How Long Can You Use a Bassinet?
A bassinet is a tiny bed specifically made for babies. Typically, babies sleep in the bassinet from the time of their birth to about four months. However, this is not the same for everyone.
Many parents prefer bassinets so that they can keep their babies close even when sleeping, especially during the first few months. But how long can you use the bassinet?
Worry not! You won’t have to lose any precious sleep over when to move your baby from the bassinet to a crib. We have got that all covered!
Why Use a Bassinet?
Placing your child in a bassinet can be cozy and comfortable for them and convenient for you. However, as the baby grows older, they’ll eventually reach a point when it’s time to make the transition to the crib.
Several people go ahead and place their kids in cribs right from the start but it can be a bit unsettling for your child. Before babies are born, they are within the comforts of their mother’s womb for quite a long time and are used to that feeling.
It’s highly likely that your baby will crave for the comfort and security of the bassinet. Additionally, you can easily carry the bassinet around the house without disturbing the peace and comfort of your child.
Most of the bassinets have cool features like wheels, or they can be rocked back and forth. Some have both as you can convert them to the one you require and use it accordingly. In addition to the rocking features and wheels, bassinets have height adjustments as well. A bassinet with a wide base is the safest as it can’t be tipped over.
How Long Can You Use a Bassinet for Your Baby?
Parents are advised that they can move their child from the bassinet to the crib when the baby is around three to four months. However, this is no hard and fast rule. Some parents keep their babies in the bassinets till they’re about six months old. While others keep the babies in the bassinet until a year.
The exact time limit is not constant for all babies. Some babies are taller, while some grow much quicker. On the other hand, some are exceptionally active. All these characteristics affect how and when will your child will make the transition from a bassinet to a crib.
Here are some of the questions you should be asking yourself while deciding if it’s time to move the baby out of the bassinet.
How Heavy is Your Baby?
The average bassinet can carry babies weighing up to 15 lbs. The sole reason behind this is that the bassinet doesn’t tip over due to weight. However, there are several other models that can fit up to 20 pounds. So, in the end, it really only depends on the model you’re using.
The instruction manual of your bassinet will have the maximum weight the bassinet can hold so be sure to have a look at that.
Does Your Baby Look Cramped?
Not all babies grow at the same rate. Some babies grow faster than others depending on their diets and metabolic rates. Therefore, even if your baby hasn’t reached the weight, they might just be a bit too cozy in the bassinet.
While putting the baby in the bassinet make sure to check if they are cramped or not. If your baby’s sides always seem to be bumping against the sides or if they wake up way too often, it might be because they're cramped.
Are They Moving Already?
Small milestones like when the baby starts sitting up or start crawling are definitely something memorable. But in addition to being unforgettable, they are indicators of your baby’s transition to the crib. If your baby has learned how to sit up, roll over they might just flip themselves out of bed. Bassinets aren't suited for big babies as they are much shallower and can easily tip over.
Furthermore, some bassinets have frilly ends or pieces that can break off and become choking hazards for kids once the kid is able to grab something. Hence, it’s best to move onto a crib once your baby is big enough.
Make the Transition Easier
Now that you know it's time to switch from a bassinet to a crib, here are some tips to make that transition easier:
- Take it slowly. Kids are affected by their sleeping environment very easily. To counter this, take it slowly. You can start by making them sleep in the crib during the day and the bassinet during the night. When they’re comfortable enough, shift them completely to the crib.
- Don’t change the bedtime routine. If you already have a routine set in place before bedtime don’t end that, continue to practice it. And in case, there isn’t you can also establish one now, it’ll signify bedtime for your baby.
- Don’t move them to their own room just yet. Yes, having a crib would signify the baby getting their own room but don’t do that just yet. For the first few months let them sleep in the same room as you, so they grow comfortable with the crib. Once, they're comfortable with the crib, they won't even notice the change in the room!
- Stay. Don’t just drop your baby on the crib and go. For the first few days, linger around for a while, bring a comfy chair and stay near until they fall asleep. Having you around will make your baby comfortable. In case they’re uncomfortable, you can help with that too if you are beside them.
- Make it comfortable. No, you don’t necessarily have to fill the crib with stuffed toys for your baby to be comfortable. Having too many items in the crib is a risk factor for your baby to get suffocated. Just having a soft mattress and dim lighting can help your child sleep easily and make that transition easier.
We hope we have answered the question in detail and you have a clear idea on how long can you use a bassinet for your baby. Bassinets, although great, can only last so long.
There comes a time when you will have to make the transition to the crib, but if the thought of not having your baby next to you scares you, you can install a child monitor. With one placed in your kid’s bedroom and the other with you, this will surely make your life a lot easier!