4 signs it’s time to move your baby to a crib

2 January 2018 | By
Charles sleeping in cot

The cosiness of a bassinet or cradle by the side of your bed is a hard thing to give up for your baby – but eventually there comes a time when they need to move to their own crib! Baby Charles has been in his own room in his crib for a couple of months now, and his sleep definitely improved after the move. He’s had the space to better figure out how he’s comfortable to sleep (on his tummy or his side) and doesn’t immediately hit into edges whenever he moves around a bit.

Charles sleeping in crib

Lost in dreamland

It took us a while though, before we finally made the switch. Part of me really just wanted to keep him in our room and by my side, because it was much easier to keep an eye on him and know that he was okay throughout the night. But at the same time, he was starting to outgrow it and I had a feeling he woke regularly through the night because he knew I’d be there to comfort and cuddle him when he cried.

In the lead-up to his transition from cradle to crib, there were definitely a range of different signs that convinced us that the switch was necessary. And eventually we made the move!

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These are 4 key signs that it’s time to move your baby to a crib. Remember that just one on its own doesn’t mean you have to make the switch, but it’s a pretty good indicator that you should prepare for a change.

1. Baby is reaching the weight limit

Most bassinets or cradles have a safety weight limit specification, so if your little one is reaching the maximum then definitely don’t keep them in there for longer! You don’t want to risk it breaking or becoming unstable and leading to possible injury.

2. Baby is looking cramped

The dimensions of bassinets can be quite small, so once your baby becomes bigger then they can end up feeling cramped or uncomfortable. This was definitely the case for baby Charles – the top of his little head was getting quite close to the headboard of his cradle, even when we were putting him low enough that his feet were almost reaching the end!

3. Baby is rolling over or sitting independently

If your baby can roll or sit up on their own, it can be quite dangerous to leave them in bassinets or cradles. The sides are much lower, hugely increasing the risk of them falling out if they happen to lean over the edge or pull themselves up. It’s not worth the risk – put them lower down in a crib instead!

4. Baby is sleeping for more than 6 hours straight during the night

Ha I wish this one applied for us! But unfortunately baby Charles isn’t yet sleeping through the night yet… *patiently waits*. However, if your little one is sleeping for more than 6 hours straight during the night, then it’s better if they can be getting used to doing this in their crib. You no longer need them right beside you for the convenience of easy midnight feeds or settling, so it’s worth them adapting to their bigger bed instead. Delaying the transition to the crib can actually make it more challenging because they become increasingly used to the original cradle/bassinet.

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When are you making the transition from cradle to crib? Share your experiences in the comments!

Isabelle xx

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  1. Awww!!! I remember moving my son into his own room and crib (he’s almost 3 now!) I miss him being so small! We moved his swing into his room to start so he’d be familiar with the surroundings. Then put him in the crib during nap times and finally around 4 months or so he transitioned full time to the crib. He still is in that same crib lol

  2. We moved our little one at 3 months without giving much thought to the indicators you listed. Our kiddo was such a bad sleeper…he didn’t hit 6 hours straight of sleeping until he was about a year and a half.

  3. We transitioned my first baby into a crib at about four months when he started only waking up once a night. As for my second baby, not until she was about 8 months old because we just didn’t have room for her in our son’s room and she was still waking up more than once a night.

  4. Rolling over and sleeping for long stretches were the key signs for us when switching both our kids. I was sad the day we switched them.

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