As with many things you can buy for your newborn baby, there’s no guarantee you will use all of them! A common issue that comes up often is when your newborn baby won’t sleep in their brand new bedside bassinet!
Some babies won’t sleep in their bedside bassinet at night while other newborns won’t sleep in the bedside bassinet at nap time. Or, neither. Both scenarios are very common.
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 newborn actually sleeps in it. If your newborn won’t sleep in the bassinet, here are 3 things you can do to help:
1. Sleep on the Bedside Bassinet Sheets
Your newborn 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.
2. Buy a Bedside Bassinet With Movement
Consider purchasing a bedside bassinet that has movement. I know you may already have purchased one, but see if you can return it or sell it to another parent who doesn’t have as picky of a sleeper. 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.