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Timelines for Baby Gear

Are we there yet? How many more bites? How much longer?  Hate to break it to you, but we’re just as curious as our toddlers when it comes to wanting answers for how long something should last! Second to How do I get my baby to sleep?! any variation of How long do I keep (insert any baby item or habit)? tops the list of questions from clients – and we get it! While every baby develops differently, for the most part, they follow the same timeline. We’ve created a quick reference guide for the next time you find yourself wondering …

How long…?

Do you keep white noise?
Keep the white noise on a loud setting at crib height until they tell you they are too “big” for their white noise. We know several adults who still sleep with white noise, so don’t be alarmed if they never vocalize it 😉

Do you swaddle?

Check out this blog post for a more in-depth look, but for the most part the rule of thumb is as least 12 weeks old. From there, wait for baby to wake more frequently at night or to consistently break out of the swaddle to cue you to drop it.

Do they keep the sleep sack?

Keep the sleep sack until they are out of the crib.

Do you keep the paci?

For best results and the easiest transition, take the paci and the swaddle away at the same time so they learn to self soothe and put themselves back to sleep most efficiently.

Do you keep them in the crib?

Keep them in the crib until you need it for another baby or they consistently climb out on their own.

Do you keep the bottle?

Bottle should be fully dropped by age 1 or 13 months at the latest. By introducing the sippy cup around 6 months old, they’ll be well acquainted and ready to transition.

Do you keep it blackout?

Keep it as dark as you can until they are old enough to ask for a nightlight.

Do we keep their sleep environment clear of any pillows or blankets or lovies?

Keep the crib without anything in it until at least a year or later. They truly do not need a pillow or blanket until they’re in a big bed.

All of our favorite products are listed on our Recommendations page! Let us know if we missed any timeframes by emailing Melissa@newbornnightingales.com, and we will be happy to help!

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