near for feedings and soothing. Cribs are typically placed in the baby’s own bedroom. For some, this experience creates a bit of anxiety but never fear, you can help them through this too.

Sometimes all your little one needs to understand is that their new crib is not a scary or uncertain place. Try spending time in their room while they’re in their crib during the day, for instance when tidying up. Talk to them and interact with their favorite toys or a song or two.

This helps to make the crib a happy place. If they take to the change quickly that’s great, but if not start by laying them in their crib and leaving the room for short periods of time until they accept that it is okay that you leave them there alone.

Kinderglo NightlightAt night it may be helpful to leave a nightlight on in a corner of the room. You can learn more about nightlights in our article Should I Use a Nightlight in My Baby’s Room.

Bedding can help make crib time sweet baby sleep time

Making your baby’s crib a comfy cozy place to sleep will do wonders for making them cheerful about hopping in. I’m not normally one to use baby bumpers with their thick padding and ties due to safety concerns but if you feel you need one, just a simple breathable mesh one is the safer way to go. Your baby won’t really care that it’s there but the added bumpers will stop their little arms and legs from sticking out and avoid possible injury. Plus it’s easy to put on / take off and there are no ties for babies to get caught on.

If you are starting to consider blankets, pillows and sheets for your baby, it’s ok to choose colorful and playful bedding but you want to make sure that you don’t choose bedding that is bulky or to large for the crib as it could pose a potential safety issue. Something sized for a crib and not to thick like this Bedtime Honey Bear set is a great option. Remember, to keep it simple. No extra ties, ribbons hanging off or bulky fabric.

Moving your baby from bassinet to crib need not be a daunting experience. Many little ones make the adjustment quite easily and with the help of these tips and suggestions you can have the peace of mind knowing that your precious baby will be sleeping save and sound.

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  1. Amber Nelson

    August 1, 2014 at 1:29 am · Reply

    I was happy that my baby was able to make good use out of the bassinet.

  2. April Hammond

    August 1, 2014 at 3:10 pm · Reply

    What a great article about switching to a bassinet. I will have to bookmark this for when I have a baby.

  3. Bonnie Gean

    August 2, 2014 at 4:29 am · Reply

    I used padding because I've seen too many accidents where the baby's head went in between the crib rails. It's never something you want to deal with -- trust me, it's as scary for the little one as it is for you to remove their head! I never feared the baby suffocating as I was in their room more than I was in my own! ROFL

    1. Misty

      August 6, 2014 at 6:36 pm · Reply

      Bonnie. I did the same thing years ago when my older kids were little, however, we are lucky that it's not an issue any longer, but the suffocation still is. Babies die every year due to suffocation on bumpers. It's horrible. The new regulations of cribs these days require that the slats be nore more than 2 3/8 inches apart, impossible for a baby's head to fit through. Of course, if your crib was made before definitely want to check the measurements to be sure. If they don't meet it, take that crib back and get one up to standards for baby's safety.

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