The right time for baby crib playtime depends on the baby’s comfort level and how long they want to spend in the crib, but it can also depend on their preferences.
“If you are a baby who likes to be close to the crib and you want to be able to see the crib from the crib at the same time, you should wait until after you have had some activity in the room,” says Dr. Susan Schumacher, a pediatrician and director of pediatric psychiatry at the University of Miami Medical Center.
“That way, the baby doesn’t need to get up from the bed to see it, so they don’t have to move around in the house or have to be separated from you.
If you are like me, you might want to wait until the next day, so the baby can get a bit of exercise.”
If you prefer a different experience, there are several factors to consider.
For starters, the more your baby is exposed to the sun, the brighter they may react to the bright light.
If your baby has a high-contrast environment, like the nursery, that could cause them to become hypervigilant and become stressed.
They might also be more prone to allergies, or hypersensitivity to chemicals or other allergens.
If they are already exposed to a lot of bright light, the light might not have the same impact.
Also, if your baby’s skin tone is too dark or too light, it can lead to skin reactions, too.
If the baby is wearing diapers, they may be less sensitive to light, so you might not want to introduce them to the light until they have had more time to get comfortable.
Also be aware of the time your baby spends in the cradle, because that can be the best time to introduce baby toys or other playtime activities.
For more tips on introducing baby to the world of play, see the full article.
The perfect time to play with a baby crib is usually after you’ve taken them to a daycare.
However, if you’ve had a day off from work or school and want to start a new baby daycare program, it’s possible you can start the day with a crib.
If this is not an option, the most important thing is that the crib be accessible and that the baby has access to it at all times.
“The key is to make sure the crib is very small and that it is not too high up on the floor,” says Schumachers.
“When the baby wakes up in the daycare, they have to go into the crib.”
If the crib isn’t in the best spot for your baby, take the crib out of the day care center or make it a temporary crib until you can bring it home.
“There are some good reasons to have the crib for a little while,” says McManus.
“It allows them to get used to their new home and to have a little time to relax.”
When is it best to introduce a baby to a crib?
When babies are a few months old, it is best to give them a little bit of time to see a crib and explore their surroundings.
For example, McManuses recommends waiting a few days to give babies a little more time in the nursery and then introducing them to your own home, which is usually where your child will play most of the first month.
If a baby is a few weeks old, they will start learning how to use the crib.
This will take time, but they will eventually be able find their way into the play space and get the basics down.
“By the time they get to about the second or third month, they are starting to know how to play and they will be able play with you and your friends, too,” says McGowan.
“They will be developing a sense of independence and that is the most exciting time for a baby.”
What are the best cribs for babies?
The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that children start out with a single crib that is no taller than two feet and that has a crib that can fit a full-size infant.
The crib should have a floor and a crib door that is at least three feet wide, has two-way swing doors and is built to last.
The room should be bright and inviting and should have plenty of room for the infant to lie down or to climb into a baby seat or play in a rocking chair.
This crib is not recommended for younger babies.
“You want a crib with lots of room and lots of crib rails and the crib should be very small so that the child can move around easily,” says MacManus, a clinical associate professor of pediatrics at the Yale School of Medicine.
“Also, it should have one-inch walls and no more than two inches of space for the crib to rest on.
The best crib for older babies is the crib with two-inch ceilings, one- and two-foot wide walls and one-and-two-foot high rails