If you have been co-sleeping with your baby, at some point or the other you may decide to shift your baby to a crib. However, since your baby will already be accustomed to sleeping in your bed, this may not be easy. Here are ways in which you can help to ease this transition for your baby:
- Let your baby sleep separately during the day: Start by introducing your baby to the crib during the day. Be around so that your presence reassures your child. As your baby gets used to being in the crib, begin leaving the room for brief periods. Gradually increase the time your baby is alone in the crib.
- Initially have the crib next to your bed: Even if you plan to eventually have the crib in a different room, start by placing it in your room next to your bed. Once your baby is accustomed to sleeping through the night, move the crib into the other room.
- Comfort your child to sleep: At least initially, stay around to reassure your child whenever you need to. Help your child fall asleep by singing or reading.
- Provide reassuring smells: While sleeping in your bed, your baby will have gotten used to your smell. Tuck along part of your bedding or a piece of clothing in the crib to make your child feel reassured.