Wednesday, 3 December 2014

How To Transition Baby Into Their Cot

I get a lot of people asking how and when we moved Parker into his own room. With him it wasn't a planned thing. Obviously it was going to happen in time but I wanted him close for as long as possible just like a lot of parents.

Paige outgrew her moses basket at 12 weeks so I was glad when Parker got to 12 weeks and still fit into his. Granted his was a little bigger. By 4 months Parker was getting a little too big for his moses basket (we make big babies) but I still didn't really want to put him in his cot in his room. I guess I wanted him to be the small baby who slept beside me for a bit longer. 

We didn't really have a plan because we wanted to keep him in with us for as long as possible but I ended up catching a bad cold and cough. Me coughing kept waking him and disturbing his sleep so the decision was made for us really. That night he slept in his own room and that was that. He was already a little used to his cot and room as I had let him nap in there a few times. He was also used to his sleeping bag and hated being swaddled so we didn't have that to worry about. 

Although the swap was relatively easy for us it isn't always the case but moving baby into there own room doesn't need to be difficult. Most of the time it's harder on you as the parent. 

There are a few steps that we took that may help if you are thinking of moving your baby out of your room. 

1) Let baby nap in there cot so they get used to the space.

2) If you aren't ready to have them sleep in a different room you could bring the cot into your room if you have extra space. This way baby can get used to there cot while you get used to them not sleeping right beside you. 
3) Keep the same bedtime routine in place once you make the switch. Having the same routine makes baby feel safe and gives them something consistent and predicable.
4) Use a white noise machine to help soothe your baby to sleep. This may help them settle in the different environment. You could add it into your bedtime routine.

There isn't a right or wrong choice of cot and you can buy them from a variety of different places. Cots that convert into a toddler bed will save you money in the long run but it isn't a necessity. Paige has a cot bed but because Parker's room is smaller he only has a standard cot.

Just do what feels right for you and your baby. 

Nicola Xx


1 comment:

  1. I didn't really do much to transition the kids, I just got fed up and moved them one day and it kind of worked! x


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