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When to Move From Bassinet to Crib

Most parents these days are finding a way to keep their newborns close at night. SIDS is real, it’s scary and all babies are at risk. Bassinets, Moses Baskets, Cradles, CoSleepers all come in small footprints making “rooming in” an option even in the smallest of bedrooms.

You get used to your baby being so close. It‘s hard to imagine moving him into his own room so far away. But once he’s outgrown the bassinet, it’s time to move to the crib. So, what are the signs that trigger this move? Well, the good news is your baby will let you know and your parental instinct will kick in to support the decision.

Your baby will reach a developmental milestone (achievement set by the medical community). This is the ability to roll over. The once perfect sized bassinet will be too small to accommodate the needs of your growing infant. Next, he’ll begin to work on pulling himself up. If he decides to do this one day after waking from a nap, the sides of the bassinet will no longer provide the necessary safety against falls. This is why moving him before he starts pulling up is so important.

The nice thing about parenting is your knowledge level grows with your child. Let’s hope we can all stay one step ahead!