Preemie Sleep Set-Up: My List of Essentials
When our preemie boy came home, we fussed over his well being day and night. As with most parents, the thought of having him sleep away from us scared us. For us, it was more than just the thought, Ollie went home on oxygen and weighing under 4 lb 6 oz. He was healthy, but he needed extra care. And we were happy to provide! Choosing a preemie sleep set-up finally comes to caring for your baby. This is true for preemie and non-preemie parents. Having that sleep set-up adjusts over the years to what fits into your family life helps everyone sleep more peacefully. And boy, do we need that sleep!
I’m sharing with you a list of nursery essentials we have used for setting up our premature baby’s sleep environment. The list covers our son’s sleep growth from baby to toddler! I hope that you find it useful for your own parenting journey!
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Preemie Sleep Set-Up for Newborns: The Bassinet
When it comes to using a Bassinet for a preemie sleep set-up I would use the one that would keep my premature baby as close to me as possible. Although a bassinet wasn’t part of our preemie sleep environment, we did borrow one for a couple of weeks and it was bliss. The fact that you have both your baby next to your bed for checking in on her as much as you need, while maintaining your space on the bed is the purpose of bassinets. And they live up to the expectations.
Babies will outgrow the bassinet fairly quick though, but if this is the right set-up for you here are a couple I would recommend!
Preemie Sleep Set-Up for Newborns: Safe Bed-Sharing
We purchased a set-up much similar to this sleeper. We moved our bed against the wall and put the sleeper in a corner, Ollie just loved it. Another advantage is that we could take it to our parent’s house whenever we went to visit. Our complete set up had also an anti-spill wedge since Ollie suffered from reflux for the first months of his life. The wedge really helped him sleep peacefully, and having him right in our bed helped us.
Preemie Sleep Set-Up for Toddlers: Montessori Bed
Preemie Sleep Set-Up for Babies: The Pack N’ Play
Preemie Sleep Set-Up for Babies: The Crib
Ah, the traditional crib. To be honest we used our son’s cribs for naps and an occasional night. However, I have met many preemie families who have had a safe crib set-up. Cribs are gorgeous, classic, and modern! Most ones are adjustable so that the mattress is higher when babies are still small and not mobile, and a deeper setting for when babies start moving.
Preemie Sleep Set-Up Essential: Baby Monitor
We used Angelcare and we loved it. Our preferred monitor has a movement detector that goes under the mattress, a camera and an audio monitor. The movement sensor can detect a baby’s breathing, and an alarm goes off if 20 seconds or more pass and it doesn’t sense movement. It’s not too fancy, but it had the essentials for us. It even worked under an anti-spill wedge and mattress combination! To this day, we still use it with his Montessori bed.
That’s a Wrap
When it comes to putting a baby to bed, there are many possible combinations. Whatever you choose, make sure that it is the best for your family. Consider also that sleep set-ups grow as babies do. So don’t fret if the bed is too small or too big. As long as your baby is safe and you’re happy, you’ll move on to the next sleeping challenge: Getting your baby to sleep through the night.
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