AT WHAT AGE SHOULD A BABY STOP SLEEPING ON A BASSINET?
Although there’s no specific forced age at which babies should sleep on a bassinet, some factors like weight and size of the baby will also determine how long a baby sleeps in a bassinet.
Bassinets are meant to be used for newborns from birth all the way to anytime between 3months to 6 months approximately, though some babies will sleep in a bassinet even at 7 months.
It all goes down to whether your baby is comfortable and sleeps soundly in the bassinet, whether the baby’s weight can be accommodated by the bassinet and whether the baby still fits in terms of his/her height.
Another important factor to consider is whether your baby has reached the mobile stage where they can use their limbs to move or even crawl or push up. Once a baby has become of this age, immediately stop putting your baby on the bassinet to sleep as this might pos a risk of them falling off the bassinet. This means the baby now needs to transition to a crib, they’ve overgrown the bassinet stage.
It’s not necessary that a child overgrows the bassinet to be transitioned to another sleeper. If as parents, you feel that its time for your child to sleep train, if she/he can now sleep on their own and you won’t mind having your baby on a crib, you can still do away with the bassinet, regardless of the age.
SLEEPING SAFETY MEASURES FOR BABIES
- Position the baby in the bassinet by their backs never facing down or on their sides. They are safer from chocking and breath better in that position.
- Make sure not to overload the bassinet with heavy bedding which may cover up the child preventing them from breathing.
- Ensure all bedding plus the bassinet mattress are breathable
- Make sure the mattress fits perfectly in the bassinet with no unnecessary spaces left on the sides where the baby’s body parts can get stuck or where the baby can roll over in and have difficulty breathing.
- Make sure to lock the wheels of the basinet when the baby is sleeping for added safety, to ensure that the bassinet remains in one position and doesn’t move on its own which may be risky.
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