When I found out I was pregnant, one of my biggest goals was to have Declan sleep in his crib from day one, as you can imagine that did not happen otherwise this post wouldn’t be called from rock and play to crib. When I was still at the hospital one night, Declan started to cough like if he was chocking. That freaked me out as you can imagine! So from day one he was sleeping in my bedroom in a rock and play. You got to love the rock and play until your baby doesn’t fit any longer and you have to put him in his crib.
The rock and play is so nice, tight and comfortable. Besides, it vibrates and rocks. If I could fit in one, I would probably love it too.
When Declan was about three months, I decided it was time to move him to his crib. I read several nightmares stories about how hard it is for a baby to make this transition. If you read my post on how I taught Declan to sleep at night instead of during the day, you know I like my sleep. Declan has been sleeping through the night since he was eight weeks and I was NOT about to ruin that.
So here are my best tips and tricks on how to transition your baby from the beloved rock and play to the evil crib:
- If your baby is sleeping on the rock and play in your bedroom, move the rock and play to his/her bedroom next to the crib and allow your baby to sleep there for a few days before moving him/her to the crib. We are going to try to make this transition as smoothly as possible.
- Pick a weekend or at least two days that you know you will be home the next day. Even though our goal is for the baby to sleep as long as he usually sleeps on the rock and play, you never know what your baby is going to do. And remember he is a baby trying to figure life out, and going from a familiar place to a different location can be very hard on them.
- I placed a blanket under the sheets making it in an oval shape. That will give your baby the tightness of the rock and play. Declan moves a lot when he sleeps, so that doesn’t let him go far.
- If you don’t use, start using a swaddle. Because Declan was not used to a swaddle and liked his arms to be free, I only swaddle his body and legs and allowed his arms to be out. When I first started trying to put him in his crib, I realized that if he woke up and started to cry he would move his legs a lot ( a movement that he did not have on the rock and play) and because of that he wasn’t able to put himself back to sleep. That is why the swaddle is so essential.
- Start with naps. Allow him to start learning with naps and if he wakes up in the middle of a nap try to comfort him and put him back in the crib until he gets used to his new sleeping location.
I hope this helps you! Let me know if you had any problems moving your baby from the rock and play to the crib and what are some of the tricks you used to make this transition.