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How Long Can a Baby Sleep in a Bassinet – Full Guide

How Long Can a Baby Sleep in a Bassinet - Full Guide

After coming home from the hospital, your baby’s bassinet will be their home for the next few months. However, moving the baby to their crib will soon be time!

You can move your baby to their crib once they can roll around independently. This is usually when they’re 3 to 6 months old.

However, that might not work for all babies, and it’s up to you and your baby to move from the bassinet to the crib.

Here’s what I’ve learned from my experience and signs that your baby has outgrown their bassinet. Keep reading, mommies!

When Should My Baby Stop Using the Bassinet?

When Should My Baby Stop Using the Bassinet?

It might seem like a waste to stop using such a great bassinet but remember; it’s better for your baby’s growth. As I mentioned earlier, watch out for your baby’s movement.

Movement is an important milestone for your baby and tells you it’s time to move them to a crib. Arrange your kid’s room and find a good spot for their new crib!

Apart from movement, check on your baby while they’re inside the bassinet. They should stop using it if they’re hitting the sides, seem uncomfortable and cramped, or sit up inside. 

Is Your Baby Bumping the Sides of the Bassinet?

This is one of the first signs that it’s time to move the baby to their crib. Since bassinets are smaller and have easier to move around, they’re recommended for newborns or premature babies.

However, that also means your little one will quickly outgrow them, so they can still lie comfortably inside the bassinet.

If you’re laying your baby down for bedtime and see their hands and feet bumping the sides of their bassinet, they can’t lie down comfortably. Remember, mommies: uncomfortable babies can’t rest!

What’s Your Bassinet’s Weight Limit?

Every bassinet has a weight limit for your baby’s safety, and I do not recommend going over it too much. The weight limit is the safest maximum weight your baby’s bassinet can handle.

Despite the manufacturer’s ratings, I went slightly over the weight limit of my son’s bassinet because he grew very quickly, but only by 2 lbs. at most.

However, something other than that might work for fast-growing babies. Following the manufacturer’s recommendations, like the length and weight limits, is best.

Your baby will outgrow their bassinet after a few months, so your baby needs to move once they’re too heavy.

Can Your Baby Sit Up in the Bassinet?

Babies will normally begin sitting up on their own once they turn 7 or more months old, and this is a sign that they’re getting too big for their bassinet.

I loved seeing my baby grow up and learn to move independently, but I was also worried that he would fall out of his bassinet.

Since bassinets often have lower sides than cribs, they cannot accommodate movement either, and your little explorer might fall out of the bassinet and hurt himself.

Once you spot your baby pulling themselves into a sitting position or rocking their bassinet, the bassinet must go!

How to Get Your Baby Used to a Crib

How to Get Your Baby Used to a Crib

Before moving your little one to their fantastic new baby crib, I advise preparing them first. Here’s how to slowly get them used to their new sleeping independence.

NOTE: Be patient with your baby; don’t worry if they can’t sleep alone. Establish a set bedtime so they know when to sleep and wake up.

Don’t Rush Them

My first son was fussy when he was younger and wouldn’t sleep in his bassinet, no matter what I tried. If that sounds familiar, expect the same process when moving your baby to a crib.

One trick to make it easier is making the switch in stages. If your baby’s new crib fits in your room, replace the bassinet first.

Getting your baby used to sleeping in the crib first will make the switch easier. Once she’s settled in the crib, move the crib to her new room and let her sleep there.

Let Them Nap in the Crib First

As your baby gets better at tummy time and can play for longer periods, they will stay awake more and get tired from playing. This is perfect for you!

After playtime, your little one will need to recharge with a nap, which is your chance to expose them to the crib and to sleep alone. Let your baby sleep in the crib during the afternoons.

Try to lower your baby in the crib feet first. Lowering them head first might trigger their startle reflex, so you’ll have to start over.

Set a Sleep Routine

Setting a routine for your baby is another great practice for safe sleep that’ll make the transition from bassinet to crib easier.

Track your baby’s “wake windows” and sleep cues to tell when he’s getting sleepy, and you can start winding down for a nap.

You can also set a mealtime before they sleep. Babies sleep longer when they’re fuller, so it helps them get used to the schedule.

I recommend reading them a bedtime story or singing a lullaby after they eat but before bedtime. This is so they don’t connect eating with sleeping. 

TIP: Prepare to adjust your baby’s routine, especially younger ones. You and the baby will eventually figure out a schedule!

Keep Your Baby Comfortable

It’s important to keep your baby comfortable to help them sleep better. I don’t recommend adding stuffed toys or blankets, but you can give them a pacifier to help them sleep.

Making your baby comfortable will help them settle in for bedtime. You can dim the lights before bed and sing them a soft lullaby to make them drowsier.

Finally, keep your baby’s crib safe by keeping it free of toys and blankets. A firm mattress is the safest sleeping surface for your little one.

When Can My Baby Sleep Without Supervision?

I get it, mommies; you want to keep your baby safe while asleep, so you sleep in the same room to help prevent SIDS. But when is it time to help them become more independent?

They can sleep independently once they’re 6 months old. Before that, sleep in the same room but not the same mattress for safety.

Bed-sharing may seem like a great way to bond with your baby, but it raises your baby’s risk of SIDS and suffocation, so please don’t!

Can a Baby Sleep in a Bassinet Overnight?

Yes! You can safely let your baby sleep in a bassinet throughout the night, but I recommend sleeping in the same room so you can check if your little one is safe and still breathing.

Whether your baby is in a bassinet or crib, remember to never fall asleep while holding your baby or while on the same mattress or couch as them. 

Bed-sharing is a big risk that could put your child in danger.

Is It Safe to Use a Bassinet?

If your baby is under the weight limit and doesn’t move too much while asleep, it’ll be safe when sleeping in a bassinet. 

Many parents (myself included) also like them because they’re space savers. Since they are designed for younger and smaller babies, they’re lighter and easier to move than cribs.

Of course, always remember to sleep in the same room as your baby until they’re old enough to move to a crib.

While bassinets are safe, I recommend considering your baby’s separate room beforehand. Consider finding some baby girl nursery ideas to spice up your little princess’s room and help them become more independent.

Conclusion

Your baby needs to sleep in the same room as you. This is convenient and lets you comfort them quickly if they start crying.

It also lets you get used to your baby’s sleep cues and helps you monitor them to ensure they sleep safely. This is especially important for the first year of your baby’s life.

But once they can sit up and roll over independently, it is time to say goodbye to their old bassinet and set up a spot for their crib. This is also better for their independence.

Adjusting your baby’s sleep schedule and giving them their own sleeping space will help improve the quality of your sleep, too!

Nayna Llenos
Nayna Llenos

Hi, I’m Nayna!
I’ve always wanted to be a mother, and I’m lucky and blessed to have two wonderful children to care for and love.
Despite this blessing, there are times wherein I do wonder if I truly am the mother my children need. Am I giving them the right food, care, and discipline to them?
But that is the beauty of parenting — you grow along with your children as they flourish to be their wonderful selves!
I wish to share my experiences with motherhood and how these tips can help you in your parenting journey.
I hope my advices and experiences will prove useful to you and that you have a smooth and wonderful journey as a mother!