How to Transition From Snoo to Crib

Are you struggling to transition your baby from their beloved snow to the crib? It’s a big step for them but ultimately will provide more freedom of movement and help make nights and naps much easier. 

Making this shift doesn’t have to be difficult or too time-consuming; with the right pacing and approach, it can actually be a fun experience for both you and your little one!

How to Transition From Snoo to Crib

In this blog post, we’ll provide tips and steps on how to transition from Snoo to crib with as little stress and tears as possible.

What Is Meant By Snoo?

Snoo is a technological baby bed that uses rocking and white noise to help soothe babies. It has two settings – one for naps and another for overnight sleep. While it can be incredibly helpful in assisting babies to settle into sleep, it’s important not to rely on Snoo too much as the ultimate solution for your little one’s sleep deprivation.

Step-by-Step Guidelines on How to Transition From Snoo to Crib

Step 1: Start by Introducing the Crib While Your Baby is Still in the Snoo:

Begin by introducing the crib while your little one is still in their Snoo. This can be done easily with a few sessions of tummy time, during which you can lay them down on the crib mattress and let them explore a bit. Make sure to keep items nearby that they’re familiar with like their favorite blanket or stuffed animals to make them feel more comfortable in the new environment.

Step 2: Let Your Baby Spend Time in Just the Crib Without Being Put Down for Sleep:

Once they’re used to being in the crib, it’s time to get them used to spending time there without actually sleeping. You can do this by setting up a play area near the crib and playing with your baby while they’re in the crib. This will help them learn that it’s a fun place to be, not just somewhere to sleep.

Step 3: Nap Time With No Sleeping Swaddle:

It’s time for nap time – but this time, you’ll be leaving the swaddle off. Doing so will help them become more familiar with the freedom of movement that they have in the crib and make them more comfortable with not being swaddled when it comes to nighttime sleeping. Napping is important for your baby’s development, so make sure to keep up with nap time even during the transition process.

Step 4: Start Moving Bedtime From Snoo to Crib:

Setting Up a Comforting Sleep Area in the Crib

Once you’ve gotten through a few successful naps, it’s time to start transitioning bedtime from the Snoo to the crib. Try setting up a comforting sleep area in the crib with your baby’s favorite blankets and stuffed animals, then let them fall asleep in the crib for their bedtime routine. Doing this gradually will help them get used to the idea of going to sleep in the crib, and before you know it, they’ll be spending their nights there!

With the following steps, you’ll be able to transition your baby from their Snoo to the crib without too much fuss. Keep in mind that this process takes time – so don’t rush it! Take your time and follow the steps above and you should have no problem making this important transition as smoothly as possible.  Good luck!

Additional Tips and Tricks to Transition From Snoo to Crib

1. Prepare for the Transition Early: 

Start prepping your baby for the switch well ahead of time so that they don’t feel shocked or thrown off by the change. Consider beginning to wean them off of being rocked or swaddled during their naps in the Snoo, and transitioning back to a more traditional sleeping pattern.

2. Keep the Snoo in Your Baby’s Room:

Since your baby has grown accustomed to the presence of the Snoo and its soothing sounds, consider keeping it in their room for a few nights after transitioning to help them adjust. Plus, if they wake up crying or fussing during the night, you can use the Snoo to help soothe them back to sleep.

3. Introduce a New Bedtime Routine:

Incorporate elements of your old routine into the new one and make sure you’re consistent with it every night. This will help your baby understand that bedtime is time for sleeping, not playing or other activities. Make sure to incorporate activities like reading stories, singing songs, giving cuddles and/or massages, or playing with toys that can help them relax before bedtime. 

Incorporate Activities Like Reading Stories

4. Limit Stimulation Before Bedtime:

Just like adults, babies need time to wind down before they can get a good night’s sleep. This means limiting screen time, playing games, and other stimulating activities in the hours leading up to bedtime and instead focusing on calming activities that will help them fall asleep easily.

5. Talk to Your Baby:

Talking to your baby while they are in the Snoo and during the transition process can help them understand what’s happening and why. Talking about the change in a calm, soothing tone will also remind them that you are there for them if they need comfort or reassurance.

6. Consider a New Nighttime Toy or Blanket:

Giving your baby something familiar but new to hold onto during the transition can help them associate the crib with comfort and security. Consider introducing a special toy, blanket, or stuffed animal that they will only be able to use when in their crib to establish positive associations.   

7. Spend Time in the Crib Before Bedtime:

Encourage your baby to spend time playing on their own in the crib during the day and before bedtime. This will help them become more familiar with it, making it less intimidating and allowing them to feel safe while they are there.

Making the switch from Snoo to a crib can be tricky, but with some patience and preparation, you can make the transition successful. 

By introducing new sleep routines, talking to your baby about the change, and giving them something special to hold onto in the crib, you can help make their bedtime routine a positive one.

Making the Switch From Snoo to a Crib Can Be Tricky

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Best Age to Transition a Baby From a Snoo to a Crib?

The ideal age varies depending on your child’s development. Generally, babies should transition out of the Snoo between 3-5 months old when they can begin sleeping for longer periods without frequent awakenings or help to settle back to sleep.

What is the Easiest Way to Transition a Baby From Snoo to Crib?

The best way to transition your baby from the Snoo to the crib is gradually, in small steps over time. Start by having your baby nap in their crib for short periods of time during the day and slowly increase their comfort level with being in the crib for longer periods. Once your baby is accustomed to napping in the crib, you can then move on to nighttime sleep.

What Should I Do After Transiting My Baby From Snoo to Crib?

Once your baby has transitioned from their Snoo to a crib, it’s important to follow a consistent sleep routine and be consistent with your expectations. This will help to ensure that your baby is comfortable and happy in their new sleeping space. 

Additionally, you should also create a safe and comfortable environment in the nursery for your baby to sleep in with room temperature control, adequate ventilation, and blackout curtains or shades.

Do I Need To Buy Anything To Transition My Baby From the Snoo to a Crib?

Some parents may find it beneficial to purchase items that can help ease the transition, such as sleep sacks or swaddles. These items are designed to provide babies with a secure and comfortable feeling while they’re adjusting to a new sleeping space. Additionally, you may also want to purchase a crib mattress or other bedding items such as bumpers and blankets that are appropriate for your baby’s age and development.

Can I Keep Using the Snoo After My Baby Transitions to the Crib?

Once your baby has transitioned to the crib, you can keep using their Snoo if desired. You may find it helpful to use the Snoo for naps during the day or as a safe space during playtime. Additionally, you can also use it occasionally if your baby is having difficulty falling asleep in their crib. Ultimately, the decision is up to you and what works best for your family.

Use the Snoo for Naps


With the outlined above you should have knowledge about how to transition from snoo to crib. Allowing your baby to transition gradually, in small steps over time, and making sure you follow a consistent sleep routine are key factors for a successful transition. 

Additionally, it might be beneficial to purchase items such as sleep sacks or swaddles that can help ease the transition process. Finally, you can keep using the Snoo after your baby transitions to the crib if desired. By following these tips, you can ensure that your baby has a comfortable and happy experience transitioning from their Snoo to a crib.

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Loren Jones

Hi, my name is Loren. I live with my husband and 4 lovely kiddos in the Eastern part of San-fransisco. I have a smart beautiful,curious 6 year old daughter, a handsome 11-year-old son, an intelligent and tech geek 15 years old son and a creative, artistic 12-year-old stepson. With each of my kids being five years apart, I feel that I’m now continually phasing in and out of each stage of parenting! I’ve learned a lot about the way children learn and behave, especially in a school setting with regards to curriculum. I enjoy sharing that insight through my writing and hope that it can help others.

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