Last updated on February 28th, 2018 at 03:48 pm
Baby still sleeping in your room in a bassinet or rocker? Here’s how we transitioned our twins to their cribs—it was way easier than we expected!
I don’t write a lot of parenting posts, but I’ve found myself telling other moms how we successfully transitioned our twins from their Rock and Plays in our room to their cribs in the nursery. I’ve told it so many times now, that I decided to share it here, just in case you’re wondering how you’re going to get your baby (or babies!) out of your room and into a crib.
First, a little about how we slept our boys in the beginning. When we brought them home from the NICU when they were 3.5 weeks old (they were born at 32+5 weeks), we were lucky because they were used to sleeping in a bassinet instead of mama’s arms. So if you’re in a place where the baby will only sleep on you, I’m not the person to help. BUT, if you have your baby in a bassinet, co-sleeper, or Rock and Play (or similar rocker) in your room, this might work for you.
Around 3.5 months, we decided to transition the boys to their cribs. This decision was solely based on the fact they were so loud when they slept—grunting and squeaking and snoring!
Many people will tell you to start sleeping your baby in their crib at nap time to start. We took the completely opposite tack. We started putting them in their cribs when they were at their loudest—after their 3am(ish) feed until the morning. They were tired and half-asleep and the transition was easier than we expected. For a week or two, we just slept them in their cribs during that stretch and they didn’t seem to mind. Then we added midnight to 3am, and then after a week, 9pm to midnight. Soon we were putting them down for bed in their cribs sometime between 6 and 7, and they stayed there all night.
Then a month or two later we started napping them there as well.
For a long time they still woke up three, then two, then one time a night. Right now, at 10.5 months, they still wake up once, sometimes twice (every once in a while one of them will sleep through the night, but it’s still rare).
But they really do enjoy being in their cribs for the most part, so feedings are quick and easy (we bottle feed, so that might be different for breastfeeding moms). I actually don’t mind (usually) getting up to do their feeds—I take those quiet minutes to pray for them and enjoy some snuggles, which I don’t often get when they awake during the day.
I know this method won’t work for everyone. Every baby (and every parent!) is different. But it worked so well for us that I hope it might work for one of you, too!
How did you get your baby to sleep in his or her crib?