How Long Can A Baby Sleep In A Bassinet?

How Long Can A Baby Sleep In A Bassinet?

What Are the Different Kinds of Bassinets?

Today you have a seemingly endless selection of different kinds of bassinet or co-sleeper to choose from for your baby. There is an array of options online – from bedside bassinets to self-soothing devices that monitor if your baby is awake or asleep.

You won’t be empty-handed when it comes to the pricing options of a bassinet to its style. Regardless of your preferred style, babies will generally outgrow their bassinet from around 6 months to 1 year.

Bedside Bassinets

This style of the bassinet is designed to rest partially on the side of the bed where mom sleeps. In the first few weeks after delivery, this can be especially helpful. While a mother is healing from giving birth, it’s hard to maneuver in the bed with a newborn.

Newborns are squishy. While healing, mom doesn’t have the core strength to move the baby around to breastfeed or change its soiled diaper. 

If your baby has a bedside bassinet, it makes it easy for you to situate yourself upright or in the proper position to feed the baby at all hours of day or night, thus pulling your baby out of the bassinet towards your body.

This is the same concept with changing diapers the first few weeks after birth – you can prepare the supplies while baby cries in the bassinet then bring the baby to your area on the bed once you’re ready for him or her.

Wheeled or Moveable Bassinets

There are bassinets that don’t attach to the bedside at all, which might work better for mothers who sleep next to a wall. It can also be for families who’d like other parents to be more involved in handling their baby in the first 6 months of life. 

Having a co-sleeper that you can maneuver throughout the bedroom creates ease of access to the changing table. Most bassinets this style are equipped with wheels, and a fully enclosed top, securing baby when your away from the room.

This option proves to be the most useful when your baby is nearing the sitting up phase. With a top that is fully enclosed, there is no risk for them to fall off the side once they learn how to climb.

At What Stage Do Babies Outgrow Bassinets?

Babies outgrow their newborn sleeping area like a bassinet, at different phases and stages. There are a few things you can ask yourself to determine if your child is ready to transition into a crib.

Most often babies outgrow bassinets near 6 months to one year of age.

Following the American Academy of Pediatrics’ advice; Your baby will sleep in the same room, but not the same bed as parents for the first 6 months, but no more than the first year of life.

baby asleep in a bassinet

A bassinet will save you the trouble of having to adjust your baby to sleeping outside of mom and dad’s bed. If babies get used to sleeping in their parent’s beds, it is often quite hard to re-transition babies from this closeness to their own crib.

A co-sleeper makes it much easier for them to accept moving into their own bed. This will allow you to keep your own bed with your partner all-along.

Parents, in general, find that it’s nice to reclaim their room at around 6 months after giving birth. Though this is not always the case and oftentimes a parent chooses to share a room with their baby long-term.

How To Prepare My Baby To Crib Train

Throughout the process, you can help prepare infants to transition to their bigger crib in good time. This is something that proves to be quite helpful in the long-run, even though your baby doesn’t take up too much space right now.

Eventually, your baby will grow bigger, louder, and have more preference for their sleeping area.

Preparing babies for this transition only makes sense if you want your ship back to independence to sail smoothly. Here are a few aspects to consider when preparing your baby for their crib.

Take It One Step At a Time

At first, letting your baby nap in the crib might be the best way to introduce it. Cribs are bigger, and more open than co-sleepers are. There will be plenty for your baby to see all around now, unlike a bassinet with walls at all sides.

Try naptime in the crib for the first month, and then starting night-time sleeps in it too.

Routine Is Key

Adults aren’t the only ones who benefit from a solid bedtime routine. Babies have rhythms too. It’s important to get a better understanding of the little human you’re preparing for this big transition.

What hours do they fall asleep the best? When is baby simply too far passed the point of falling asleep easily? What I’ve noticed is that there is a certain point when adrenaline kicks in from the body trying to stay awake past due time.

You don’t want to meet this stage of your baby’s tired point. There is a super sweet spot that you need to be settling your baby down for about half-an-hour prior to laying him down. 

At this point, you could be putting on jammies, singing a lullaby, reading a book. If you do the same thing each night, you’ll have yourself a good little routine for bedtime.

In With The Crib, Out with The Co-Sleeper

For babies, it might be a lot easier to do this transition one step at a time. You can try putting their crib in your bedroom for the first few nights, this will get them used to their crib.

baby in a crib

Having a welcoming crib space is one of the most important aspects of your success with crib transitioning. 

Sleep studies done on adults have proven that the way our beds are facing, the colors around us, and the environment of the bedroom before we lie down all affect our ability to fall asleep at night.

Create a comfortable soothing place for your child. Don’t face the crib towards a window, or put vibrant paintings above their crib. Find softer colors to surround your child with and dim or completely dark lighting.

Sleep In Babies Room

Babies can sense if you’re in or out of the room with them. It’s like a 7th sense. We’ve all heard a parent telling the story of how they had to tip-toe out of the room at naptime, and the second they were passed the bedroom door, they heard a shudder of cries.

The truth behind that lies in the scent on mom’s chest. A certain oil is secreted from a mother’s breast to assist with feeding in the first few years of life.

Infants can literally smell the hormones and secretions coming from their mother. So, if a mother is putting her child to sleep every day, they can sense how near you are. 

Maybe it’s best to just have dad help put the baby down to sleep at night. Another great option is for you to make a little bed on the floor next to your baby’s crib, just until the connection and desire to be close to you aren’t so intense.

Why Are Bassinets A Hit Regardless of How Fast Babies Outgrow Them?

Parents find that allowing their infants to be in the same room as them for at least the first six months helps the entire transition into parenthood be a lot better.

You don’t have to drag yourself to the nursery every time your child wakes for a midnight feeding, or early in the morning.

In addition to the quality of sleep, everyone in the household feels it’s a lot safer to have small babies in the same room as their parents. That way their breathing can be heard, and any other assistance they might need.

Babies are happier, and so are parents with taking back their room easily, yet still having that quality bonding time.

It makes sense that a baby who was inside of their mother for the last nine months would feel better being near their mom up to the first year of their lives.

Sources: 

Moving Your Baby from a Bassinet to Crib

When Is a Baby Too Big for a Bassinet?

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