The 5 Signs Your Baby is Ready to Move Out of Their Bassinet

Written by: Julian Wood



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Making the switch from a bassinet to a bed is a big but necessary step to keep your infant safe and secure during the night. The timing of this transition is also key, as it can impact your baby's sleep and overall well-being.

Moving your little one from their bassinet too early can disrupt their sleep routine and cause them to feel unsettled. On the other hand, waiting too long can also be detrimental as they may outgrow their bassinet's size and begin to roll over or climb out.

But how exactly do you know it’s time to move your baby to a bigger bed? Well, we’ve answered all your questions below…

What Age Should You Move Your Baby from the Bassinet?

Your baby should be out of their bassinet once they reach 6 months of age or earlier if they start to show signs of being ready for a bigger bed.

By the time your little one is 6 months old, they’ll need more space to move around and accommodate their growing arms and legs. This is especially important if your baby has already begun to roll over or sit up independently.

At this point, it’ll also be safe enough for them to sleep in a larger crib or bed without the risk of suffocation.

If you have questions about transitioning your baby from their SnüzPod4 Bedside Bassinet, please do get in touch with our supportive team.

We’re here to answer any questions and help make the transition as smooth as possible for both you and your little one.

5 Signs Your Baby Is Ready for a Bigger Bed

On the other hand, if your baby shows signs of being ready for a bigger bed before 6 months, it’s important to listen to their cues and make the transition sooner rather than later.

Some of the signs to look out for include:

#1 When Baby is Near the Bassinet Weight Limit

If your baby has reached or exceeded the bassinet's weight limit (please note that the weight limit for the SnüzPod4 is 20 lbs), it's time to transition from a bassinet to a crib.

Sleeping in a bassinet that your baby has become too heavy for poses significant risks, as it won’t provide the necessary support and can lead to accidents or injury.

#2 Baby Can Sit Up Unaided

Once your baby can sit up independently, the bassinet might no longer offer the support and safety they need.

When your baby can sit up unaided, a bassinet becomes unsafe due to its shallow depth. This poses a risk of your baby leaning over the edge or attempting to climb out, increasing the likelihood of falls and injuries.

#3 Baby Visibly Looks Too Big for the Bassinet

Babies who have grown too long for their bassinet may also struggle to stretch out and become uncomfortable , disturbing their sleep patterns.

Having room to stretch and move is crucial for your baby's sleep as they grow because it promotes healthy development and prevents restrictions that can disturb sleep patterns.

Adequate space allows for natural movements, contributing to better sleep quality and overall comfort during these critical early stages of growth.

#4 Baby is Showing Discomfort in Their Bassinet

When your baby shows signs of discomfort in their bassinet, such as fussiness, difficulty settling, or frequent wakeups , it could indicate that the space is no longer suitable for their needs.

This discomfort often stems from insufficient room to move, leading to interrupted sleep patterns and general unease.

Transitioning to a bigger bed can alleviate these issues, providing ample space for your baby to stretch, roll, and adjust their position comfortably, which is vital for their sleep quality and overall development.

#5 Baby Wakes Up Frequently, or Sleep Cycle is Disturbed

If you notice your baby waking up more frequently than before, it might be a sign they're ready for more space to sleep comfortably.

Disturbed sleep cycles in babies can have detrimental effects on their development and well-being. Inadequate rest can impair cognitive development, affect mood regulation, and weaken the immune system.

It also disrupts the natural growth patterns and can lead to difficulties in establishing a healthy sleep routine.

So, moving your baby to a comfortable, spacious sleeping environment that promotes uninterrupted sleep is essential for their overall health and development.

Why Is It Important to Transition Your Baby to a Bed?

Transitioning your baby from a bassinet to a bed significantly enhances their safety . Bassinets are designed for infants with limited mobility so once your baby becomes more active, the risk of climbing out and falling increases dramatically, making a crib or bed with higher sides a safer option.

From a health perspective, moving to a larger sleeping space can promote better sleep patterns . A cramped bassinet may restrict your baby’s natural sleeping positions, affecting the quality of their rest.

Poor sleep can, in turn, impact your baby's mood, appetite, and cognitive development. Adequate sleep is essential for brain development and helps in establishing a healthy sleep routine.

Physically, babies grow rapidly in the first year of life, and a crib bed provides the necessary space for their growing bodies, allowing for free movement – this is vital for physical development and prevents conditions like plagiocephaly  flat head syndrome) caused by lying in one position for too long.

Also, transitioning at the right time supports overall development. It encourages independence as babies learn to sleep on their own, in their space. It also introduces them to new environments, which is beneficial for their adaptability and cognitive growth.

How to Transition Your Baby from Bassinet to Bed

So, you’ve concluded that your baby has outgrown their bassinet, and it’s time to make the transition to their next bed.

We know this can be a bit nerve-wracking, and the stories of parents losing sleep over the change are certainly not uncommon. But that’s not to say it has to be a stressful experience for you or your baby.

We have a whole blog post dedicated to tips and tricks for transitioning your baby from their bassinet to bed. But here are a few key points to keep in mind:

  1. Timing is everything. It’s important to make the transition at the right time when your baby is developmentally ready.

  2. The process is gradual. Don’t expect your baby to adjust to a new bed overnight. Take it slow and allow them time to get used to their new sleeping environment.

  3. Familiarize your baby with their new bed. Let them explore and play in their new bed during the day so they can become comfortable with it.

  4. Stick to your bedtime routine. A consistent bedtime routine can help ease the transition for your little one.

  5. Be patient and understanding. Sleep disruptions are normal during this transition period, but remember that they’re temporary. Be patient with your little one as they adjust.

Summary: The Right Time to Move Baby from the Bassinet

The important thing to take away from this is that you should move your baby from their bassinet to a bigger bed by the time they are 6 months old. But, keeping an eye out for the signs that your baby is ready for the transition can make the process smoother.

Pay attention to your baby's developmental milestones and cues, as well as use common sense when making the transition.

Although this change may seem significant for both you and your little one, with patience and proper preparation, it can be a smooth and positive experience for both of you.


How Do I Know if My Baby is Too Big for a Bassinet?

If your baby is nearly reaching or has exceeded the bassinet's weight limit, appears cramped, or their head and feet are touching the ends, it might be time to transition to a crib for more space and safety.

What to Do When Baby Outgrows Bedside Bassinet?

When your baby outgrows their bedside bassinet, it's time to move them to a crib. Ensure the crib is safe, comfortable, and follows AAP guidelines. Transition slowly to help your baby adjust, maintaining a familiar bedtime routine to soothe them during this change.

How Long Should You Let Your Baby Sleep on You Before Putting Them Down?

It's generally advised to minimize the time your baby sleeps on you to help them learn to sleep in their own space. Aim for putting them down awake but drowsy, gradually reducing the time on you to just a few minutes for cuddles before sleep.

What is the 5, 10, 15 Method?

The 5, 10, 15 method, also known as graduated extinction, is a sleep training technique where you allow your baby to fuss for set intervals of 5, 10, and 15 minutes before comforting them. This aims to help them learn to self-soothe and fall asleep independently.