4 Tips You Need To Try When Your Baby Won’t Sleep In The Bassinet
Getting a baby to sleep is hard work, especially when it is your first time putting a baby to bed. Babies are so sensitive that even the smallest noise or vibration can set them off just when their eyes are about to close, and that’s not even the half of it.
It’s a good thing you can always learn from the experience of other parents, such as myself, when facing such struggles. If your baby doesn’t sleep in a bassinet, continue to read on because this article will tell you about all the ins and outs you need to know to make that little angel sleep in your bassinet.
Crib And Bassinet: Which One Is Better?
If you have spent countless times trying to make your baby fall asleep in a bassinet, I’m sure you must have thought that the bassinet itself is the problem and that you should just switch to a crib.
I for one personally think that babies don’t really find any of the two more comfortably than the other. Both cribs and bassinets can serve as a great resting place for your child.
However, there are a couple of differences between bassinets and cribs that would make you want to choose one over the other.
One significant factor that you will notice is size. Bassinets are a lot more compact than most cribs are. They require little floor space and are very easy to put in the back of your car.
Another thing that will make you consider choosing one over the other is the ease of use. Have lower sides that wouldn’t require you to bend over too much to place your child inside or to get him out.
Perhaps the only advantage that the crib has over the bassinet is that its larger sizes enable you to use it for a longer period of time. After all, a small bassinet size is only ideal for newborns and babies that are less than 3 months old.
Making Your Bassinet Is Safe For Your Baby
Before we get into the details of putting your baby to sleep in your bassinet, let us first make sure that your bassinet is completely safe to use.
When it comes to choosing or preparing your baby’s sleeping area, you must always make sure that the surface your baby will be sleeping in is firm and bare.
You should also see to it that there are no spaces between your baby’s mattress and the edge of the bassinet. Make sure that there aren’t any nooks and crannies that your baby can slip his limbs or head into.
If your bassinet comes with drapes, make sure that the drapes don’t reach your baby’s sleeping surface to avoid strangulation. Also, avoid using extra padding to ensure that your baby will not suffocate from burying his face in the padding.
Lastly, make sure that your bassinet is well assembled and is in line with the standards set by the Consumer Product Safety Commission before you use it. Whether it’s second hand or brand new, make sure that all the screws and bolts are intact. Also, check for cracks that might pose a severe threat to your baby’s safety.
Making Your Bassinet More Comfortable For Your Baby
To effortlessly let your baby sleep in his bassinet, you must see to it that the bassinet itself is completely comfortable.
One thing you can do to add comfort adds a little elevation to your baby’s sleeping surface. When your baby was still in the womb, he wasn’t placed in a flat position. This is why some baby’s find it hard to sleep in flat surfaces.
To elevate your baby’s sleeping area, try rolling up a small towel or folding a large towel in half and placing it under your baby’s mattress. Do take note that you don’t need to elevate your baby’s mattress too much. Adding too much elevation can actually be a health risk, so keep in mind that a small inclination will do.
The next thing you can do to make your bassinet a whole lot more comfortable is to add in some cozy sheets. Try to choose a velour blanket to help your baby fall asleep. I have found that velour blankets are the safest to use since they are very thin and they don’t come with suffocating plush or padding.
4 Tips You Must Try To Make Your Baby Sleep In The Bassinet
Now that you are well aware of how you can make your bassinet safe and comfortable for your baby, it’s now time to talk about how you can actually put that little angel to sleep.
Try these simple tips below, and I guarantee that after a couple of tries, you will have your baby sleeping in that bassinet in no time.
#Create A Routine
- Creating routines can make it sleepy time a whole lot easier for you and your baby. Consistent routines cue your baby that it’s almost time to sleep. I guess you can consider it as some form of subconscious programming.
- Before you put your baby to sleep in his bassinet, try giving him a bath, feeding him, dimming the lights down, or putting him on a fresh diaper.
#Do Not Let Your Baby Fall Asleep In Your Arms
- As I have mentioned before, the smallest noise or vibration can turn your little angel into a fussy baby really quick. Besides, letting your baby fall asleep in your arms will only create a sense of dependence. This means that if you let your baby fall asleep as you sway or rock him in your arms, he might end up always seeking your touch in order to fall asleep.
- Try to make your baby learn to fall asleep on his own in his bassinet by placing him inside it once he is completely drowsy.
#Swaddle Your Baby
- Another extra step you can take to make your baby feel more comfortable in his bassinet is to swaddle him up with a soft cotton fabric. Babies love being all snug when being put to sleep. Though your first instinct might be to use positioners, I highly suggest that you go with swaddling instead to avoid suffocation since your baby can easily bury his face in the positioner.
- To correctly swaddle your baby, use a soft cotton blanket and fold it diagonally to form a triangle shape. Gently swaddle your baby by using one corner of the triangle, hold it against your baby, and slowly wrap it snuggly around him.
#Let Your Baby Hear Your Voice
- Babies actually find little soothing noises to be more relaxing than complete silence. While your baby is drowsy and is already in his bassinet, try reading him a story, shushing him, or singing to him with a very gentle tone.
A Quick Recap
Putting a baby to sleep in his new bassinet is no easy feat. Since babies aren’t used yet to their new sleeping places outside the womb, resting in a bassinet can take you a lot of time and effort before you become successful at it every single time.
Just remember to keep your bassinet safe and comfortable to have an easy time putting your baby to sleep. Also, take note of the different things you can do such as creating routines or singing lullabies to help your baby relax in his new resting place.
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