How to Transition Baby to Crib with a Smart Baby Monitor

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How to transition baby to crib? Use a smart baby monitor! In this post we go into separation anxiety, bassinet to crib, and more!

If your little one hasn’t slept on their own since coming home from the hospital, you might start wondering when and how to transition them to the crib.

While many moms and dads have gone through this big move before you, this isn’t exactly an instinctual skill that wakes up when it’s time. In fact, it’s almost more natural for many women to worry about this move than it is to know exactly how to let go when it comes to being separated from their baby at night.

Is new mom anxiety normal? Find resources for postpartum symptoms here.

One of the best ways to transition baby to crib is to use a Smart Baby Monitor. Not sure what makes a baby monitor smart vs the monitor you’ve seen for decades? Times are changing.

In this post, we’ll talk about common sleep set-ups for families, Sleep FAQs, when to transition baby to crib, and how to do it using a smart baby monitor in the most efficient way possible.

Guide to this post:

Do babies sleep better in their own room?
Does co-sleeping cause separation anxiety?
When should I stop co-sleeping with my baby?
Transitioning from bassinet to crib
How do I transition my baby from co-sleeping to crib?
When to transition baby to crib in their own room?

Do babies sleep better in their own room?

Of course, we have to start this by saying that not all babies are the same. There’s a lot to take into consideration when facing this question. However, on a bigger scale, studies have faced the question head-on. Let’s take a look at one of the most prominent of these studies, though many echo the results.

According to a study done by St. Joseph’s University, the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, funded by Johnson and Johnson, found that the answer is a confident “yes”.

Their results said 37.2% of US infants from 6-12 months, and 48.4% of the international ones who slept separately from their parents (in a different room) slept better.

What does “better” mean?

These babies woke up less during the night, slept for longer stretches of the night, and had longer total sleep.

Not totally sure how long your baby’s stretches of sleep are at night? Learn more about tracking your baby’s sleep in numbers.

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Does co-sleeping cause separation anxiety?

If up until now you’ve been sleeping in the same room or in the same bed with your baby, one of your concerns can be whether co-sleeping can cause separation anxiety once they transition. Short answer: no one knows for sure.  The fact is that this is a difficult question to answer for researchers. 

Unfortunately, the psychological effects of co-sleeping- good or bad- are still a mystery for a variety of reasons. For one, babies can’t speak for themselves to explain whether they’re distressed due to being separated from their parents at night or from being overtired or for any other reason. 

What we can see once we look at the numbers is that the longer and better sleep babies tend to get in their own rooms would show that it’s a better sleep environment.

When should I stop co-sleeping with my baby?

Co-sleeping in the same bed is never recommended for the baby’s sleep safety. That being said, a lot of parents practice it for the ease of breastfeeding and the ability to synchronize their sleep to their babies. 

If you’re practicing co-sleeping, assess how necessary it truly is, and consider switching to a bassinet or a crib for better baby safety. 

Co-sleeping can also refer to room-sharing. Lots of parents keep baby in the room for months until they’re sleeping for longer periods of time. Sometimes, this extends for longer if the baby’s nursery is further away than is comfortable for middle-of-the-night check-ins.

Anywhere between the 4-6 month mark is a good time to transition baby from co-sleeping to crib. Their sleep will be slightly longer at night and you are probably at the stage where you need some privacy to sleep, too. If you want to keep an eye on them even from another room, you can always see them in HD Night Vision with your smart baby monitor. 

When to transition from a bassinet to a crib

Your baby’s weight and size can start to tell you whether they’ve outgrown their bassinet. If they’re starting to look kind of tight in there, it’s definitely time to make them more comfortable. 

There are also developmental signs. 

If your baby is rolling over, they’re not far from sitting up, too. This increases the risk of them to fall over the side. While you make the transition, having a smart baby monitor with rollover alerts can notify you if your baby is risking not just covering their face, but getting a little too mobile for their own safety. Danger Zone alerts are great for this too! 

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How do I transition my baby from co-sleeping to crib? 

Rules to make transitioning easier: 

  1. Make sure your baby has a safe place to sleep
  2. Your bed is off-limits for the first three months after starting the transition
  3. Sleep Train them to make the transition easier. This can be done in a variety of ways with and without extensive crying.

How to transition baby to crib in their own room?

While you may be anxious to get this process over and done with, we’ve all been there, it might take a few nights to get the hang of it. Our main tips are to be patient with yourself and your baby. It’s a change for all of you and it might not be entirely successful right away. 

Something that can help your efforts is having a safety-focused smart baby monitor that can help you not just feel better but assess the effectiveness of your efforts.

1. Use Your Smart Baby Monitor

A Smart Baby Monitor is basically this generation’s baby monitor. It does all the things that your baby monitor did, say 20 years ago, and so much more. 

Replacing a strange walkie-talkie-looking apparatus is the device that’s already in your pocket all the time: your phone! 

This allows you to go beyond listening to your baby and:

✅ Talk and sing to your baby withTwo-way Talk

✅ View Live Video Feed

✅ Read baby’s Sleep Analytics (some)

✅ Playback video to see what happened before (Some)

✅ Get notifications for events like crying and even safety risks

How does this help in room transitioning baby to crib? Glad you asked!

Having a smart baby monitor allows you to have maximum peace of mind since you’re able to see your baby any time. You don’t have to put your ear up to the door or even worse walk in and wake them up. 

2. Start During the Day

Adjusting your baby’s sleep-schedule during the day to their crib only. Once your baby starts to associate their room and their crib with sleep, it’s easier to transfer this association to nights.

Something that also helps is isolating your baby’s nursery from sun and noise so that they can have the best sleep possible day or night. While it’s not the most aesthetically pleasing solution, it goes a long way when getting your baby on a schedule that works!

If you’re using a Smart Baby Monitor, chances are you have HD Night Vision, so you can still see them perfectly regardless of how dark it is in there. You’ll still get your notifications, too.

3. Create a Ritual

Having a night time ritual is one of the best ways to prepare your little one- regardless of age- to go to bed. You can adjust it as needed but most moms will feed, bathe, turn the lights down, maybe read a story, and when baby is starting to get drowsy, set them in the crib. This way, they fall asleep on their own. Doing this over and over again will create a ritual so they know exactly what to expect and being set in their own crib won’t be any sort of surprise. 

After setting them in their crib you can either leave them to self soothe, keeping an eye on them with your smart baby monitor or stay in the room, watching them from the rocking chair. 

4. Use Whatever Method Works For You

From the Ferber method to No-Cry Sleep Solutions there are lots of ways to sleep train according to your and your baby’s personalities and preferences. Whatever you choose, sleep training will regulate your baby’s sleep schedules (and hopefully your own 🙏🏽). 

Getting into a routine will have you and your baby looking forward to naptime and sleep time.

Ready for the transition? You’ll get your much-needed sleep.

Don’t forget to recharge for the longer journey ahead! 


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Smart Baby Monitor, bird, techie, baby guru, and sleep-safety enthusiast. Cubo has a keen eye for detail, loves baby photography, and never sleeps on the job. You can find Cubo in thousands of nurseries around the world and here on the blog helping parents learn more about the topics they care about.