When you have a newborn, there is nothing you will love more than having them sleep right next to you. In fact, you will probably want that moment to last forever. However, this is just not practical and, with time, you’ll want the baby to move on to the crib.
There is a reason why people devote so much time looking for the absolute right crib, and then spend all afternoon trying to get it assembled. This is where their precious baby will be spending their nights.
The problem here is, babies tend to find the cribs totally unacceptable. The process of transitioning them towards the crib can be a complete screaming affair, and not so much a snoozing one. So, how do you get your baby to love the crib and sleep all night long?
Now, when the baby hits the six-month mark, it becomes a little hard to manage nap and sleep times. This is according to the director of the sleep center, Jodi Mindell, Ph.D.
She says that since babies sleep less and are awake most of the time, they are never in the crib, and as such, they do not want to go there when it’s time to sleep.
This is not going to be an easy task, and you may be required to exercise a little bit of patience. In this review, we take a look at some tips that can help you transition your baby to the crib, with as little drama as possible.
Ensure The Baby Is Ready For This
Babies will start making associations around the third and fourth months of life. This is, therefore, a good time to start introducing the sleeping in the crib idea.
It is also important to note that some babies are still not going to be ready for this. Being far away from their parents is not easy for them, and it may trigger some serious separation anxiety.
Depending on your baby, you may be required to wait a little while longer before moving the baby from their bassinet on to the crib. It is, however, still recommended that you keep the baby in your room for the first six months, even after they move to the crib.
Always Prep The Place Well
The room you keep the baby’s crib in should always be kept cool and dark. Anywhere between 16°C and 19°C would be the most ideal. While it is advisable to keep it bright in the first month of your baby’s life, the older the baby gets, the darker the room should be.
Come Up With A Mini Routine At Bedtime
It’s not advisable to simply pluck the baby from the bassinet to his new sleeping space cold turkey. It is advisable to start with a small routine every night, which is similar to the one you currently do when taking the baby to the bassinet.
This will ensure that the baby will start to get an idea of what is coming – bedtime. You could either change the baby’s diaper, do some singing while you rock them to sleep or even bath them in the evening when it’s time to sleep.
Wait For The Right Time
When your baby is up and about, keep them extra busy with games such as tummy time on the floor or singing games. Watch carefully for when they start looking drowsy.
This is when you should get to your night routine, and then put them in the crib. If you do everything right, you will be able to get them to sleep in the crib within no time.
If your baby is younger than six months, try and do this a couple of nights in a row, even if it doesn’t work the first time you try it. At times, it’s advisable to leave the baby to be a little fussy as you try to encourage them to sleep in the crib alone.
Put Them In The Crib Bum First
When putting the baby to sleep, always use this procedure – bum first, head last. This is sort of like the game where you fall backward and expect your friend to catch you. Babies experience the same feeling when you tip them upside down on to the crib. This will help make your baby feel safe.
Be A Stickler For Rules
It will take you around three weeks to get this new sleeping arrangement in place. Remember that the crib is not only changing the baby’s sleeping habits but also yours. You need to stick to it for at least three weeks, regardless of the baby’s reaction to the new arrangement.
Having the baby sleep in the crib is a great thing, and feels like an achievement once you get it going. You must, however, take it one step at a time to get the routine going. The points we mentioned above were recommended by a pediatrician, so, they are bound to work great.