How To Move Your Sleeping Baby Blog

Every parent inwardly jumps for joy once their baby finally falls asleep after hours of rocking, cooinglullabies and maybe even a feed. Perhaps you are a parent of a newborn and just discovering the struggles of getting your baby to sleep, or maybe youve been a parent for a while but still struggle when it come to your baby and bed time? It’s a feat many parents will struggle with and the joy of seeing your baby finally nod of is something like nothing else.  

But what if they have fallen asleep in their car seat, their pram or in your arms and you need to transfer them gently down elsewhere so they can get the z’s they need? How can you move a sleeping baby without waking them or hearing those dreaded cries? Well, moving a sleeping baby is not so different from deactivating a bomb. You must move slowly, gently, carefully and take a few things into consideration if you want to move your sleeping baby without waking them. 

So, How Do You Move a Sleeping Baby Without Waking Them? 

In all honesty, there is no magic trick when it comes to moving a sleeping baby without waking them. It’s the combination of perfect conditions, an ideal environment and a lot of patience that will allow you to move your sleeping baby without waking them. Below we have detailed some of the most important things to consider when trying to move your baby while their sleeping:  

How To Pick Up A Baby Without Waking Them? 

  • Make Sure You Have Ideal Conditions: If you think your baby might be about to fall asleep, then make sure that you have done their pre-nap or night-time routine, so they have a lovely cosy sleeping environment. This routine can include making sure your baby is wearing comfortable, breathable clothes for sleeping in and if it is cold you could also try pre-heating their cot or bassinet with a hot water bottle – as being put in a cold crib is a sure way to wake your baby up. 
  • Create a Quiet and Peaceful Environment: Do your best to make sure your baby falls asleep somewhere where there won’t be any sudden or loud noises. Another good idea is to use a white noise machine – turn it on as your baby is falling asleep and then as you transfer them as well, moving the machine into the space where you lay your baby down. A white noise machine can help to calm your baby, reducing the chances of them waking.  
  • Slow and Steady Wins the Race: When moving a sleeping baby you must take your time and make sure that you lift your baby correctly – First slide one hand, with splayed fingers, gently under their head, making sure to also support their neck and support their bottom with the other hand. Use the same method putting them down, with one hand supporting their head and neck and the other under their bottom. Bend your knees so you are as low and as close to the crib as possible and lay them down gently and slowly. Then, withdraw the hand that is under the bottom and place this hand lightly on their tummy for reassurance as you withdraw your hand from underneath their head and they lay flat. Ensure you do not pull away too fast, as any sudden movements could wake up your baby. 
  • Make Sure They Are in a Deep Sleep First: If you try to move your baby as soon as they close their eyes, it is likely that they are in a light stage of sleep. One way of testing if your baby is in a deep enough sleep stage is the arm test: lift your baby’s arm and drop it. If they don’t show any signs of stirring, they are ready to be transferred. Another method is to check they are breathing deeply and their muscles are relaxed. If they do stir when you try to move them, wait at least 20 minutes before trying again. 
  • Use the Snugglebundl: Though possible, all parents know just how difficult it is to move a sleeping baby without waking them. The Snugglebundl takes away all the struggle, all the guesswork and all the worry about waking your sleeping baby as you pick them up and put them down. Essentially a blanket with handles, the Snugglebundl provides full head, neck and body support for your baby thanks to the hammock like design, making it simpler than ever before to transfer a sleeping baby.