When you bring your little bundle of joy home from the hospital, it may be tempting to place them close by in their bassinet. While this is a common practice and can provide convenience if you’re breastfeeding as well. However, you should also make sure not to forget about how long they’re able to fit comfortably in the newborn bassinet. Eventually, your newborn baby will grow out of that space and need to transition into a crib.
So, you’re wondering how long a baby can sleep in a bassinet and when is the best time to switch from your beautiful little infant’s cozy womb? Read carefully for our tips on how long babies typically stay in the bassinet before they outgrow them as well as some helpful advice about making that transition from the bassinet to the cribs easily.
How long can a Baby Sleep in a Bassinet?
Most traditional bassinets are good for babies until they reach 15lbs, or start pushing up on their hands and knees. Many babies hit these milestones around 4-5 months old. You might want to purchase an updated version of the classic design with higher weight limits if you’d like your child’s comfort zone to last longer than 3 months. Some bassinet models even have a whopping 33lb limit so it should suit any sized infant who would rather be inside his bassinet from now on (or one that just wants some extra room).
That said, the length of time that is safe for any given infant to use their bassinet also depends on other factors other than just their physical capabilities – such as when they begin developing skills, like climbing or falling stairs without incident.
When To Move Baby From Bassinet To A Crib
Bassinets are designed for newborns and infants who can’t yet hold their heads up. However, as your baby grows into the next stage of development, they may not be appropriate to use anymore.
Some babies’ have developed their milestones, like being able to roll over, push up hands or knees and reach the age and weight limit. Then, sleeping in a bassinet might make it dangerous or unsafe for them. You should consider moving your babies from a bassinet to a crib safely.
There is not a universal bassinet age limit, and it really depends on how you feel your child needs to grow. Some parents want their infant in his or her own crib as soon as possible for better sleep while other caregivers are perfectly happy keeping them nearby until they physically can’t do so any longer.
Some bassinets can hold up to 20 pounds, meaning you have more flexibility to transition your baby from the bassinet to their crib. However, if the weight limit is down to 10 pounds, you should track down how quickly they grow and whether or not they are growing at a rapid rate. It might be necessary for them to enter into this new stage sooner rather than later. Each little one grows differently but as we know each child has different growth rates so some babies may outgrow their bassinet space before others.
Bassinets are typically designed for munchkins up to six months old. If your infant is on the smaller side, it’s okay to let them enjoy this arrangement a bit longer until they’re bigger. Once your baby has learned how to roll over, you don’t want them rolling into walls of their basket or feeling trapped in there, then it is the right time for transition to bigger cribs now.
Start to Sit up or Roll Over
Watching your baby gain the ability to sit up or rollover is a joyous and fascinating moment. However, as they become more mobile, these skills can be dangerous if not monitored carefully.
With this in mind, we recommend that you make sure any furniture around them has been cleared of anything sharp or breakable before their next milestone achievement. You’ll also want to keep an eye on him when he’s exploring his surroundings for other potential dangers.
However, the more mobile they get, the better suited they’ll be for a crib.