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I know it may seem like a scary ordeal, your baby is probably sleeping like a dream in that Rock n Play. Here’s the thing, they can’t sleep in it forever…it’s true, there’s a weight limit on those bad boys. And the sooner you get them out of the RNP, the easier the transition process is.
Make the crib as similar to the Rock N Play as possible
Crib Wedge – Put a crib wedge under the mattress to prop it up, similar to the RNP. OR if you’re thinking “forget that, I am not buying ANOTHER baby product,” you can put books under the legs of the crib on one end to prop it up.
Rolled up towels or pool noodles – *I am not a Dr, if you aren’t sure if this is “approved for sleeping” ask your Dr*
Roll up towels and make them into a U shape and put them under the crib sheet to surround your babe while they sleep. The towels/pool noodle will act as a barrier just like the RNP. **If your baby has already started rolling over, do NOT follow this step as it could be dangerous.
So you are good to go, do your same bedtime routine but instead put them in the crib. I started with nap-time first with my kids. We did naps in the crib for a few days and then started with night time sleeping in the crib.
“So now what? Do they sleep like this forever?”
No! Once they are sleeping consistently in the crib, you then gradually remove the items one by one. I started with the crib wedge. I took it out first thing in the morning before any naps and waited a couple days before I took out the towel that was in the U shape around their feet/legs. Then waited a few more days and took the other towel out around their top half and….voila! Your baby is now sleeping in their crib!
As always there are exceptions to the rule. Don’t start this crib transition while your baby is teething, sick, or sleep patterns have changed.
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