When to Make Transitioning Milestones

Your baby will grow at an alarming rate and as they grow they move on to bigger and better things. It’s those transitioning milestones we take part in that helps to shape little ones to becoming more independent. As a parent it’s often bittersweet to watch your little one evolving from a baby to a toddler to the independent little person they will grow up to be. At some point, you have to let them grow up.

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First time parents are typically eager to see their babies reach major milestones like crawling, walking, etc. while second, third and more experienced parents tend to want to hold on to those baby moments just a little bit longer. While your baby will reach major milestones on their own time, transitioning milestones are initiated by the parent to help their babies move on. Here’s a brief overview on when to expect to make those switches.

Transitioning from Bassinet to Crib
If you put your baby to sleep in their crib from day one, this won’t apply to you. Many parents like to place their babies in a bassinet or co-sleeper of some type that keeps baby closer to them. Whether it’s a traditional bassinet, the bassinet feature of a playpen, or co-sleeper, you should move your baby to a crib by the time they reach 4 to 5 months old, or begin sitting up or pushing up on their hands as well as rolling. It is also around this same time that you should lower the crib mattress from the highest setting to the next lower setting. Also keep in mind the bassinet’s weight limit. Some bigger babies might reach the maximum weight limit before they are able to roll over.

 

Transitioning from a Bottle to Cup
Bottles will be your baby’s first feeding necessity in which they’ll receive all of their nutrients. Eventually they’ll move on to big kid cups. The best time to begin the transition from bottle to cup is around the time they start eating solids – at 6 months. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends bottle weaning by 12 months; however, introducing a sippy cup earlier once your baby is old enough to sit up in a high chair will make the transition much easier as opposed to waiting. There are many bottles that are designed to make this transition easier with soft spout tops and handles such as Avent and Nuk so you can gradually introduce them to the idea of drinking from a sippy cup.

Transitioning to One Nap a Day
Some children need more sleep than others, and likewise some will start sleeping less during the day on their own. Toddlers will typically begin sleeping less during the day – taking shorter naps or taking a lot longer to fall asleep for their naps. Between the ages of 1 and 2 you can begin transitioning your toddler to just one longer nap during the day.

As I always say, children grow and develop on their own time and preemies may be delayed in their milestones. The age recommendations for making transitions is just a guideline. Follow your baby’s cues for readiness rather than focusing solely on just the age. Your baby will let you know that they are growing into big kids.

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