Newborn babies are light sleepers, and making their bassinets more comfortable is a concern many parents face.
We can confidently tell you to let go of your worries! We wrote this article to address that specific concern.
We’ll be giving you our tried and tested tricks to make your baby’s bassinet more comfortable. We’ll even explore some tips to keep your baby’s bed safe!
How Can I Make My Baby More Comfortable in a Bassinet?
We’ll just dive straight in and show you what we’ve learned throughout our experiences as parents.
They’ve all worked for us, and we hope this helps you make your baby’s bassinet more comfortable!
1.) Make Sure the Baby Bassinet Is Close to Your Bed
There are multiple reasons for having your babies sleep in a bassinet close to your bed. We’ll take you through them one by one.
These may be exactly what your baby needs to help them sleep soundly for a good night’s sleep.
Keeping Your Baby Comfortable Will Be Simpler
This is the biggest benefit of keeping the bassinet close to your bed. If you’re wondering how it works, here’s a quick explanation.
A bassinet is meant to provide your newborn with comfort and warmth to help them sleep.
However, the only thing it lacks is your loving touch as a parent.
Them feeling your warmth and having your scent around them helps keep babies comfortable when they sleep in the bassinet. It helps your baby fall asleep faster and lets your baby sleep longer!
You Keep Your Baby Within Arm’s Reach
Secondly, keeping the bassinet close while your baby sleeps is convenient. Soothing them back to sleep and feeding them throughout the night will be less of a hassle since you don’t have to leave your bed!
It’s as simple as keeping the bassinet close to your bed and making its height match your bed’s height!
You Can Easily Monitor Your Baby
What we mean by this is it’s easier to keep your baby safe. Sleeping in the same room and keeping them close makes it easier to stay alert, especially if you have a fussy baby!
You’ll be able to pick up on any little sound or movement.
Responding to whatever’s bothering your little one and providing what they need will be even quicker!
Alternative: Choose a Co-Sleeping Bassinet
We’ve mentioned that your baby loves feeling your warmth, and having your scent around them helps babies sleep peacefully.
If you want to get your baby to sleep next to you, a co-sleeper bassinet allows you to safely do so.
You can have it beside you on your bed and help your baby feel more comfortable!
Preventing SIDS: Some Safety Warnings
Sleeping close to your child helps to prevent them from having any trouble sleeping. However, the sleeping environment also plays a part in Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS).
To prevent that, here are some safety warnings:
- Don’t share your bed with your newborn. This can increase the risk of SIDS!
- Co-sleeping isn’t for everyone. New parents need to be aware of this, especially if they move a lot while they sleep. Don’t risk harming your child while you co-sleep!
2.) Make Your Baby’s Bassinet Smell Like You
Did you know that newborn babies can recognize their parents’ smell within a few days? One more thing, it’s not only your smell they recognize, but also the smell of their mothers’ breast milk!
Example: This is demonstrated in a study that evaluated how a baby’s head turns to locate food using a breast pad. It showed babies prefer a pad worn by their lactating mothers instead of a pad worn by a different mother.
We’ve also mentioned that your smell helps your newborn fall asleep quicker and gets your baby to sleep longer. This is the main logic behind making the bassinet smell like you!
We’ll show you a couple of simple ways to do that below.
Sleep With the Bassinet Sheets
Pretty easy, right? All you have to do is remove the sheets from the bassinet mattress, sleep with it between your chin and neck, then it will soak up the scent your baby likes!
You Can Also Do This With Your Baby’s Clothes or Swaddling Blankets
Keeping other items on you, which your child sleeps with, also helps them adjust to their bassinet. You can do it with their clothes and, if you swaddle your baby, you can also do it with a swaddling blanket!
3.) Adjust the Room to the Perfect Temperature Your Baby Prefers
This is a simple trick to help your child feel more comfortable in their bassinet. It can only be a matter of them feeling a bit of discomfort because of the room’s temperature!
Just the right amount of warmth and cold would usually be between 68° and 72°F (20° to 22.2°C). Once you hit it, your baby will be able to sleep more peacefully at night!
4.) Make Sure to Keep the Room Dark
Babies can only see light and shadows for the first few months of their lives. Not only that, newborn babies are also VERY light sleepers.
This is why providing your baby with a dark room is super important.
It helps them develop an understanding that when it’s dark, it’s time to go to sleep.
It also works vice versa when it’s light! A bit of brightness means it’s time for your baby to be awake!
5.) Swaddle Your Baby
Did you know that swaddling your baby helps babies feel safe and secure?
This lowers your baby’s startle reflex, makes falling asleep in their bassinet so much easier, and helps them rest comfortably.
After being used to their mother’s womb, this also helps many babies adjust to a larger sleeping space!
This is an option you should strongly contemplate, especially if your baby isn’t rolling over yet. Getting your baby to sleep will be quicker; they’ll also get some high-quality shut-eye!
Swaddling Tip: Having a fussy baby can make it a bit tricky. Consider getting swaddling blankets with a zipper or Velcro to keep your baby snugly wrapped!
6.) Sing or Play Lullabies Until Your Baby Falls Asleep
Once babies develop their sense of hearing, they can already process the sounds around them. It starts as early as while being in their mother’s womb!
This is why your baby can be stimulated by music, even before being born. Not only that, but forming a connection with music early also helps comfort babies and calm them down!
Parents are even encouraged to talk to their babies while still in the womb. This allows babies to adjust to their parent’s voices and helps them bond with each other. It also makes it easier to soothe them!
Before moving on, though, we’ll give you a bit of a precaution about singing or playing music to help your child fall asleep.
Stop Singing or Playing Music Before Your Child Falls Asleep
You’re probably wondering why this is a precaution you need to take. The answer is simple.
You risk developing a habit if you keep singing or playing music until your little one’s asleep. They’ll be expecting to hear that soothing lullaby once they wake up!
However, if you practice turning it off, you’ll establish a routine at night your baby will recognize. The same time that music turns off, your child will see it as a cue that it’s time to sleep.
7.) Your Baby Should Be Awake Before Placing Them in a Bassinet
You might think it’s counterintuitive to place your baby in their bassinet while they’re still awake. We’ll clarify this quickly.
What we mean by this is to get your baby into a sleepy state FIRST, then place them into the bassinet. Soothing them to a state of sleepiness beforehand is key!
What’s the reasoning for it, though?
Doing so actually helps your baby learn to fall asleep on their own. It can even reduce the possibility of your little one developing sleep associations!
Just follow these tips and things should go well:
- Let your baby adjust to their cozy place after placing them in the bassinet.
- If they start crying, calm them down while they’re lying down. You can give them a gentle rub.
- Once quiet, just watch over your baby until they’re asleep!
8.) Avoid Using a Mattress Pad
This is more of a safety tip. Providing your baby with a softer bassinet mattress may be an automatic thought, but we advise you to avoid it.
For the sake of your baby’s health and safety, it’s better to let them sleep on a firm and flat surface.
This applies especially during your baby’s first year of life!
A firm mattress prevents any indenting when your baby is placed in their bassinet. Any indenting can obstruct your baby’s airway if they happen to roll over or turn their head!
9.) Consider Getting a High-End Bassinet
We’ve been talking about how to get your baby to sleep more comfortably in a bassinet. One way to avoid having to make extra considerations is getting a premium, organic bassinet.
That’s because a model that offers more features is always better for your overtired baby. Not only will it be more comfortable, but it will also be safer!
Different high-end bassinets can offer you the following features:
- Automatic rocking to help soothe your baby
- Cry detection technology that triggers comfort features
- White noise to help keep your baby calm
- Vibration to help comfort your child
- Wheels to make it easy to move from one room to another
- Some even include music players
These types of baby gear provide you with additional features most bassinets may not have. They also let you rest easy since getting your baby to sleep comfortably will never be an issue!
Is a Bassinet Comfortable for a Newborn Baby?
Yes, it is a comfortable place for your newborn to sleep. A baby bassinet is designed to provide ultimate comfort and safety for your little one!
In fact, here are a few tips so your bassinet will be the best place to let your newborn sleep:
- Make sure it’s free of everything except your newborn. Even a pillow, thick quilts, some soft toys, and bumper pads aren’t allowed!
- Ensure that the mattress is firm!
- Use a tightly-fitted sheet AT ALL TIMES!
Can a Newborn Sleep in a Bassinet?
Yes, of course! A bassinet is, in fact, perfect for a newborn.
Actually, it’s meant to be a place for your baby to sleep until they’re up to 6 months old. Besides that, it’s easily transportable, and bassinets are tightly regulated!
To be sure, however, check that the baby sleep product you’re considering meets Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) standards and requirements!
According to the CPSC, makers must certify their bassinet with a Children’s Product Certificate (CPC). This CPC proves that their bassinet complies with CPSC regulations and has been tested for safe sleep!
Here’s a quick look at the strict standards bassinets must meet for safe sleep:
- Enclosed openings should be fabric-sided to prevent suffocation hazards or entrapment.
- There should be paint and surface coating limitations, which also applies to the lead the product can contain.
- They should meet fundamental safety requirements for factors such as:
- Protection against suffocation
- Product stability
- The presence or absence of small parts
- Scissoring, pinching, and shearing
- Unintentional folding
- Side height
- Sharp edges
- Dictated minimum heights
- There should be NO entrapment hazards
- Other safety features and warnings
When Should I Stop Using the Bassinet?
There are three main points you should keep in mind which serve as clues to stop using a bassinet.
1.) Use a Bassinet Only During Your Baby’s First Few Months!
The main thing to remember is that bassinets are only intended to be used for the first few months of your baby’s life. That would typically be 4 to 6 months.
Any period beyond that becomes unsafe for your baby! Once you reach the end of these few months, it’s time to move your baby to a crib!
2.) Once Your Baby Can Roll Over, Move Them to a Crib!
A sure sign for you to stop using a bassinet is when your baby can rollover.
Once this happens, staying in a bassinet is no longer safe!
3.) Bassinets Have Weight Limits!
Bassinets typically have weight limits ranging between 10 to 20 pounds.
Once your baby reaches a certain size and weight, it’s time to switch!
Pro Tip: For new parents, you can expect your bassinet to be only good for an average of 3 to 4 months!
Frequently Asked Questions
In this section, we’ll answer any questions you possibly have leftover. Hopefully, we were able to cover them all!
Why Does My Baby Cry When I Put Them in the Bassinet or Crib?
Firstly, we’ll alleviate your worries about why your baby cries when you put them in the bassinet. Many parents find it stressful, but you should know that it’s perfectly normal behavior!
How is that normal?
The reason is pretty simple. Human babies are in utero for nine months before being born.
Once they’re out, think of it as them being in the fourth trimester. It’s during this period that babies actually need to be held.
So as soon as you let go of them or put them down, it’s a pretty sure thing that they will cry!
Can I Put Blankets in Bassinet?
To put it bluntly, it is strongly recommended to NOT have blankets in your baby’s bassinet!
Anything that could possibly cover your infant’s mouth or nose while they get some shut-eye can lead to suffocation!
It’s quite risky, in fact, that the American Association of Pediatrics (AAP) issued safe sleep guidelines for infants. These guidelines cover practices to ensure a safe sleeping environment for your baby!
Can I Put a Blanket Under My Baby in the Bassinet?
As previously mentioned, even putting a blanket under your baby in their bassinet is a no-no. In fact, you should NEVER place anything soft in your baby’s crib!
Here’s a shortlist of items that could make your baby’s sleeping space quite risky:
- Stuffed animals
- Bumper pads attached to your baby’s crib
As you know, these items are no longer recommended to be placed in your baby’s bassinet since they increase the risk of suffocation. So it’s best to consider some alternatives.
What can we use instead of blankets or pillows?
We recommend you try finding a wearable baby blanket. If you can’t find one, a long-sleeve sleeper onesie is another great option!
Can a Baby Suffocate on the Side of a Bassinet?
The sad answer to that is, yes, these cases may happen. However, the largest contributing factor for this to occur is sleep positioning!
In a study published by the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI), some cases of infant deaths noted specific modes for asphyxiation:
- It stated that the “child’s face wedged into a depression formed by the mattress and the edge of the bassinet wall.”
- Another mode mentioned was that the “child’s head became entangled in a plastic garbage bag.”
- In some instances, infants were found with their faces wedged against the side of the bassinet.
That’s why we previously mentioned that you should move your baby to a different sleeping area once they can roll over!
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There are many ways to make your baby’s sleeping environment much more comfortable and safe.
Just follow our tips, and your baby will have a long and restful sleep in no time!