Eventually, the day will come when it’s the right time for your little one to stop being your roommate and just with any sort of change, it will take some time, and a bit of patience. It can be a difficult and confusing time for parents but there is plenty they can do to set baby up for success.
3 Steps for Moving Baby Into Their Own Sleeping Space
When you’re making changes to baby’s sleep, it’s a great time to revisit the tools and techniques you’re using to make sure safe sleeping practices are being used. In addition to a safe sleep environment, you also want to be sure you are doing what you can to make baby’s environment as conducive to sleep as possible.
- Create a Safe Sleep Space.
Even though your child is now out of that newborn stage, remember that they still don’t need anything extra inside their crib. You should be using a certified standard crib, with a firm mattress and fitted crib sheet. Remove any stuffed animals, blankets, pillows, and bumpers. Use SleepSack® instead of blankets – they will keep baby warm, but also keep them safe.
One tool that you can use to create a safe sleep space, but that can also help support baby as they transition into a crib in their own room is the HALO® SnoozyPod™ Vibrating Bedtime Soother. The HALO® SnoozyPod™ Vibrating Bedtime Soother provides some great soothing comfort features, while still maintaining a safe flat sleeping surface.
Some of the HALO® SnoozyPod™ Vibrating Bedtime Soother features include:
- The ability to play calming white noise to help block out household noise.
- An amber glow night light that’s soft enough to not cause wakefulness.
- An AC adaptor which allows for easy continuous use, as well as a backup battery option for traveling, making it easy to bring along and replicate your baby’s sleep environment.
- Ability to control all the soothing functions via smartphone.
The HALO® SnoozyPod™ Vibrating Bedtime Soother can also provide gentle vibrations that radiate through the crib mattress, which can calm babies and help them welcome sleep. If you do choose to use this feature as part of your crib transition plan, you’ll also need a plan to eventually wean them off of the gentle movement. For long term sleep success, you’ll want your baby to develop the skills to be able to put themselves to sleep independently.
- Set Up a Successful Sleep Space.
Once you’ve set up a safe crib for baby to sleep in, there are a few other things you can do to help everyone adjust to their new sleeping arrangements.
- Ensure their new room is dark for both daytime and nighttime sleep.
- Check the temperature – is the room being adequately heated or cooled?
- If you are still feeding baby during the night, be sure you now have a comfortable space set up in baby’s room with everything you need.
- Use a video monitor. You will be able to check on baby without disturbing them, and it will help you know when to go in and when to give them the chance to put themselves to sleep on their own.
- Have a Routine and a Plan.
It is important to make sure that both parents are on the same page and agree on how to best transition your baby before you begin. It will take some time before baby feels safe, so here are a few options that can help make the transition less bumpy.
- Move the crib into your room first and let baby get used to it. Move the crib back to your baby’s room once they’ve adjusted.
- Try getting baby to take naps in the crib during the day before transitioning at bedtime.
- Start by staying in the room during the initial stage of transitioning, until baby falls asleep. Slowly shorten the time you stay until baby doesn’t need you there anymore.
Stick to the same sleep routines and schedules you were using before transitioning so that there aren’t too many new things to adjust to all at once.
Give it Time
Depending on your baby’s temperament, the transition process can be pretty simple or may be a tough road. Most babies will take a little while to get familiar with their new sleeping environment, and you’ll need to give them some time to adjust. There may be a bit of fussing or crying, but they will work it out, and may even surprise you with how well they sleep snuggled in their new space.
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