So, the time has come for your baby to move from your bed into their cot.
This transition can be difficult for both mom and baby but have no fear we
have one or two ways to make it easier.
Babies are very adaptable and, once a stable routine is in place, your bundle
of joy will feel safe and comfortable in their own space. You can try one of
these two approaches recommended by The Pediatric Sleep Council.
The First Approach:
After your bedtime routine, you simply put your baby down in their crib and leave them
in the room. You can return to check on your baby as often as you would like. Give your
baby constant verbal reassurance.
Reassurance is a great way to make them feel safer in this new environment. Saying
things like “goodnight, I love you.” is one of the ways you can verbally reassure them.
Do this constantly until they have fallen asleep. Remember, your baby may cry or be
resistant to this change for a good few weeks at first. Also, sometimes the second night
is more difficult than the first but, it will get better if you stick to the routine and have patience.
The Second Approach:
This option is a slower way to ease your baby into sleeping alone. Instead of placing
your baby in their cot straight away, begin with small changes to their bedtime routine
each night. For example, instead of holding your little one when you put them to sleep,
go ahead and lay them down in their crib. Pat them on the back until they fall asleep and
do this for several nights to follow.
This will decrease the amount your baby needs you to fall asleep. Each night, make another
adjustment to your routine until, finally, your baby doesn’t need you right there to fall asleep.
This will take consistency and practice, but you can do it!
Remember when it comes to anything baby related that all kids are different. They learn,
adjust and pick up habits at different rates. Don’t feel discouraged if your mini-me takes
a bit longer to fall into the new routine than other babies their age.
Lastly, if your baby wakes up during the night, do what you normally would to get them
back to sleep as quickly as possible. Remember to ensure that your baby is monitored
throughout the night to ensure that they do not roll out of a cot with no railing.