How Long Do Babies Sleep in a Bassinet?
The length of time your baby should sleep in a bassinet will vary based on factors such as age and development. However, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends that all infants should sleep on their backs on a firm sleep surface until one year of age.
For the first 3 months, the bassinet is an ideal sleep environment for babies. They should not be left unattended and should sleep safely tucked in their bed or bassinet. The AAP suggests that babies should sleep in the same room as their parents, but not the same bed.
After 3 months, it is generally safe for your baby to sleep for longer stretches in the bassinet, but the AAP advises that babies should not stay in the bassinet too long. Parents should check on their baby frequently to ensure that he or she does not become too uncomfortable or overly warm.
Between 6 and 12 months, your baby should be transitioned from the bassinet into a crib. This is an important milestone as the bassinet is no longer an appropriate sleep environment. If your baby isn’t sleeping long stretches, it is also a sign that it is time to make the switch.
No matter the age of your baby, there are certain safety considerations to keep in mind when sleeping in a bassinet:
- A safe sleep surface: Ensure that the mattress in the bassinet is firm, flat, and free of any loose bedding.
- Swaddle: Securely swaddle your baby in light clothing or a sleeping bag to ensure that they rest safely and comfortably.
- No excess items: Do not place pillows, stuffed animals, or other cluttered items in the bassinet.
Ultimately, only you can decide how long your baby should sleep in the bassinet – especially if they don’t seem to be sleeping through the night. But the AAP recommends that all infants should stay in a crib or bassinet until they turn one year old.