Being a mom is probably the hardest job out there on the planet.
It starts with being 6 months pregnant, enduring morning sickness, weird food cravings, painful baby birth, feeding, taking care of the baby and it never ends.
The dreams most parents have of “an angel sleeping peacefully” is in reality very different.
At first, you’ll love the days sleeping close to her. But when you are exhausted, it may be dangerous to sleep beside your baby. They are nimble and can get hurt if you aren’t careful.
That’s why it might be a good idea to start using a crib for your baby.
It may seem a little puzzling at first. So you might be wondering:
How do I even begin the process of putting my baby to sleep in the crib? How can I make this easy for both of us?
Well for those sleep deprived and confused moms out there – here are 6 steps that will help to transition your child to the crib much more steadily.
1. Persistence is Key in Transition Your Baby To a Crib
I’m sure by now we can all agree that motherhood is all about patience. Babies follow very particular sleeping cycles and are found to be in good spirits when they have a sleep routine to follow.
Being persistent is the key. Your cutie will relax and find comfort in knowing what comes next during the first year. Examine your baby’s sleeping patterns and then build a routine around it. Figure out what works great for your baby.
It’s wise create a sleep routine before the transitioning takes place – for both of you.
There are a few common activities you can follow:
- Taking a warm bath.
- Dimming the lights to set the mood that it’s time to sleep.
- Reading a bedtime story or sometimes singing helps as well.
- Sharing a cuddle can also indicate that it’s time for bed.
2. Use Your Scent.
One of my tricks that I used during my baby’s transition would be to make the crib more like me – basically a mom.
There are a few ways you could do it:
- Try warming the crib up before you put the baby in to sleep. Remember to check that it’s not too warm or else it will be uncomfortable for you baby.
- Your baby will know your scent. Despite being asleep they can identify with your smell. Try placing clothes you had on throughout the day in the crib with the baby as you put them to sleep.
- Your baby’s sleep can be disturbed by them moving around too much. It’s not something they can control at such a young age. Bundling up your baby with a blanket you slept in can help with the transitioning.
3. Create a Safe Place
Make sure your baby knows that a crib is a secure place for them to sleep in. It’ll be a wasted attempt if you put your baby in there to sleep and then vanish.
Give your baby a chance to settle down and get snug. Your baby will never be able to associate with the crib properly if you are not present at first.
There are a few neat ways to try this:
- Get a good crib mattress for for your baby’s crib.
- Have a sleepover in your baby’s room – If your baby’s room has plenty of space, you can put a mattress down on the floor and sleep near the crib.
- Simply hang about in his room – Draw up a chair beside your cherub’s crib, then inch by inch sit farther away every night till you’re completely out of the room.
- Try with naps first – Make a habit of putting your baby in the crib to take their nap. When they get accustomed to taking naps in the crib, making them fall asleep at bedtime won’t be a big deal.
4. Remember To Have Lots of Patience!
There will come a time throughout the transitioning when you have to put your baby in the crib to sleep alone. Be ready for the initial whimper, even when it is necessary to leave them for a while.
The whole process of transition can be difficult. It will take some time for your baby to be familiar with new surroundings. Monitoring them from far is a good idea. Try not to go into the room every time there is a noise. It’s best to use a baby monitor to make sure things are okay and that your baby is just moving around.
Always try to remember that the ultimate goal here is to make your baby fall asleep on their own without any help from you.
You will become more familiar with the different types of cries your baby is making. Soon you will be able to tell them apart – whether or not they are just dreaming or they truly do need checking up on.
5. Give Yourself a Break.
Losing your patience won’t help either of you. If you feel stressed out just take a step back for a few minutes. Of course it will be heartbreaking to hear you baby cry – but sometimes even you need to take a breather.
Have someone else watch over your baby for a while while you take a break to collect your thoughts. Babies have a sixth sense when it comes to stressful situations. So it’s best to not make them even more crankier than usual.
Calm down, and don’t forget that not only is the crib a protected place for your baby to sleep in, but that it’s also a secure spot for them.
It’s best to take some time for yourself – go for a run or play some soft music. You don’t want to be feeling terrible later about losing your cool.
6. Being Able to Adjust
Every baby adjusts to the transition differently. It could take a few days or a few weeks. Everything depends on you and your baby. It also depends on your baby’s eagerness or struggle in moving to sleep in the crib.
Constantly sticking to a routine that works for you is very important. Every baby is different and unique in their own way.
No matter how much investigation you do on the issue, nobody else but you can know what will work best for you and your baby. I’m not saying that you don’t need to do any research at all. Just try to learn from every book, or article you come across.
Explore various options and you’ll eventually stumble across your own unique method for your unique baby. You may have to go through a few trial and errors before you figure out what or how will work best for your baby.
You Got This!
There are no tutorials or guidebooks to help you be the perfect mom. Believe me, I’ve looked! My first attempt was nothing short of mistakes and transitioning my baby to the crib was a nightmare.
Parenting is all about making mistakes and learning from them every day. There’s no way you can be perfectly prepared for everything. But with all the cries and fuss it gradually gets better. It’s all about timing and a bit of careful approach.
So, remember to cherish each moment and create many happy memories for you and your baby!
This article was contributed by Stepheny on behalf of FeedFond. She adores babies and loves to share tips about how to properly take care of them. Check out more of her work at FeedFond.com