For babies, sleep options these days seem infinite. Bassinets, cribs, swings, and co-sleepers come in all different shapes and sizes, so parents get the opportunity to pick what they like out of a wide variety. Many parents choose to have their newborns sleep in a bassinet, which can be a convenient option due to its size and mobility. But because growing babies need more space, it’s important to know when your baby is officially too big for the bassinet.
One of the first things to look for is the weight limit on your baby’s bassinet. Every manufacturer has a guideline on the appropriate weight your bassinet was built to handle. What To Expect explained that bassinets can usually accommodate babies between 10 and 20 pounds, but if your baby is heading past the 15-pound mark, it’s time to start transitioning to another sleeping arrangement.
According to Parents, by the age of 4 months, most babies are ready to move into a bigger sleeping space. When a baby is able to roll around or sit-up, the article suggested, it’s no longer safe for a baby to sleep in a bassinet, because they could easily tip it over or fall out. Another indication that your baby might be ready to move out of a bassinet is when they reduce their middle of the night feedings.
When you do feel the need to move your baby out of the bassinet, make sure to make their new sleeping space as safe as possible. The American Academy of Pediatrics suggested that the safest position for your baby to sleep is on their back on a firm surface until they turn 1, without any pillows, soft bedding, or toys around them, whether it’s in a crib, co-sleeper, or in your own bed.
As a parent, you’ll soon find out that babies outgrow their gear and gadgets quite quickly, and a bassinet is no different. Just keep an eye on your baby’s size, weight, and mobility, and you’ll know exactly when to graduate them to a more accommodating sleep space.