How to Transition Your Baby from Co Sleeping to Crib

All co-sleeping families are familiar with the feeling—as much as you’ve enjoyed the many benefits co-sleeping has to offer, it just feels like the right time to encourage baby to move away from your side and into a space of their own. 

And though you’re fully confident that the time to transition has come, you’re wondering how to transition baby from co sleeping to crib in the easiest and most stress-free way possible.  With the help of a few tips, tricks, and best practices, you can ease the transition for baby while making the experience worry-free for you. 

CONSISTENCY IS KEY

On the list of best practices for how to transition baby from co sleeping to crib being consistent takes the top spot.  It can be difficult (okay, not just difficult—impossible!) to think logically when you’re woken up at 2 am from a deep dream state. 

But once you’ve put a plan for transition in place, it’s important to follow it. Keeping consistent will help baby feel more comfortable with the changes and make it easier for you to get back to the long nights of restful sleep you crave. 

Of course, there might be nights when your half-asleep brain doesn’t quite stop your parenting instincts in time and your transition plan goes out the window. Don’t worry about one or two-speed bumps along the way—just get back on track with your transition plan the next night. 

KEEP BABY CLOSE 

Just because you’ve decided to move baby into a crib of their own doesn’t mean you have to move them far away. Choosing to gradually transition from co sleeping to crib can ease some of the stress for both you and baby. 

On the first night, keep baby close by pushing the crib firmly against your bed. That way, your baby will be able to take comfort in the familiar feeling of sleeping by your side. As the nights go on, slowly start moving your baby’s crib farther away from your own sleeping space until baby is fully comfortable and confident sleeping away from your side.  

For families who have been enjoying the many benefits of a bedside co sleeper throughout their co sleeping journey, this gradual transition can be made even easier.  Use a conversion kit to transform your bedside co sleeper into a baby bassinet. Then make a plan to start moving your baby’s bassinet away from your bedside slowly during the nights ahead. 

Because baby is already familiar with the sensations of sleeping in their made-just-for-them baby bedside co sleeper, they’ll feel more confident and comfortable as they adjust to the changes in their sleep routine. 

Instead of feeling the impact of many surprise changes at once (New mattress! New crib! More distance away from you!), they’ll be happy to catch some Z’s in the familiar sleeping space they already love. 

SLEEP WITH THEIR STUFF (SO THAT THEY FEEL LIKE THEY’RE SLEEPING BESIDE YOU!)

Your baby has slept right beside you for many nights, which means they’ve gotten used to being calmed by the familiar feeling of sensing you nearby.  (Fun fact: because newborns are still learning how to find meaning in all the things they see and hear daily, they develop a strong awareness of smell.)

Putting a little extra care into making sure that baby still feels the sensation of having you close—even when you’re across the room—can go a long way in making sure nights remain stress-free and rest-filled for all. Sleep with your baby’s bed sheets for a few nights before you start the transition from co sleeping to crib, so that when the time comes to set them up for sleep, they are surrounded by comfortable items that smell like you. 

Of course, you’ll want to choose the item you give to baby wisley. Sleeping with bulky blankets or plush toys can be a safety concern for newborns. 

But by sleeping with baby’s sheets and fitting them snugly on your baby’s mattress before they tuck in for the night, you’ll be able to help soothe your baby and keep any separation anxiety away–without a single safety concern. 

PICK THE RIGHT TIME. 

Only you know what’s best for you and your family—which means only you know when will be the right time to transition baby from co sleeping to crib

For many families, the decision to stop co-sleeping will come when baby becomes too active during the night, or you decide that it would be better for you to get back to having some space of your own. But even if your decision to transition away from co-sleeping is accompanied by some need to make the switch now; feelings set the stage for an easy transition by making sure that it’s a good time to start a new routine.

Avoid making big changes when family is in town, a big project is forcing you to work long hours, or other big life events are taking over your time and emotional energy.

Making sure that both you and baby are feeling settled, calm, and ready to rock and roll toward a new routine will help keep things feeling stress-free. 

GIVE YOURSELF A BREAK! 

Though many parents wondering how to transition from co-sleeping to crib feel pressure to get the process “perfect,” remember that only you know what works best for your family. 

Give yourself a break if there’s a day when your perfectly-made plans go out the window and know that your baby will get comfortable and content with the transition from co sleeping to crib soon.

Is your Babys Bedside Crib Exposing Them to Toxins?

We know you want the best for your baby. That’s why you make
a point to research the safest products they will come into contact with.
Before deciding on the sleep environment best for your family, there’s
something you need to know. Not all cribs/bassinets/sleepers are made
alike. Without knowing what safety certifications and materials to choose, you
run the risk of opting for a bedside crib or sleeper that is made with toxic
materials which can pose a threat to your baby’s health. 

Certain paints, glues, woods, and plastics can emit harmful
chemicals and gasses known to cause cognitive delays, chronic health issues
such as allergies, asthma, kidney failure, cancer, and more. Knowing that your
newborn baby will be spending 16-18 hours a day in their bedside crib, it is
vitally important to make the most educated decision on which one you
use. Choosing a trustworthy crib and mattress is one of the best
choices you can make for your baby, and we’re here to help take the guesswork
out of the process.

MUST HAVE SAFETY CERTIFICATIONS

Below are the leading safety certifications to look for when
deciding on the safest sleeper for your baby. Each year, the
standards are updated to adapt to technology and changes in the market. As a
result, leaders in crib safety urge parents to use a new crib, not one handed
down. Older cribs may not meet current standards and have the potential of
risking your baby’s safety. Look for the following safety certifications when
deciding on your next sleeper. 

ASTM (American Society for Testing Materials)

The ASTM is one of the leading third-party product
testers. They focus on the structural safety of a product — how it’s built,
it’s ability to maintain safety with normal wear and tear, the safety of the
materials used, and they also search for toxins in finishes, paints, flame
retardants and more.

OEKO-TEX STANDARD 100 for BABIES

The OEKO-TEX Standard 100 label guarantees that every
material used in the process of making a product, is 100% safe for your baby.
Arguably the most rigorous testing criteria of them all, OEKO-TEX searches for
both regulated and non-regulated substances, going beyond national and
international requirements. The company also updates its standards at least
once a year, if not more, to incorporate scientific finds, and changes to
statutory requirements — which is no small feat.

IDENTIFYING TOXINS

VOCs – Volatile Organic Compounds

VOCs are gasses emitted from certain woods, glues, and
paint finishes. On items kept indoors, they can be up to 10x more harmful,
especially to babies. What qualifies as a VOC? Formaldehyde, benzene, phenol,
phthalates, and a slew of other gasses. 

PVC AND PHTHALATES: 

Found in soft plastics and are used to add fragrance to
products (to avoid smelling toxins.) If it smells artificial, it probably is.
PVCs and Phthalates are known for making allergies worse in children, can cause
kidney and liver lesions, cancers, and reproductive problems.

BISPHENOLS (BPA + BPS):

Used in the making of clear hard plastics. Has been shown to
cause prostate cancer, breast cancer, female infertility, obesity, and
reproductive damage.

FLAME RETARDANT CHEMICALS: 

Often used on textiles, mattresses, foam inserts. Can cause
endocrine and thyroid disruption, immune system disruption, reproductive
issues, cancers, and have adverse effects on child development.

SELECTING THE RIGHT MATERIALS

WOOD:

Always choose Solid Hardwoods. Other options such as
solid softwood, or MDFs (Medium Density Fiberboards — such as particleboard and
plywood,) require glues, plastics, and other adhesive materials (to hold them
together,) which may contain VOCs or other toxins — in particular,
formaldehyde.

PAINT/FINISHES:

Always inspect the type of paint or finish used in
manufacturing. Water-based paints are the only non-VOC emitting
paints available on the market.

WHY BABYBAY IS THE BEST OPTION

babybay is the ONLY eco-friendly, non-toxic, fully
attachable co-sleeper on the market. Here’s how we’re leading the pack:

babybay offers a line of all-natural, sustainably
sourced, eco-friendly co sleeper cribs to promote a healthy sleep
environment for your newborn. Unlike other co-sleepers on the market, babybay
uses no plastics or harmful glues. All our finishes are low to zero VOC and
certified non-toxic.

babybay’s bedside crib only have a few basic
ingredients:

100% natural beechwood

Water-based wood glue

Water-based finishes (Untreated babybay has no finish) NO
VOC

Metal hardware: contains no heavy metals such as lead or
cadmium

We NEVER use medium-density fiberboard (MDF), fillers, or
artificial materials.

Safety Certifications: ASTM, CPSC, FSC, TUV/GS, Oeko
Tex-100 Class 1

Our Mattresses: Free from hazardous chemicals,
awarded the “Confidence in Textiles†certificate for being free of harmful
substances (Öeko-tex Standard 100 Class 1 for babies)

Take the guesswork out of the bedside crib
safety process by choosing a babybay co sleeper crib for your newborn
baby.

The babybay Bedside Co Sleeper Crib Helps You Get More Sleep

Thank you to The MonarchMommy for your review of the babybay
bedside co sleeper crib! In her review, The
MonarchMommy talks about the uniqueness and customizability of the babybay
bedside co sleeper crib as well as highlights many of the great qualities
of the babybay. 

Here are some of the Top Reasons MonarchMommy likes
babybay: 

 

Safety – made of solid beechwood, manufactured in
Germany and is made to the highest European standards.

Non-toxic finish – no or low VOC – natural
antibacterial and antistatic protection

Durability – “There’s no plywood or plastic here, just
strong sturdy beechwood, so you can feel confident that it’s not a flimsy piece
of furniture that won’t stand the test of time. The babybay® will absolutely
last through more than one child!”

Versatility – can transform into bassinet, crib or
even a bench – “A crib that doubles as a bassinet, co-sleeper, and a bench
once baby’s outgrown it? Yes please!” – The MonarchMommy

Safety certified by the Juvenile Products
Manufacturer’s Association (JPMA), ASTM international child safety standards,
and TUV/GS (German Safety Approval)

 

“Once you’ve got the babybay® set up against the bed, you’ve
created a perfect little sleep nest for you and your baby. It’s like
bed-sharing and co-sleeping without losing even an inch of your own sleep
space. Baby is within arm’s reach for those late-night feedings, and best of
all, baby is close AND safe in the babybay®.” – The MonarchMommy

 

Below is an excerpt of the review:

Enter the babybay! I only wish I’d known about this great baby sleep
solution before my little ones were born. It’s something that gives you options
and a customizability that I haven’t seen in baby sleep setups before. Want to
know what it’s all about? Here you go! 

What exactly is a babybay®? The babybay® is more than just a
co-sleeper, it’s a bedside sleeper that actually attaches securely to any
regular bed (with or without a boxspring). It is made out of locally-sourced
beechwood, so it’s sustainable AND offers natural antibacterial and antistatic
protection. The babybay® is manufactured in Germany and is made to the highest
European standards. There are four finishes to choose from, and each is done
with a high-quality water-based finish that is non-toxic and no or low VOC.
That definitely promotes a safe sleeping environment for your precious little
bundle. The height of the platform of the babybay® is fully adjustable, so it
will fit most bed heights with ease.

Once you’ve got the babybay® set up against the bed, you’ve
created a perfect little sleep nest for you and your baby. It’s like
bed-sharing and co-sleeping without losing even an inch of your own sleep
space. Baby is within arm’s reach for those late-night feedings, and best of
all, baby is close AND safe in the babybay®. The babybay® is nice and sturdy
too. There’s no plywood or plastic here, just strong sturdy beechwood, so you
can feel confident that it’s not a flimsy piece of furniture that won’t stand
the test of time. The babybay® will absolutely last through more than one
child!

Learn more about the babybay bedside co
sleeper crib
on our website.

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