When A Baby Is Too Big for Co-Sleeper? – A Step By Step Guide

Many parents take their child out of the co-sleeper for safety reasons, because they fear the handrail will jump. This should not be the only reason, because if the child is not ready to sleep in a bed, the change would be even more dangerous: he could get in and out of bed at will and walk around the house uncontrollably while everyone sleeps.

If this happens, and the child is immature for the change, the mattress of the co-sleeper should be lowered as much as possible, so that the railings are higher and the child has more difficulty to jump. They can also be placed nets or meshes for co-sleeper that are fixed with Velcro to the railings, creating a kind of awning that keeps the baby safe in his co-sleeper. Before you read further also check our article on cleaning arms reach co-sleeper.

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Another wrong reason to move the child’s resting place is the arrival of a little brother. If it is a logistically necessary change, it should be done about two months before birth and not make it coincide exactly with your arrival because it is already too important a change to add another one. The idea is that the child is completely used to his new bed before the new baby takes over “his” co-sleeper.

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If the older brother is still too small for the change in the date of birth of the baby, the transfer to the bed can be delayed three or four months after the birth, since while the baby will be in a bassinet. Be sure to schedule this transition according to the needs of the child and not just for the need to leave a space for the baby who is coming.

Some children are simply not ready to make the transition to a large bed. The co-sleeper has visible barriers in the form of railings, but the bed does not. For a child to understand that a bed has “imaginary walls” within which one must stay, it is necessary that he has reached a certain level of cognitive development. If the child takes a long time to fall asleep or gets up many times over the course of the night, it is likely that he is not yet ready to move to a bed.

If the return to the co-sleeper is necessary it is important not to consider it as a setback in the development of the child and to ensure that he does not see it as a punishment. A frequent situation is that firstborns usually cost more change than children who already have older siblings. It is possible that the child is really attached to his co-sleeper and all the feelings associated with it (comfort, safety, protection …).

In addition, the change to a large bed is just one of the many changes that usually occur at this stage of his life, and could coincide with his training to go to the bathroom, the beginning of kindergarten and other social pressures to behave like an “older child”. If, in addition, there is a little brother on the way, the child may feel very possessive in relation to the objects of his property, including his co-sleeper.

To children born in the second or third place, on the contrary, it costs them less to adapt to change because they have the older brother as an example and want to be like him in co-sleeper easily. Also check our article on how to fold arms reach co-sleeper.

Ammar Pervez

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