Lack of Comfortability: Why Won’t My Baby Sleep in a Bassinet?
Having trouble getting your baby to sleep in their bassinet? You are not alone! Many parents have experienced difficulty and frustration trying to get their infant to rest in their bassinet for more than a few minutes.
There are several potential culprits as to why your baby won’t stay in their bassinet. Let’s explore some of the possible causes and suggestions for how to remedy the situation:
Small Size of Bassinet
Bassinets are typically much smaller than regular cribs, which can make it difficult for a baby to get comfortable–especially a newborn. The baby may feel too closed in, or not have enough wiggle room. In addition, they might be used to the size and feel of their original sleeping environment in the womb.
To help your baby feel more comfortable in a bassinet:
- Swaddle your baby: The snugness will help them feel the same sensation they felt in the womb.
- Place a rolled-up towel or blanket under the mattress: This can help make the bassinet more comfortable and roomier for your baby
Lack of Familiar Sounds
Even though babies typically sleep better in a more quiet environment, they are used to the sounds and movements they were used to in the womb. To help create a more familiar environment:
- White noise machine: Many parents find that running a white noise machine helps recreate the sounds of the womb your baby was used to.
- Gentle rocking: You can also try gently rocking your bassinet or using a vibrating bassinet to calm your baby down.
When dealing with any sleep problems with your newborn it can be difficult and frustrating! Hopefully these tips can help you troubleshoot why your baby won’t sleep in the bassinet and help make their sleeping environment as comfortable and familiar as possible.