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Transitioning Your Baby to a Crib

09/26/2016 09:00AM ● Published by Hood Magazine

By Hannah Parker, Nourish Birth Collective

For my family, the baby was waking more at night because of my noises and my movement than he would have if he were in his own room. Each of my children were at least 6 months old, but closer to a year before they were moved to their own rooms. It seems to be easier to nurse a baby at night when he or she is laying right next to you than in a separate bedroom.

After we made the choice to let the baby sleep in his own room, I lay my babies down pretty much as soon as they are showing signs of sleepiness so I can get them to bed before the dreaded “over tired” starts. The first few nights of the transition, I would rock or nurse the baby to sleep, or nearly to sleep, and lay him in his crib. When he woke for the first time, I would come in and nurse/rock him back to sleep and lay him in his crib again. If he woke again before morning, I generally moved him back to the bassinet by my bed, nursed him and kept him near me. The great thing about these sorts of transitions is there is no hard rule just because you tried one night means that you must put the baby in a crib every night after. If you don’t think he’s ready after one night, then wait a few more weeks to try again. It’s okay.

The best advice I heard was to lay the baby down when he or she is almost asleep. A mobile playing music or a fan is nice to muffle some of the house noise. My best sleeper slept on a sheepskin rug for babies that helps with the temperature transition between parent’s arms and the crib. He still likes to play with the fur as he falls asleep and is an amazing sleeper. If you’re looking for more advice, I gleaned a ton of knowledge from a book called The No Cry Sleep Solution by Elizabeth Pantley.
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