We’re sharing our top safe sleep tips and routines to help baby sleep, from bassinet to crib. After four kids, we’ve found a few practices that help to get kids to sleep and give us as parents peace of mind, spilling it all in this post in partnership with HALO.
Sleeping through the night can feel like such a challenge at times, for both mama and baby. It’s like the Pièce De Résistance of motherhood. Though it can be a mystery to find the right rhythm and routine to create good sleep habits, it’s not impossible.
We’re actually getting through a really long week in the sleep department, as one of my littles got sick on the night of my birthday, and three days later, he’s just now getting better. How does the sleep part come into play? Well, mama’s bed is always the most comfortable right?! Consequently, that’s where he’s been spending his restless nights, meaning the same for me. Thankfully Aria has been successfully sleeping in her crib as of late, and I’m happy to have a safe, secure and cozy little place for my babe to sleep at night.
I don’t know that we’ll ever figure out the perfect cure for those random sleepless nights (I mean, hello past three nights with a four year old in and out of my bed), but with four kids, we’ve tried just about every tip and trick and there are definitely some routines that encourage good sleep habits for our little ones, along with some practices for keeping our babes sleeping safely through the night. With our littlest transitioning from the bassinet that was in our room to the crib that’s now in the girl’s new room (YAY!), I’ve been more vigilant than ever about a good night routine and safe sleep habits, especially since she’s so much further away from me.
SAFE SLEEP PRACTICES for baby from bassinet to crib
Give yourself peace of mind. When laying your infant down in her new crib, you need to make sure it’s a safe place for her to sleep. This is what you need to check out before using a crib:
- Always place baby to sleep on his or her back.
- Use a crib that meets current safety standards with a firm mattress that fits snugly and is covered with only a tight-fitting crib sheet.
- Your babe’s sleep area should be clear of all loose blankets, bumpers, pillows or toys in or on the crib. The American Academy of Pediatrics suggests using a wearable blanket to keep your baby warm.
- Decorate the nursery, not the crib, to eliminate suffocation risks. Bare is best, just a mattress, sheet and your baby… which is why a great swaddle blanket or wearable blanket like the HALO SleepSack is so great! It keeps your little one wrapped up through the night, while still keeping it simple for mom and dad to change.
- Remove strangulation hazards: Ensure nothing is hanging above or near the bed that could fall and injure baby, such as a loose mobile or baby monitor and avoid having blind or drapery cords within reach.
- Cribs older than 10 years may not meet the most recent safety standards. Cribs made before 1978 could have a finish containing lead, so a multi-generation crib might not be a safe choice, or at least give it a close look and possible overhaul before using.
SLEEPY NIGHT ROUTINE TIPS for babies and kids
- Curtains – Keeping the room dark has always helped my littles calm down for sleep. Though it’s usually recommended to keep it light for naptime, my kids have always slept better when it’s dark no matter the time of day or night, and blackout curtains are the best way to insure it happens. Thankfully there are some cute blackout curtains available now, so you don’t have to sacrifice style for functionality!
- Sounds – Right from the beginning, we determined to not tiptoe our way through naps or evenings. What has always helped (all of us!!) sleep so much better through the night are fans and/or noise machines! I don’t always like the look of a large box fan in a room, but seriously, everyone sleeps so much longer with that white noise rumbling in the background. We keep the fans and sounds going to drown outside noises and lull my kiddos right to sleep. And as we’ve transitioned Aria to the crib, the HALO SnoozyPod has been an amazing help in the lull department! With the selection of sounds to choose from and the option to keep the sound continuous, she’s soothed all through the night. Another feature I’m loving is the vibration. As soon as I lay her down (awake but drowsy), I turn on her favorite sound and the vibration, she gives me a little nod and within minutes she’s out!
- Soothers – Aria has been our only wee one to take to a pacifier. After three others that didn’t want anything to do with one, I’m surprisingly relieved that she takes to one… we’ll see if my opinion changes later on when we want to break the habit, but for right now, I don’t mind her being soothed by something she loves and keeping her pacifier close at night is a great help in her sleep pattern.
- Diffusers – We’ve long been essential oil users, although weeks like this past week, I realize I’ve been slacking in that department. Using a cold-air diffuser works wonders, especially when there seems to be more restlessness, stuffy noses, fevers, coughs and even headaches. We usually keep one in each bedroom for a nurturing night sleep.
- Routines – If you don’t have a consistent bedtime routine yet, it’s never too late to establish one. Though it usually takes at least a couple of weeks for my kids to adjust to a new evening routine and sleep schedule, the do learn that after bedtime routine, it’s time to sleep! It can be simple, like reading a book or singing lullabies or more robust, such as taking a bath, giving massage, story telling, or whatever it is that works for your family. We’ve found that with four, it’s best to keep it fairly simple, or the evening routine can tend to last all night! Right now we are in that phase of switching from the summer routine to back-to-school schedules and we’re totally feeling that adjustment period. Anyone with me?!
Now that we’re going through this phase of transitioning our babe from bassinet to crib, and even more so, from our room to another room in our new house, we’ve got a few more practices that have been helping up make the whole thing easier on us all. Making the switch from bassinet to crib doesn’t need to be miserable, though it does take some finesse!
TRANSITIONING BABY from bassinet to sleeping in a crib
- Continue to follow your bedtime routine.
- Begin laying baby down in the crib at naptime; this makes it a familiar place at night. Practice makes perfect!
- Let mommy sleep with a washed crib sheet or wearable blanket for a night before using it for baby – it carries your smell which is comforting for baby.
- If you can, begin using the crib early on, even if it’s just for naptime, so baby grows used to it. The older your baby gets, the more challenging it will be to change things up.
We’ve been trying out the HALO SnoozyPod™ lately to help with the transition from bassinet to crib, and I’ve put together a little video review! This vibrating, all-in-one soother is the first device to combine soothing sounds and an amber glow night light with gentle vibration to lull our babes to sleep, and it can grow with them too as it fits cribs, toddler and twin beds. Plus, I get a little more peace of mind knowing that I can use an app on my phone to check on the sounds and status of the SnoozyPod, without having to even walk in the room (and wake up my sleeping babe). Check out my video review below.
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Thank you to HALO Sleep for providing me with the HALO SnoozyPod and SleepSack. As always, all opinions are my own.