As many things as you can buy for your newborn baby before he or she is born, there’s no guarantee you will use all of them! A common issue that comes up often is when your baby won’t sleep in his or her brand new bedside bassinet!
If you’re even a little like me, you might be nervous about bed-sharing. I worried about rolling over onto baby! I also felt that having him in the crib in another room was too far away! A bedside bassinet is a perfect solution, but only if your baby actually sleeps in it. If your baby won’t sleep in the bassinet at all or anymore, here are 3 things you can do to help:
Sleep on the Bassinet Sheets
Your baby likes to be near you and your scent, especially if you are breastfeeding. The smell of you is one thing that helps him feel more comfortable. You could try to sleep on the bassinet sheets for a couple of days or even walk around with them in your shirt while you pitter-patter around the house before putting them back on your baby’s bed. Your scent will be transferred to the sheets and may help him feel more comfortable when you put him a little further away from you in the bassinet.
Buy a bassinet with movement and/or an incline
Many babies do not enjoy sleeping flat at all. It can feel unnatural especially if your baby has reflux. Sometimes just inclining the bed helps babies feel more comfortable, and helps keeps things down for those with reflux. Have you already purchased a bedside bassinet with no incline? Check and see if you have the receipt to return it (if your retailer will accept it back). If it’s open/used, consider selling it to a gently used kids store and purchase a bassinet that has a slight incline or movement. Believe me, the cost of buying a new bassinet will be worth it to get more sleep! Here are three options to consider:
The SNOO Smart Sleeper Bassinet, created by Dr. Harvey Karp, costs over $1200, but now you can rent one! The big benefit here is that it’s “smart” in that it doesn’t move the entire time, but reacts to your baby’s crying by starting the motion and increasing the white noise volume. This can buy you precious hours of sleep! You would not want to skip necessary feedings, but this moving bassinet can help keep your baby asleep for longer periods of time since it doesn’t require you to activate it.