Post # 1
I’ve been planning on having my newborn girl sleep in a crib as soon as she’s born. (No bassinet or co-sleeper or anything.) But then at a recent midwife appointment, I mentioned my husband was building the crib, and she said “oh wells she won’t be sleeping in there for a while.” I am an idiot and did not follow up on that comment. So now I’m wondering — is it bad to have a newborn baby in a crib? Should we get a bassinet? Thanks for your thoughts.
Post # 3
It is not bad to have start sleeping in a crib right away; however, it is much easier to look after her at first, if you have a bassinet. Bassinets can be rolled from room to room, so that you can keep her close to you. When I had my children, I had them sleep in a bassinet next to my bed at night, so if they cried, I would be able to tend to them right away. Also, the smallness of the bassinet makes the baby feel safer because there is not so much room for them to get lost in.
Post # 4
Warren has been in his crib since day 1. It’s really personal preference.
Post # 5
I think it’s all personal preference on where they sleep. However, I know some babies want a smaller/more enclosed area to sleep in at first, like a bassinet, cradle, Moses basket, etc… Most babies are fine with a big crib by 2-3 months, if they’re not ready for it in the beginning.
I’ll also say that I surprised myself; I planned on Addie sleeping in her co-sleeper from the beginning, but I was surprised that when I brought her home, I really wanted her as close to me as possible. Not just for convenience’s sake, but also just because I needed to be physically close to her all the time. So she still slept in her co-sleeper, but she was always cuddled right up to me, with my arms around her. I couldn’t sleep any other way in the beginning. Just something to think about. Your baby might be fine sleeping in the crib, but you might want that little one closer.
Post # 6
This is all great to know. thanks hive!
Post # 7
My kids slept in the crib in their own room from day one.
You really don’t need to drag them from room to room with you.
If you are a nervous Mom you can always use a baby monitor so you can hear them when they wake up. I used to take the receiver out to the pool with me at our old house.
Babies who don’t settle can always be swaddled with a receiving blanket.They don’t seem to be used as much now as they used to be.
Post # 8
Hahaha, my son slept right next to my bed in a laundry basket I padded with towels and blankets for the first month. Then I switched him to his crib in his own room. My daughters were in a bassinet for the first couple of months before I put them in their cribs. It was a lot easier to have them close by for late-night feedings and diaper changes, plus I managed to convince myself they would be too lonely in their cribs.
Post # 9
I’m planning on keeping Baby Smush-Face in a bassinet by our bed simply for convenience.
I figure for the first month or so I’ll be getting up so often I don’t want to have to walk back and forth to his room (and get even less sleep). I want to give him some time to adjust and get into more of a routine before leaving him alone. BUT I don’t want him to get too used to it so I definitely plan on moving him to a crib before it becomes a “habit”. I’m not a fan of kids or dogs in the bed with me and my husband – it’s the only time we get alone.
Post # 10
@julies1949: I was suprised at how tight my SIL swaddled my niece with a recieving blanket while she was still sleeping on her back, but she always slept longer when she was swaddled tight. She couldn’t make any sudden movements and wake herself up!
Post # 11
I have a cradle next to my bed for the first few months and then will move to a crib. I don’t think there is a right or wrong way to do it though. I think I’m just doing it because my mom told me to. lol.
Post # 12
@AudzinLuv: I love the laundry basket. That totally sounds like something my mom would do 🙂
@camrie: Everytime you talk about “baby smush-face” I crack up. I love it lol
Post # 13
OMG @AudzinLuv: I have been using the laundry basket with my newborn and I recommend it to everyone now. As it is clearly much cheaper and more useful in the long run than a bassinet…Plus Kayla loves it!
To the OP, it really is a preference, maybe for you and maybe for your baby as he/she may like to sleep in the crib and may really hate it.
My 7 week old is still in the laundry basket in the pack n play next to our bed since we are in the midst of moving and still don’t quite have a place to call “home” quite yet… sigh.
Post # 14
Our son slept in his crip in our bedroom upstairs at night and during the day he slept in the pack n play downstairs, at 6 months we moved and he got his own room 🙂 was happy about that but also very nervous as he was on the other side of the house then, I had the baby monitor turned up so loud I could hear him breathing lol
Post # 15
I plan on getting the convertible co sleeper to go by our bed for the first few months (can be taken with us when we go out of town, and coverts to a play yard/ sleeper for an older baby) its priced at $170, i wont feel so bad if i can get some wear out of it.
Post # 16
I put my baby girl in her bed right away, although I can see the convience of a bassinet. I just didnt have room for one.