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Transitioning Into the Crib

By EmilyBMalone |

I'm addicted to my video monitor!

When I hit 20 weeks pregnant, I suddenly felt this surge of needing to get all of our baby things and nursery furniture as soon as possible.  Once I was at the halfway point, it felt like my pregnancy would just breeze by from there!  Boy was I wrong.

Regardless, I spent my summer researching, shopping, and eventually ordering beautiful nursery furniture that I couldn’t wait to use.  My crib arrived within a week of ordering it, and has been assembled in the nursery since July.  All that time, waiting for him to arrive, I’d sit in the nursery while I talked on the phone, I’d fold all his little clothes, and I would simply love spending time in there.

He finally joined us in October, we brought him home to the house I had been preparing for him for so long.  I talked a big talk about how I was going to put him in his crib on day one, since I wouldn’t be one of those moms who had to have her baby next to her at all times.  And as our first night at home came to an end and it was time to sleep, I announced to my husband that we needed to assemble the Pack N Play.  My baby was most definitely sleeping right next to me.

It has been almost 12 weeks since Cullen came home, and he has spent every night beside me in his portable crib.  His naps during the day are on his Boppy pillow or in his swing, and the only time he has spent in his crib has been for pajama changes and occasional tummy time.

That changed today.

I knew that we needed to get him into a more structured napping routine, and his crib made the most logical sense.  Not to mention, I’m having a hard time finding ways to get things done around the house when my sleeping infant is on a pillow.  Doesn’t exactly make it easy to run upstairs to fold laundry, or let the dogs out in the backyard.

Last night, I got our monitor hooked up and ready to go, and I was ready to get started once nap times began.  Since Cullen isn’t used to sleeping flat on his back for naps, I knew this would take a little convincing.  For his first nap, I placed his Boppy pillow IN the crib – the familiar inside the unfamiliar.  I wasn’t worried about leaving him in the pillow since he’s not able to roll out of it just yet, and even with the small chance that he did, the crib is soft and safe.  He went down for his nap pretty easily and stayed asleep for close to 40 minutes!  When he woke up, rather than crying, he kicked his legs and cooed at the cute mobile I hung last week.  He seemed pretty happy!

For nap number two, I waited until I could tell he was reaaaaally tired and most likely wouldn’t go down with much of a fight.  I put him on his back in the crib, gave him his pacifier, and put his favorite blanket on top of him.  In the past, he has loved having a blanket on him while he naps in the swing, but I didn’t feel comfortable leaving him with a blanket in the crib (due to SIDS risks).  I waited until he fell asleep (surprisingly easily), I slowly unwrapped the blanket from his little hands, and I snuck out of the room.  Another solid nap done!  I felt so much more productive than usual for his naptimes since I didn’t need to worry about not leaving the room or making too much noise – what a change!

And now we are on nap number three – no pillows, no blankets.  Just an adorable little peanut sleeping peacefully in my video monitor.  Tonight will be our first night trying him out in the crib overnight.  I’m a little nervous, but also hopeful that we will all start getting a little more sleep soon.  I know we could all use it!

How long did you wait before moving your little one into the crib?



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16 thoughts on “Transitioning Into the Crib

  1. Katie @ Pop Culture Cuisine says:

    Although our lil’ girl (just about 4 months) has slept in her crib every night from about 2 weeks on, for some reason during the day she would boycott in hardcore. I finally got so used to her taking such great naps in her swing that I was pretty petrified about transitioning her thinking it was going to be a pretty awful task. Well I knew that this week needed to the be the week since I will be going back to work for a couple of days a week soon and she will need to be able to nap elsewhere besides a swing so I decided to just go for it today. Over the weekend we moved her swing into her room so at least she would get used to that during the day and over the past few days I have been slowing it down so she isn’t used to the movement. Today I just decided to go for it and to be honest it really wasn’t all that bad. Her naps weren’t near as long, but she also didn’t wake up after just 20 minutes like I was expecting, so I’m thinking after a week or so it will be old hat. It is just funny to me how quickly they transition and I really think those changes are way more scary and daunting for us than they are for them!

  2. Noelle says:

    My 9 week old has started napping in her crib this week . 12 naps in 3 days! :-)

  3. Jessica says:

    We started our kids in the crib for bedtime from day one. But my 8 moth old still naps in the swing (blush). She just seems to sleep more soundly in there and she still fits, so I hate to ruin a good thing.
    Good luck!

  4. Sejal M says:

    My daughter ( second child) is one day younger than Cullen! We moved her to her crib and room last week. Naps and bedtime. It’s 10 pm and she’s been asleep in there fir 2 hours! Good luck!

  5. Suzanne says:

    You can do it! That monitor is GOLD and gives me so much peace at night. I regularly fall asleep watching my son in the monitor.

  6. JB says:

    I moved my first baby in the crib around 3 months. It took him about a week to adjust to it.
    With my last one we ended up moving the crib into our room (because he WOULD NOT sleep in the bassinet). At six months we moved the crib into the hallway and at 10 1/2 months (when he was finally sleeping through the night), we moved the crib into his brother’s room.

  7. Katie KS says:

    Both kids moved to cribs at bedtime at 7 weeks. As for naps … my 4 month old is a horrible napper. He will sleep 9:30-9:30 at night with one feeding at 5:30 (that I usually have to wake him for – we’re changing up the schedule this weekend as we start cereal) with no problem. But he does not like to nap. He sometimes sleeps in his crib but often in the bjorn, bouncer, swing or floor. Or on the shoulders of his grandparents. Bad habit I am trying to get them to STOP! Anyway, since I am back at work, it’s up to his grandparents to deal with the naps 5 out of 7 days … Hopefully they will get something to work soon!

  8. Kelly says:

    My daughter’s been in her crib since she was 2 weeks old. I started her out napping in there just like you.. just to try it out and make sure I wouldn’t freak out leaving her alone. It was sooooo nice. Sleeping with her in our room made me worry all night that she stopped breathing. We have the angel movement monitor on her crib, so I don’t worry at all about that anymore. It rocks :)

  9. Sara says:

    My baby is 4.5 months and is still sleeping with us. I hate it but it’s the only way she’ll sleep for now and she’s still waking very frequently. Her crib is all beautiful and ready for her but she just refuses to sleep in it!

  10. Paulina says:

    We’ve been transitioning our 3 month old into her crib for naptime for the past 2 weeks. She started daycare full time right after Christmas, so she had to start napping in a crib rather than in a swing or in my arms. Her daycare teacher had some great tricks, we started putting her into the crib swaddled, after she had fallen asleep and after a couple days, she has been sleeping peacefully for her two naps a day. I was ready to put her in the crib all night but then she got a cold and has been waking up several times a night again. Isn’t it funny how when we’re pregnant, the nursery has to be complete NOW when really, most of the furniture goes unused for at least a couple months?

  11. Fannie@ribigadventure says:

    I started transitioning my baby girl to sleep in her pack-n-play around 3 months. And by 4 months we were all ready for her to sleep in her crib. It was great to have my bedroom back for just me and my husband. When she has been sick, she comes right back into our room and sleeps in her swing. I never slept well with my baby in our bed. And my baby girl is one of those babies that doesn’t like to sleep while being held. “Sleep Training” (aka – sleep by herself, in her crib) was a non issue. And now she sleeps 12 hours a night and it’s a beautiful thing for everyone :)

  12. Amanda Perry @ Sistas of Strength says:

    I think we transitioned around 7 to 8 weeks. I think it was good for everyone involved bc he started sleeping better and so did we. Thank God for video monitors though. My baby is 7.5 months now and I still check it when I wake up in the middle of the night!

  13. Kristyn says:

    We slept with our little guy in our room until he was 4 months old out of necessity (we were living with my parents in a tiny shoebox of a room… shudder). It was a snap to transition him — we’d let him hang out in there for tummy time and naps, and then just did our usual bedtime routine and put him down for the night. No fuss. After I got used to it, it was so great to have my noisy sleeper in another room so I didn’t hear his little noises all night!

  14. Brittany (Healthy Slice of Life) says:

    We started around 3 months. I cried my eyes out that first night, but then she slept for 11 hours and I realized that we all slept better in our own rooms. It was also nice not to have to tip toe into our bed at night so we wouldn’t wake her. Now I look forward to skipping up the stairs and seeing her smiling face every morning!

  15. Annalisa says:

    Man, I read these comments and it’s encouraging to put the baby in the crib BUT I love co-sleeping. LOVE IT. I have a hard time thinking about leaving my 8 month old in her room but I sometimes wonder if we’d be up less (we’re “up” – i.e. boob in mouth for 2 mins, back to sleep) than 3 or 4 times a night. Our pediatrician said not to worry about night sleep until 12 months so until then, I’ll keep trucking along. My husband and I both dig the family bed for now (since it’ll be over in a few short years). Bravo to making the crib transition!

  16. Brenda says:

    Our son has slept in his crib since our first night at home. Living in a small, one story house, he’s just a dozen steps from our room. I’ll be honest though, I worried about him like crazy that first night! Now at 12 weeks, I don’t give it a second thought; I know he’ll be okay and if he’s not, he’ll let me know over the monitor.

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