How to Transition Baby from a RocknPlay to the Crib

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How do you know when it’s time to transition baby from his RocknPlay? I remember feeling conflicted about it. The crib just seemed ginormous compared to him when we brought Asher home for the first time.

The Fisher Price RocknPlay is an awesome baby product. I would highly recommend one if your little one likes to be held and feel snuggy. When we came home from the hospital, our friends loaned us one and it was just what we needed. We used it for naps and nighttime. It’s perfect because it keeps baby elevated and Asher was a spitter, so the inclined feature was a great bonus.

Eventually,  Asher started sleeping in his own room in his RocknPlay. One day I was playing with him while he was laying in his crib and I just felt like he looked so comfortable in there. The crib didn’t seem so big anymore.

If I could do it over, I would have transitioned Asher sooner. He was 2 1/2 months and going from the snuggy feeling of the RocknPlay to the crib was a little tough for him. Also, he was used to the incline, so laying flat seemed to make him spit up more. Each baby is different and you know your baby best. Sleep issues tend to arise around 3-4mos, so you might want to consider it before then.

Another indictator we needed to transition was because he kept pushing himself off the bottom while laying in the RocknPlay. I was a little paranoid about this! This also caused him to struggle to fall asleep because bouncing around was more fun than napping! If your baby starts to act restless, you might want to consider the possibility he is no longer comfortable in the RocknPlay.

Start with the last nap of the day. I did this so if his sleep was disrupted, we could survive with an early bedtime. Once he got used to this nap in the crib, I moved to the second nap of the day. This took about three days. He took about three more days with the second nap, so about a week to get through two naps of the day.

Once I felt like we were good with naps, we moved to nighttime. He did it with no problem at that point.

I would also like to note that we purchased a crib wedge to help with this process. We did this so he didn’t have to go from the incline of the RocknPlay to a completely flat surface.

We only ended up using this for about two weeks. He eventually got super squirmy and would roll off the wedge. 🙂

I think I wanted the wedge more than he needed it, but it gave me a peace of mind. Do what you think is best.

Also keep in mind that many people, like us, use the RocknPlay more than they probably should. There are lots of articles and studies coming out about negative affects for using it for an extended period of time. I keep thinking when we have our second one I will try to avoid prolong use!

How did your transition go?