How to Transition Baby from Co Sleeping to Crib

All co-sleeping families are familiar with the feeling—as much as you’ve enjoyed the many benefits co sleeping has to offer, it just feels like the right time to encourage baby to move away from your side and into a space of their own. 

And though you’re fully confident that the time to transition has come, you’re wondering how to transition baby from co-sleeping to crib in the easiest and most stress-free way possible. 

With the help of a few tips, tricks, and best practices, you can ease the transition for baby while making the experience worry-free for you. 

babybay bedside cosleeper Consistency is Key

On the list of best practices for how to transition baby from co-sleeping to crib, being consistent takes the top spot. 

It can be difficult (okay, not just difficult—impossible!) to think logically when you’re woken up at 2 am from a deep dream state. 

But once you’ve put a plan for transition in place, it’s important to follow it. Keeping consistent will help baby feel more comfortable with the changes and make it easier for you to get back to the long nights of restful sleep you crave. 

Of course, there might be nights when your half-asleep brain doesn’t quite stop your parenting instincts in time and your transition plan goes out the window. 

Don’t worry about one or two-speed bumps along the way—just get back on track with your transition plan the next night. 

Keep baby close 

Just because you’ve decided to move baby into a crib of their own doesn’t mean you have to move them far away.

Choosing to gradually transition from co-sleeping to crib can ease some of the stress for both you and baby. 

On the first night you transition from co-sleeping to crib, keep baby close by pushing the crib firmly against your bed. That way, your baby will be able to take comfort in the familiar feeling of sleeping by your side. 

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As the nights go on, slowly start moving your baby’s crib farther away from your own sleeping space until baby is fully comfortable and confident sleeping away from your side. 

For families who have been enjoying the many benefits of a bedside co sleeper throughout their co sleeping journey, this gradual transition can be made even easier. 

Use a conversion kit to transform your bedside co sleeper into a baby bassinet. Then make a plan to start moving your baby’s bassinet away from your bedside slowly during the nights ahead. 

Because baby is already familiar with the sensations of sleeping in their made-just-for-them baby bedside co sleeper, they’ll feel more confident and comfortable as they adjust to the changes in their sleep routine. 

Instead of feeling the impact of many surprise changes at once (New mattress! New crib! More distance away from you!), they’ll be happy to catch some Z’s in the familiar sleeping space they already love. 

Sleep with their stuff (so that they feel like they’re sleeping beside you!)babybay co sleeper bedside crib

Your baby has slept right beside you for many nights, which means they’ve gotten used to being calmed by the familiar feeling of sensing you nearby. 

(Fun fact: because newborns are still learning how to find meaning in all the things they see and hear on the daily, they develop a strong awareness of smell.)

Putting a little extra care into making sure that baby still feels the sensation of having you close—even when you’re across the room—can go a long way in making sure nights remain stress-free and rest-filled for all. 

Sleep with your baby’s bed sheets for a few nights before you start the transition from co-sleeping to crib, so that when the time comes to set them up for sleep, they are surrounded by comfortable items that smell like you. 

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Of course, you’ll want to choose the item you give to baby wisley. Sleeping with bulky blankets or plush toys can be a safety concern for newborns. 

But by sleeping with baby’s sheets and fitting them snugly on your baby’s mattress before they tuck in for the night, you’ll be able to help soothe your baby and keep any separation anxiety away–without a single safety concern. 

Pick the right time. 

Only you know what’s best for you and your family—which means only you know when will be the right time to transition baby from co sleeping to crib. 

For many families, the decision to stop co sleeping will come when baby becomes too active during the night, or you decide that it would be better for you to get back to having some space of your own. 

But even if your decision to transition away from co sleeping is accompanied by some need to make the switch now! feelings, set the stage for an easy transition by making sure that it’s a good time to start a new routine. bassinet portable wheels babybay

Avoid making big changes when family is in town, a big project is forcing you to work long hours, or other big life events are taking over your time and emotional energy.

Making sure that both you and baby are feeling settled, calm, and ready to rock and roll toward a new routine will help keep things feeling stress-free. 

Give yourself a break! 

Though many parents wondering how to transition from co-sleeping to crib feel pressure to get the process “perfect,” remember that only you know what works best for your family. 

Give yourself a break if there’s a day when your perfectly-made plans go out the window and know that your baby will get comfortable and content with the transition from co sleeping to crib soon.

A Co-Sleeping Timeline: Early Milestones to Watch

When baby first comes home, the ideal place for them to sleep soundly is by your side in a bedside co-sleeper specially designed to keep them safe, secure, and enveloped in a hug of love all through the night. 

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But over the next few months, your baby will grow from a newborn into a crawling, playing, keep-you-on-your-toes toddler. And when that time comes, you may begin thinking about the best age to transition from co-sleeping with your family’s own special timeline in mind. 

Every baby is unique, and so is every family. That means that every cosleeping journey will look a little different. 

But no matter your family’s special cosleeping timeline, it can be helpful to check in at different milestones during baby’s first few months to stay aware of both baby’s development and your family’s needs. Checking in during these early months can help you make decisions about the best age to transition from co-sleeping down the road (even if that time still feels far, far off for you!). 

No matter when you decide to stop co-sleeping, the good news is that co sleeping with your baby during their early life has left them well-prepared to take on sleeping (and the world, while they’re at it!) all on their own. 

Co-sleeping helps your baby develop sensory awareness, meaning that they’ll easily be able to tell the difference between comfort or crisis and restor call for your helpaccordingly. 

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Your baby has also had plenty of time to nurture a deep and meaningful relationship with you, which means they will feel surrounded and supported by your love even if you’re sleeping farther than an arm’s length away. 

This means when the time to transition from cosleeping comes, you and baby will be more than ready to tackle all the nights of snoozes and sweet dreams ahead. 

When to Stop Co-Sleeping: The 5 Month Milestone 

Baby’s first few months set the stage for a lifetime of healthy growth. 

That’s why co-sleeping during this part of baby’s life is such an important tool in their grow-big-and-strong toolkit. 

By catching their first few months of z’s in a designed-just-for-them bedside co-sleeper that fits flush against your bed (meaning you’re always close by!), baby will benefit from a boosted immune system and better supported emotional and physical development. 

That’s why it’s important to take full advantage of all the co-sleeping benefits your bedside cosleeper can offer in these early months of baby’s life.

Though Europe tests and endorses bedside co-sleepers through baby’s first year, the United States has yet to expand their testing and endorsement procedures past five months of age. 

However, experts agree that sleeping close to your baby is still best practice through the first year of their life. 

That means around five months might be the right time to start taking stock of how baby has grown and decide whether it might be time to start transitioning your baby into a crib or convert your cosleeper into a bedside bassinet or whether they’re still comfy-as-can-be where they are.

When to Stop Cosleeping: The 9 Month Milestone

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When it comes time to fully decide when to stop co sleeping, developmental stages and family needs are more important indicators than age. 

That’s because all babies are unique, and their growth stages are going to be just as unique as they are. 

Likewise, no two families are the same. What works well for one family might cause nights of restless tossing and turning for another. 

It’s a good idea to check in with baby at the 9 month milestone to make sure that co-sleeping is still the best sleeping solution for them (and you!). 

If baby has started feeling confident enough in their mobility to move from the safe space of their bedside co-sleeper into the maze of blankets and pillows that you keep on your own bed, it might be time to think about keeping baby more secure with a standalone baby bassinet or crib. 

Those blankets and pillows you love to curl up in and keep close can quickly become a safety hazard to baby. Though baby might be learning to be a confident crawler at this age, they still haven’t quite figured out the art of being an escape artist. 

(Ready to learn more about how to cosleep safely? We’ve got you covered!)

And when it comes to plush bedding that can easily wrap around them or cover their head, those escape artist skills are much-needed to assure fully safe sleeping throughout the night. 

But remember: at the end of the day, only you know the cosleeping timeline that works best for your family. 

The day when it’s time to stop co-sleeping with baby will come. 

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But when it does, be excited to walk with baby toward their next milestone!

Because baby has been cosleeping all life long, their body and mind are ready to take full advantage of all the developmental benefits and conquer every new adventure that comes their way during nights ahead.

And just because baby is ready to transition their bedside co sleeper into a bedside bassinet or sleep in a crib all their own doesn’t mean they have to go far. 

If you choose to stop co sleeping around one of these early milestones, you can still help support baby’s next stage of sleep by positioning their baby bassinet or bedside crib right against your bed, or moving it no more than a step or two away from your own mattress. 

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That way, baby will still be able to feel your loving presence offering comfort from close by, even as they adjust to the feeling of sleeping in this new space that is fully their own. 

As baby becomes more comfortable in their bedside bassinet or crib (and as space in your bedroom allows), you can slowly move baby’s sleeping space farther and farther from your own bed. This will help baby gradually develop confidence and awareness that you’re nearby to help, even when you’ve stopped co-sleeping and are farther than an arm’s length or two away. 

And on the day you decide it’s finally time to move baby into a room that’s fully their own, they’ll feel well-prepped for this next important step. 

How to Safely Co Sleep

Co-sleeping is not a new practice. 

For most of recorded history, parents have ensured the safety and healthy development of their babies by sharing sleeping space with them. (While making breastfeeding easier and getting a more peaceful night’s rest themselves—that’s what we like to call a win-win!)

To this day, many cultures around the world sing the praises of co-sleeping and consider it the normaland naturalway of easing baby’s stress while helping them learn to breathe regularly and develop healthily. 

Studies have confirmed that co-sleeping is a safe practice that improves parents’ sleep, cares for baby’s development, and promotes bonding through touch. 

While cosleeping is one of the oldest and most popular methods for sleeping with a newborn, it’s important that you co-sleep safely. 

Before baby and parent tuck in for a more caring and nurturing night of rest, the cosleeping environment needs to be properly prepped. 

To create a safe cosleeping environment, you should…

  • Keep your baby close
  • Create the right room conditions 
  • Ensure safe body position 
  • Choose the right bedside sleeper

Ready to help your baby co sleep safe and sound? 

Let’s break these safe cosleeping conditions down further.

Keep your baby close 

Co-sleeping helps you bond with your baby. (In fact, emotional and physical bonding is one of cosleeping’s biggest benefits!) But you can put the brakes on that bonding—and create an unsafe sleeping environment—if you choose to sleep too far away.

While cosleeping, you should never be more than an arm’s reach away from your baby.

Sleeping next to your baby helps you become in-tune to their emotions. 

And when your breathing is close enough to your baby for her to hear you, your baby will start modeling her breathing patterns to your rhythm, helping keep her asleep for longer. 

Not only will sleeping close help you sense their needs faster and with more ease, you’ll be close enough to respond immediately—without needing to fly to the other room or wake up your partner.

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Create the right room conditions for co-sleeping

Dark, light, with the window open, with the window closed, with the thermostat set to a toasty 82 degrees—we all have an opinion on what kind of conditions create the best night’s rest. 

But when co sleeping, the room conditions need to be designed with your baby’s needs in mind. 

That means the room shouldn’t be too toasty, and there should be no extra pillows, stuffed animals, or blankets crowding the mattress. 

These kinds of fluffy materials can quickly grow unsafe if a baby rolls onto them or gets wrapped up during the night. 

As soon as your baby takes up residence in your room, it’s time to start thinking of it as their space as well as yours. 

Find a bedside sleeper that fits with your bedroom style, and you’ll create a cozy environment for both you and your newborn.

That means being open to letting go of your old sleep habits to guarantee that your baby is protected, well-rested, and unconditionally supported throughout the night. 

But don’t worry, you’ll be rewarded for your efforts. Soon you’ll be getting more sleep (get ready for your new parent friends to be jealous!) and curbing separation anxiety while making nighttime nursing easier than ever.

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Keep your baby in a safe body position

All the experts agree—babies should always sleep on their backs. 

The surface underneath them should be firm and clean, and any blankets should be light and kept far away from covering their heads. 

Cosleeping is no different. 

It’s important that your baby has space to lie comfortably—and safely—on a mattress that isn’t too soft or pillowed. Babies can easily sink into too-soft bedding in a way that quickly becomes dangerous.

We know you love your baby, which means you want them to go to sleep every night feeling like they’re on cloud nine. 

But it’s far safer for them to sleep somewhere firm instead of sleeping on a surface pillowy as a cloud. That’s why bedding and mattresses matter when it comes to cosleeping. 

Which brings us to…

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Choose the right bedside sleeper

While you may prefer a weightless waterbed, babies need baby-safe beds that have been rigorously tested for safety. 

Be sure your chosen bedside sleeper has no toxic wood glues, cheap fillers, plastics, or other harmful chemicals.

Any mattress you use for cosleeping should sit tightly against the bed frame so there are no gaps, space, or crevices that your baby could accidentally slip into.

Here’s the truth: Adult mattresses just aren’t designed to protect your baby. 

They’re designed with adult comfort in mind. 

That’s why it’s best to choose a crib, bedside sleeper, or baby bassinet that is designed to tuck your baby in for a long night of firm and safe cosleeping. 

These bedside sleepers fit snugly against your own bed, letting you care for your baby through the night while drifting off to dreamland with peace of mind. 

The babybay isn’t designed for adults. It’s uniquely designed with your baby in mind. Because of that, choosing a co sleeper crib like the babybay can take a lot of the guesswork out of safe co-sleeping. 

By choosing a product specially designed by experts to provide a safe co-sleeping environment, you can spend less time worrying about whether you’re facilitating the right room conditions for safe co sleeping with baby

Instead, you can spend more time enjoying the feeling of sleeping beside your baby, knowing that they are spending their night comforted and protected by your nearby touch. 

New Moms Can Get More Sleep with the babybay Bassinet

Thank you to Jessica Tomes of Baby-Chick.com for your review of the babybay bedside bassinet. Ms. Tomes said “babybay has seriously been a lifesaver for my little family”.

We highly recommend the babybay to all of our Mommy Chick friends looking to catch some extra snoozes.Baby-Chick.com 

Below is an excerpt of the review:

Get more sleep with the baby bassinet by babybay.babybay baby chick review

Your nighttime routine with a newborn can feel like a merry-go-round. As you adjust to spending normal sleeping hours rotating between, getting up to soothe, nurse, and return them to their crib every 2-3 hours, you’re using up the energy you’d rather save for the special moments. The babybay Bedside Co-sleeper is the perfect solution — especially in the early months, when baby is just so needy. (Because sleep, who needs that?) This European company has transformed the way we think about co-sleeping, and we love that their bassinet and mattress pads meet the top safety standards, both internationally, and domestically. We also love babybay’s dedication to sustainability — for every beechwood tree used to make your bedside co-sleeper, they plant another! And, all of their products are non-toxic, never using harmful plastics or glues, in any of their products. The chic, modern design is an added bonus.

With it’s half-moon shape (designed to mimic a hug), the babybay is also the perfect solution to nighttime separation anxiety — your touch is only a hand’s reach away. I have literally spent a night (or ten) holding hands with baby. But I know she is in her own safe space, and that helps me sleep sounder. You know, until she wakes me up to nurse (again) . . .

To read the full review visit: https://www.baby-chick.com/get-more-sleep-with-babybay/