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July 12, 2023

How to Transition Your Baby From a Crib Swing to a Crib

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Use two 1"x2" pieces cut at 23 1/2" and 48 1/2 ", and secure them inside each end of your frame 3/4'' from the top with glue & nails.


Babies often sleep soundly in their swing and quickly fall asleep when placed there, however as your baby grows and ages it's important to transition him into his crib bed for both naps and bedtime - this process tends to be much smoother at bedtime compared to naptime.

Crib swings offer many infants a soothing motion similar to being inside their mother's womb, helping soothe fussy infants and ease them into sleep.

To start building the frame, take four 1''x 4'' pieces and cut two 26 1/2-inch lengths from them; these will then be attached with glue and finish nails to longer pieces that were cut at 52". Once your frame is assembled, install decorative side boards using glue and two inch finish nails; make sure the board sits flush against the ceiling to provide additional support for your swing! It would also be prudent to use a stud finder as this will provide added stability for it.

Seating Lattes

Babies love motion, and many babies prefer sleeping nestled into a baby swing, car seat, rocker or other baby chair. Pediatricians advise moving these seats as soon as possible into cribs for sleeping due to increased risk of suffocation. Keep in mind that your child can still play and hang out on the swing during the daytime; just reframe it as an activity area where they do their favorite activities instead of just as an overnight spot.

To create seating lattes, cut four 1"x 6" strips at 50 1/2'' each to form a bench-like seat platform that fits on top of the frame supports you constructed in step two. Arrange these evenly apart and secure them using wood glue and two inch finish nails.

Rail Caps

Unoften overlooked, rail caps of your swing add an eye-catching final touch to the appearance. Made from wood and painted to match or contrast with your crib swing frame color scheme, they make for an excellent way to display photos or memorabilia.

When purchasing these caps, aim for those with low profiles and no ties - these could potentially catch baby's eye and pose a choking hazard. Instead, search out designs featuring simple yet clean designs with secure reinforced anchor systems for maximum safety.

DIY project? For maximum coverage and protection of your posts, cut 13 boards at 2 pieces 28'' long and 1 piece 50 1/2''. When assembling, lay the two shorter pieces first before fitting the longer piece in between them so it sits flush against your post tops. Secure using glue and 14'' finish nails - this approach offers maximum coverage and protection!

Bottom Trim

Crib swings can be invaluable sanity-saving tools when used correctly (for instance soothing an upset baby so you can prepare dinner). But they shouldn't replace a crib completely and should never become an overnight sleep solution for infants; their gentle rhythmic motion may provide beneficial neurological stimulation, while falling asleep while on one could limit oxygen to their brain and lead to serious adverse consequences.

Nat created an attractive bottom trim to protect the back of her porch swing from damage and add aesthetic appeal. She cut two 1x4 boards at 26 1/2" lengths and butted them against two 2''x 4'' pieces attached at the base of the frame using glue and two inch finish nails. Glue was also used to secure these overhanging pieces of wood to the frame for extra security - giving your DIY porch swing an impressive finishing touch!

Hanging Rails

A swing can be an invaluable sanity-saver for parents (provided that there aren't too many kids!), but it should never replace a crib as a sleeping space. Even if your child has been sleeping in their swing for some time now, gradually transitioning them over to sleeping in their crib will prevent any sleep associations being formed that they'd find hard to break later on.

If you still intend on using your crib mattress, simple hanging rails can be added to the back of the swing frame. Cut two 1-in x 3in pieces at 28in each and attach these with glue and 1 1/4" finish nails inside of both front and back posts of the swing frame.

Repurposing an old crib into a wagon, chalkboard, or easel are among the many inventive ideas for its reuse. Prodigal Pieces made a beautiful easel from an adorable crib head and footboard; and Tidbits has this one ready to look lovely on any porch!