Is 3 months old too young to sleep in crib in nursery?

JAMIE - posted on 07/05/2010 ( 68 moms have responded )

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I want my 3 month old to start sleeping in his crib in the nursery...but I've read you should keep them in a bassinet for 6 months....

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Kendra - posted on 07/12/2010

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My baby was sleeping in the crib since she was brought home from the hospital. And she's 3 months old now and she's just fine in the crib. I would suggest getting a baby monitor if you feel uneasy about her sleeping in another room. They're very inexpensive.

Michelle - posted on 07/13/2010

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I think the earlier you put your baby in his or her own bedroom the better. I don't think putting a 3 month old in a crib is wrong but would advice that if there are bars that you cover them with a soft/padded cloth so he/she can't get their arms or legs through if they move about a lot.

Jennifer - posted on 07/12/2010

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Not at all. Our daughter was sleeping in her crib at 6 weeks - although I highly recommend a video monitor - it helped me tremendously with the transition and peace of mind.

Stephanie - posted on 07/10/2010

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I think that it is to young to put ur baby in a crib. I think dat they should sleep with u til they're atleast 4 mo.

Lucy - posted on 07/13/2010

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Not at all! both my boys were in their own rooms from 8 weeks old. This made for much better night sleeps for all concerned. baby monitors are so good these days that, with the volume turned up, you can hear the baby better then if they were in the same room!

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Nicky - posted on 07/07/2011

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i kept my daughter in the bassinet in our room till she outgrew it, then moved her into the cot in her room from then on, was about 3 mths if i recall..
i dont think there is a right or wrong... just make sure her feet are as close to the bottom of the mattress as possible so you havent got her too far up where she can wriggle under blankets.

Emily - posted on 07/13/2010

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I think it's totally up to you! But I definitely should have put my oldest in his crib a lot sooner!

Esther - posted on 07/13/2010

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its never 2 early!!!
all 3 of my babies all slept in their cots in thir own rooms from birth and most of the time sleep really well

Ursula - posted on 07/12/2010

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my daughter was in her crib when she was 2 months old it was a case of having to as she keeps turning her self side ways when she slept-ed and well now she can't kick the blankets off as she got a safe sleeper in her bed..

Allison - posted on 07/12/2010

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my son is 3 months old and I am going to begin the transition soon as well. he sleeps in a bassinet right next to me currently and is sleeping through the night (usually about 10-6) and has been for 5-6 weeks now. mostly its me that is nervous about him being down the hall, but we have a video baby moniter so hopefully that will help. So if both you and your baby are ready for it than go for it :)

Merry - posted on 07/12/2010

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April Mathis, If she is breastfeeding her baby might have a growth spurt or be a cluster feeder which would result in nursing often. Like every hour or so. It is healthiest to nurse more often and less at a time because this keeps the stomach small and prevents obesity. So it really isnt that unusual for little ones to nurse that often and be just fine.

Jennifer - posted on 07/12/2010

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We put both of our kids in the crib from birth on unless they were sick. We have always had the same bedtime routine and they know when it is time to go to their beds. Some times we do miss it if we are out late or if they stay the night with someone but if we read them a book they still know it is bedtime. This is not to say we never had night it is hard to put them to bed but we just stick the routine.

Elisha - posted on 07/12/2010

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With my first son he slep in a bassinet till he was around 4 months old but i was such a nervous new mom that we put his crib up in our room until he was around 9 months but that was all on me (i had a huge fear of SIDS). If your as nervous as I was I'd get one of those baby moniters that have the tv so you can watch the baby. My second child is now 3 months old and where in the process of putting him in his own room.

Ekaterini - posted on 07/12/2010

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My baby girl slept in her crib in the nursery when she was about 3 months old. No problems with her. I guess it helped that we have a baby monitor with movement sensor. I looked after her every couple of hours at the beginning to make sure she is alright and not too hot/cold. But every baby is different, I would just try it out :)

April - posted on 07/12/2010

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Hope your not still nursing/ bottle feeding a 3month old every hour and a half like one of the posters. Wow, they don't need to be feed that often at that age.

Sandra - posted on 07/11/2010

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I put my kids in a bassinet for the first 4 weeks and then into their cribs...keep the area clean and clutter free and the baby will be fine

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I had a bassinet that came with my pack and play. The bassinet label read that it was good for up to 3 months so I set up Kaylee's crib at 2 1/2 months. It was hard for me at first and still is, always checking up on her because I was so worried that she would spit up and choke. But my bassinet was elevated and I have heard that they have a foam elevation pad. I have a regular monitor right now but wish I had a video one so I could see her without getting out of bed and possibly disturbing her. I have crib bumpers all around the crib which makes me feel better. I also recommend getting a mobile, which she loves and helps her fall asleep. I also had a futon in her room from age birth until recently. That helped alot as well for when I wanted to sleep in the same room as her. Even though my room is right next to hers, I feel safer leaving the monitor on in my room as well. Hope this helps

Tawny - posted on 07/10/2010

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I don't see a problem with it. I put my son at 3 months in the crib because at the time I had to go back to work and my mom stayed for 2 weeks to watch him and he did just fine. The only think I did was elevate the crib mattress but now they have those foam things I dont know the name of them but you can lay them between and it is elevated and they can sleep in it. I haven't used one yet but have seen them. Just a suggestion. But it is always up to you on what you want to do. :)

Sherri - posted on 07/10/2010

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I didn't want my baby in the same room as me and I don't have baby monitors either. I always awoke as soon as they cried and went to them in the their room in their own crib.

Laura - posted on 07/10/2010

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At that age your baby should be very close to you. You want to hear them and get to them if necessary.

Heather - posted on 07/10/2010

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My son has always slept sounder since we moved him into his own crib. I started having him take naps in his crib fairly early on so he would get used to being in it, so give that a try until you're both comfortable.

Nicky - posted on 07/10/2010

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Hi Jamie, I may be biased but I think thats a load of ###*. I have 23 mth old twins who both slept in cots from birth. I don't really see the difference; as long as you don't put anything extra in there that they can smother themselves with.
They are still on a flat mattress with nothing surrounding them and just a wrap or other to keep them covered and warm.
I never had my boys in the same room as me from the time I brought them home, they make too much noise and I'm a light sleeper, I would have never got any sleep listening to them.
Now they are fantastic sleepers, they don't need me to settle them because they are used to doing it themselves and are used to being in their own room.
I say do it if that's what you want.

Tina - posted on 07/10/2010

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I don't think so all 4 of my kids where in there cot at around 6 weeks if not earlier, they did not fit in the bassinet and they sleeped through the nigh. But everone is different. Just go with what you feel is right for you and your baby.

Lorraine - posted on 07/09/2010

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Crib is more than fine. I think most bassinets you have to take them out by 3 months. Be sure to read the directions on the bassinet itself. My daughter was placed in her crib around that time and I had no problems.

Kristen - posted on 07/09/2010

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Absolutely not too early!! My children were in their cribs after one wk in the bassinet. You need your rest, too!!

Shalini - posted on 07/09/2010

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My daughter started sleeping in her crib (in my room next to my bed) right from day one. Just make sure you dont have anything that is a choking hazard ,next to the baby ,in the crib - like a blanket ,soft toy etc.Some babies start using their hands much earlier and may pull these stuff over their face and will not be able to breathe.Baby monitor is a great device if the nursery is setup in a separate room.

Merry - posted on 07/09/2010

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Eric was in his bassinett in our room for 3 months then in his crib in our room until9 months
I now know he would have been better off sleeping in bed with us but with my lack of knowledge at the time, he was in the crib

Aimee - posted on 07/09/2010

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My daughter was in her crib at 2 months! She started sleeping through the night as soon she went into the crib!

Wendy - posted on 07/09/2010

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not at all, i had 1 of mine in 1 from birth, dont believe everything you read, its just a guideline.

Jessica - posted on 07/08/2010

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Any age is fine to put the baby in the crib. It is whatever you feel comfortable with. With my first three I had them in the crib early on. But with my fourth, well he's three months old and I can't bear to put him in the other room. It is so different this time, I don't know why.

Viktoria - posted on 07/08/2010

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no its not to young at all. its hard to seperate ourselves from them when they're so young but its ok. just dont leave any loose blankets or pillows in the crib.

Brittony - posted on 07/08/2010

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No Way! We had our son in his crib on his second night home. He is now 3 months old and we have a set schedule every night. He is in his swing by 8pm and in his crib by 9. He does great with it and sleeps until about 5 or 6am almost every night.

Kristen - posted on 07/08/2010

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my son was in a crib from about 4-6 weeks on...it seemed like he needed space than a bassinet had, so we tried and he liked his crib. Just have a good baby monitor and you will get good to go!

Michelle - posted on 07/08/2010

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No I put my first in her crib at 2 months old I just got a monitor called angel care and that worked great but she moved around to much in bed to use it for to long. If you think he or she is ready then just do it.

Stephanie - posted on 07/08/2010

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i think babys should be in the same room as their mothers or the person looking after them for the first year. less chance of cot death.

Kathy - posted on 07/08/2010

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Of course not. Like some have said, move them when YOUR comfortable with it. My daughter was 6 or 7 weeks when we moved her to the crib in her room. We kept the bassinet in our room for if we needed it, but other than a couple early mornings when she didn't wanna stay asleep she stayed in the crib. The reasons we moved her were because she was sleeping through the night and my incision was healed enough for me to get to her room easily.

Heather - posted on 07/08/2010

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Both of my sons were sleeping in a crib from the day they came home from the hospital. But, I had the crib in my room until they were about 6 months old just because it was alot easier to breastfeed when they would wake up at night. It is different for all parents and babies..whatever feels right to you!

Samantha - posted on 07/08/2010

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i think its when your ready really...i put my daughter in her crib in her own room at 2 months and she slept all night for the first time.

BRENDA - posted on 07/08/2010

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I put my baby boy in his own room in his own bed at about 7 weeks old. He did fine. and i heard every move he made. He was my second, the first one slept in the same room with us in her own bed and then ended up sleeping with me until she was 5 !! I learned the hard way !! oh, and you dont have to do what others say do, do what you feel is best.

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I had my daughter sleeping in her own crib a few days after we got home from the hospital. It's whatever you feel is right for you and your baby, but I'm sure it's perfectly safe for the baby to be in a crib. Good luck!

Lauren - posted on 07/08/2010

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My girl slept in a crib from the first week on and was a pretty good sleeper considering she was on the small side.

Jeanne - posted on 07/08/2010

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i put my daughter in her crib when she was a week old, i slept better, she slept better we were all happy

User - posted on 07/08/2010

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Hi Jamie
I would have loved my baby to have slept beside me in a bassinet until she was 1! However, she outgrew the bassinet at 3 months so I HAD to put her in her crib in her own room. I just made sure the baby monitor was on beside me and I could hear every noise she made. This made the transition so much easier for me. And I must say that she has been sleeping (and so have I) so much better since the move. Sometimes, babies need more room to spread out. Controlled crying also worked for my older children . . . . I had to put up with 3 sleepless nights and after that they were awesome . . . and still are 10-12 years on.
All the Best

Jennifer - posted on 07/08/2010

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I put all three of my children in a crib by this time. Even when I brought them home they always took a nap in their crib during the day and then slep in the bassinet during the night time. I hope this helps relieve your fears!

Ez - posted on 07/07/2010

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There's no perfect age to put your baby into a cot. Most people tend to keep their newborns in their room until they are sleeping reasonable stretches at night. My daughter slept 6hrs from birth and up to 8hrs by a month old, so I moved her to her cot then. I had intended on co-sleeping but she hated it.

Marissa - posted on 07/07/2010

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we kept our daughter in our bed for the first week then we moved her into our crib.. we didnt feel comfortable putting her in her own room so her cribs is in ours for the time being shes now almost 11 weeks old

Veronica - posted on 07/07/2010

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I had my daughter in her crib the 2nd night we were home. I tried the bassinet and couldn't sleep with her in the same room as me.

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