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When to Move Baby to Own Room?

Parents often sleep in the same room as their babies when they bring their new babies home. A shared bedroom makes it easier to breastfeed, change diapers, and soothe your baby at night. At what point do many families decide it’s time to move the child to a separate room? Some want their child to learn to sleep on their own. Others are driven crazy by their lack of sleep.

The decision to move the child to his room should be yours alone. You should feel comfortable with it. This should not be done under pressure from relatives, friends, or anyone else. We advise you not to relocate the child during the period of illness. Also, do not do this during any changes in the family. Do this when you can devote time to the child and there are no other changes.

Typical Age To Move baby to Own Room

Each child is individual. Pediatricians recommend taking into account what is best for all family members. There is no clear age when to move children to your bedroom. It can be 4, 6, 12 months and even later. Babies tend to become more alert and aware of their surroundings after six months.

It is recommended to transfer the child to his room from about 6-8 months. Children at this age are much better at adjusting to the details of their environment.

Signs That Baby is Ready For Moving Into Own Room

Remember that relocation to a separate room should not be forced. Take into account the following points if you are already mentally prepared to move the child to a separate room.

Number of night feeds

Consider the number of night feeds. It is easier when the child is nearby if he eats every 2-3 hours during the night. This way you can easily feed him and then go back to sleep. Transfer the baby should be when you feed him 1-2 times a night. The decision to move your baby also depends on how close the nursery is to yours. If the nursery is nearby, it is much easier than if the room is on another floor.

Sleep Quality

The child is not yet ready to go to the nursery if he sleeps restlessly and does not fall asleep on his own after waking up. It will be difficult for you to come to the nursery every time he wakes up. It’s time to think about moving your baby if he sleeps six hours or more peacefully.

Age

The risk of SIDS decreases by 6 months. Now you do not need to check the baby’s breathing every half an hour. You will feel much more comfortable moving the child to your room.

Awareness of the child

The child becomes more aware of his surroundings every month. Instead of sleeping at night, the baby may wake up and want to talk to you by six months. A sleepless night is guaranteed if it happens in the same room with you. Talk to your doctor to make sure your child is ready to move to a separate room. The doctor will tell you when to wait and when you can move the baby.

Waiting Too Long Before Moving Baby to Separate Room

Families in which parents sleep with their baby after six months are more likely to experience relationship difficulties. Co-sleeping eventually becomes problematic. This applies to parents and children.

The constant presence of a parent at bedtime can become a strong “sleep start association.” The child cannot sleep without your support. Children must learn to fall asleep without their parents.

Same sleep time does not suit everyone. Children of different ages need different amounts and hours of sleep. Older children have to go to bed earlier if the toddler shares his room with a sibling. This situation easily becomes unpleasant for everyone involved and the baby feels it.

Moving Baby to Own Room Way Earlier

Babies should sleep in their parent’s room for the first few months of life, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics. Moving a baby to his room much earlier than six months can lead to some problems.

SIDS

The number of deaths from SIDS from a month to four is an average of 1 child per thousand children. It is important to put the baby next to you during this period. The mother can control it all night when the baby sleeps in the cradle next to her. It is believed that the presence of parents in the room makes the child sleep more peacefully.

Difficulties with breastfeeding

Transferring the baby to a separate bedroom will make it harder for the mother to breastfeed. A breastfed baby in the first six months requires feeding every 3-4 hours. It is easier to breastfeed a baby when he is in the same room with his mother. No need to get up every five minutes and sneak into his room. You can feed your baby without getting out of bed.

Anxiety during colic

Colic disturbs the baby during the first months. Colic exhausts not only the baby but also the parents. Sleepless nights are guaranteed to parents if the child is moved to his room before the colic passes. A child who is in another room will have to shout louder and longer to be heard. Putting a crying baby to sleep is much more difficult.

The necessity of constant control

Moving a child to his room is undesirable if he needs additional supervision at night. This applies to premature babies, children with developmental delays, or children with chronic diseases. Hold off moving if there are temporary health problems, such as teething. The child should continue to live in the same room until these episodes have passed.

How quickly will the child get used to his room?

The time for the baby to master his room is individual. The whole process can take weeks. Prepare to spend a couple of weeks getting your child to sleep in their room. The baby may become more capricious before things get better. Be gentle, consistent, and prepared. Soon the whole process will be left behind.

A child may welcome change if he is calm. Then you won’t need much effort. Relocation to the nursery will go completely unnoticed for both you and the baby. Prepare for a long process if your baby is more anxious. A long period of resettlement will require you to be calm and gentle. Take into account the emotional well-being of the child.

The prospect of sleepless weeks during this time can seem daunting. May you rejoice in the thought that you are solving sleep problems for years to come. Try to keep this in mind when moving your child to your room.

Tips for Transferring Baby to Own Room

Use the tips on how to move your child as smoothly as possible. Stay consistent and stick to your decision to change rooms. You will succeed!

Arrange a bed

The sleep of the baby in his bedroom should be safe. The crib should be with a firm mattress and a stretched sheet. The sleeping place should be completely cleared of toys and extra blankets.

Set sleep mode

Compliance with the sleep schedule will help the child create a prerequisite for going to bed. Having these rules makes relocation easier. Now the child will perceive only a change of place and not a change in the whole ritual.

Keep a daily routine

Changing rooms can seriously disrupt a child’s life. Make it as easy as possible for your baby by keeping everything else in his life as familiar as possible.

Reschedule feeding

Move the feeding forward in advance if the baby is accustomed to feeding before bedtime. Feed one hour earlier. This will help your baby learn to fall asleep on his own. It will also help him learn to self-soothe himself if he wakes up in the middle of the night.

Introduce the child to his bedroom

Falling asleep in a familiar place will help the child transition to his room. Play with your child in his bedroom during the day and let him take a nap there.

Accustom gradually

For several nights, perform the bedtime ritual in the new room to make the child more comfortable. Put him down at night still in the same room with you.

Create a pleasant atmosphere

Set the room to a comfortable temperature between 68 and 72 degrees Fahrenheit. Hang blinds, put on a night light, and keep pets out of the room. Animals can disturb your child’s sleep by trying to play.

Use the same crib in the new room

It is important to calm the child. Don’t change everything at once. Move the baby’s crib to a new room. This will allow him to sleep in familiar conditions.

Put familiar things

The bedding smells familiar and is safe for the baby. Lay in the new room bed linen on which the child has already slept. You can put a blanket down so your baby can smell a familiar scent.

Keep your child company

Sleep in a new room with your baby for a few nights. Try a technique called “disappearing parent”. Sit by the crib for the first few nights until the baby is asleep. For the next few nights, sit between the crib and the door, then at the door, then outside the door.

Don’t force

Give your child a break if he wakes up in the middle of the night and cannot fall asleep on his own. Get your baby back to sleep in your room. The child will be able to handle his nocturnal awakenings once he learns to fall asleep on his own.

Calm down yourself

Install a baby monitor for your peace of mind. Set it up to notify you of motion or noise. The device will give you extra peace of mind. It will be possible to check the child without waking him.

 

You can spend the night in the nursery for the first few nights if you are worried that the baby is sleeping on his own. Moving a child to his room is often harder for the parents than for the child. Don’t be discouraged if you’re trying to move your baby to a crib and it doesn’t work. Move the child back to your room and try again in a couple of weeks.

Your baby will love their new place to sleep, even if you have a few rough nights. Give him that opportunity.

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