Q&A: How To Get Newborn To Sleep In Bassinet (Top Tips w/ Videos)

Do you have a newborn at home and are looking for different ways to put baby to sleep?

Have you got a baby bassinet at home and want to know how you can make your little one sleep in it?

Are you looking for easy ways to put your newborn to sleep in a bassinet and know if it is safe?

As a new parent, these are some of the questions that could be running through your mind as you get ready for your little one’s sleep time. It is possible that you bought a bassinet for your little one, or someone got it for the newborn as a gift. But now that you have it, you have a few questions too, and we are right here with the answers.

Today we take a look at why some babies may be reluctant to fall asleep in a bassinet and why it can get difficult, as well as discuss a few techniques that some parents seem to try that helps them put their newborns to sleep in a bassinet. In addition to all this, we also tell you about some of the safety tips you need to keep in mind when you are putting your baby to sleep in a bassinet.

Why can it be difficult to put newborn babies to sleep in a bassinet?

Often, you may find that while your newborn is happy to spend time in the bassinet while he or she is awake, it can get very difficult to put them to sleep in the bassinet.

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This could be due to a few reasons:

1. The bedding is not warm enough:

  • It is possible that your baby’s bedding in the bassinet is not as warm as your bed, and they are feeling colder or cooler in the bassinet, as compared to sleeping in the bed.
  • If this is the case, your baby may wake up after the first few minutes, especially if they start to feel uncomfortable and if the weather is already cold.

2. You are keeping it in a different room:

  • One of the reasons that your newborn is not feeling comfortable to sleep in the bassinet could also be that you are placing it in a different room.
  • As a result, your baby may feel that you are not around anymore and this can often set off a panic reaction.

3. You only use this at night:

  • A lot of parents make the mistake of changing the baby’s bedtime space through the day and night, making it difficult for your little one to get comfortable to a setting.
  • For instance, you put your baby to sleep in your bed through the day and now your baby is well adjusted to this routine as well as to this sleeping space.
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    However, once it is night time, you place your baby in the bassinet to sleep, and this makes them uncomfortable, because they feel that you have removed them from the place where they are meant to sleep in, and this makes them even crankier because they are already sleepy.

Do babies generally prefer to sleep in the arms of their parents?

If you ever tried to put your baby to sleep in your arms or next to you, as compared to putting them to sleep in a bassinet or different crib or bed, you may have noticed that your baby most likely fell off to sleep more easily in your arms, as compared to the other two situations, and also slept well. Here are a few reasons why this may have happened:

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  • As a natural tendency, babies do prefer to sleep in the arms of their parents because of the comfort and the familiarity that it provides them with.
  • The skin to skin touch is shown to give your baby the warmth that will help them feel safe and comfortable and as a result makes it easier for them to fall asleep.
  • Also, if you are the mother and are breastfeeding your baby, the natural smell of the milk also acts as a natural soothing agent and helps your baby fall asleep easily and with more comfort.

3 tips and techniques that parents can employ to get their newborn babies to sleep in a bassinet

If you are wondering how to get newborn to sleep in bassinet, here are a few tips and techniques that can help you do just that.

1. Maintain some balance in the touch and sleep association

  • One of the most important things that you have to remember here is that you have to try and avoid letting your baby fall asleep on your chest as much as you can. This is especially something you have to be watchful of when you are breastfeeding your little one.
  • If your baby does fall off to sleep while breastfeeding, wait for some time till you feel baby is in deep sleep, and then transfer them to the bassinet.
  • In case your baby does wake up when you place them in the bassinet, you can keep patting them and speak to them in soft tones, and also place a small rolled up towel along their back to replicate the feeling of touch or support.

2. Place the bassinet next to your bed

  • This is a great way to keep your baby reassured that you are right next to them and will also make them feel safe and comforted.
  • Each time you are placing your baby in the bassinet, make sure that you do so on the baby’s back and never on the side.
  • Another thing you can do if you are lulling your baby to sleep in your arms is to keep gently talking to the little one. Once they fall asleep, place them in the bassinet and keep talking in the same way.
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    Gently place a blanket on the high end from the side of the legs and bring it till the waist and tuck in the sides under the back.

3. Treat it like any other baby bed

  • When using the bassinet to put your baby to sleep, place it in a room that is quiet and somewhat dark.
  • This will set the mood for sleep.
  • Make sure to make the bedding in such a way that it is comfortable for your baby to sleep, and has ample room for baby to easily move the arms.

Can you leave your newborn alone while he or she sleeps in a bassinet? Is this safe?

If you are putting your newborn to sleep in a bassinet, it is recommended that you do it in such a way that at least one responsible and alert adult is able to constantly supervise the little one. This is because, even though you may feel that your newborn is sleeping and there is no chance of your baby falling out or some such scare, it is possible that they wake up and try to wiggle out. Even if the bassinet is deep enough to hold your newborn safely in it, sometimes, the constant movement may tip it and could cause the risk of a potential fall. In order to make sure that nothing like this happens, you can let your baby sleep in the bassinet in the day, when you are able to properly monitor your little one. 

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