Baby swings are a lifesaver for parents, and many times, your little one is likely to fall asleep in them. While a short nap isn’t going to do a lot of damage every now and then, you shouldn’t let your newborn sleep in it all the time or overnight. Once he or she is asleep, it’s important to learn how to transition baby from swing to crib safely.
To help out, we will talk about how to wean your little one off of the motion of the swing. You’ll also learn about other methods to keep your baby content so that they have other options than constant movement.
How to Use the Swing Effectively
First, we should talk about why the swing is used and how to use it appropriately. Babies like motion, such as when you hold and bounce them or rock them in your arms. Doing so all the time is tricky, and baby swings are an ideal alternative.
If your baby won’t fall asleep without movement, the swing can give you a break. However, when your little one is out like a light, it’s best to move them to their bed. Some babies, though, can’t handle any type of change while sleeping.
Babies who always need movement might wake up if you try to pick them up out of the swing. It might be safer to let them be and rest while providing constant supervision.
Most babies outgrow their swing by six months old, so parents are usually in a pinch to transition them to a crib. Instead of waiting until your little one is too big, you should focus on getting them to sleep in their bed by the time they are two or three months old.
How to Transition Baby from Swing to Crib
If your baby gets accustomed to falling asleep in a swing, it’s likely they will need the confined space and constant movement every time. Of course, these products work so well at calming your little one because they duplicate the uterus environment so well.
To start with, you should eliminate your baby’s dependence on constant movement by letting them fall asleep with the swing on. When your little one is asleep, shut off the device. If she wakes up and starts crying, turn it back on and try setting the speed lower.
Continue by leaving the swing on but using it less. Your baby will soon get accustomed to not having the motion. It’s also a good idea to put the device in the room with the crib; that way, she gets accustomed to her new sleeping environment.
Swaddle Your Infant
If your baby doesn’t want to stop swinging, but they’re getting too big for the swing, you might want to try wrapping your little one in a large blanket. Swaddling can help keep your child calm and sleep more deeply and longer. Primarily, it also replicates the womb-like environment your infant is used to having.
The goal here is to wrap your baby as tightly as possible. Make sure the baby's arms are by their sides, and they can’t escape from the swaddling. If you’re worried about it being too tight, you might want to purchase a commercial swaddling product.
Once your infant is swaddled, put them in the crib. You might need to rub or pat their back to get them to calm down and relaxed enough to go to sleep.
Establish Sleep Times
It is essential that your baby has an established sleep pattern early on. Traditionally, newborns sleep most of the time. As they get older, babies play more, so it is best to learn when they generally get tired and put them in their crib for a rest.
If possible, you might also consider lying down with your infant to establish the concept of bedtime or nap time. They will know that you’re tired, so they are more willing to go down for a nap, too.
For bedtime, it might be best to establish a routine that starts with a bath and getting dressed, cuddles, stories, and rocking. That way, your baby starts relaxing and getting sleepy. Then, put them in the crib and consider patting their back or swaddling them.
Create a Sleeping Environment
Make sure you focus on where your baby is going to sleep to maximize the chance of having a smooth transition to the crib. The room should be dark; it might be best to invest in some black-out curtains. You can also try white noise from a fan or use recorded sounds like a vacuum or waterfall.
It’s also important to have a constant temperature. Most babies like it to be about 70 degrees Fahrenheit, which is optimal for sleeping.
You know how beneficial a swing can be to help your little one doze off, but it doesn’t work so well when they get bigger. It’s best to start weaning babies early and get them to sleep in their crib as soon as you can. That way, they don’t get too big for the swing and still feel uncomfortable with their bed.
You’ve learned how to transition baby from swing to crib, and have learned a few tips, as well. Now, it’s time to put them into practice. It’s likely to take time, so be patient with yourself and your little one.