Moving Baby from Parents Room to Baby Room
Most parents (usually it's mama) find comfort in having their little one in the room with them when it comes to bedtime. You go from carrying this little bean in your belly for nine (lets face it ... TEN) months, feeling all the kicks, hiccups, and nudges through out the day. Then you finally meet your baby and the thought of not having them near you makes you worried! Along with the purchase of a crib some parents-to-be buy a bassinet to keep next to mom for bedtime and the occasional afternoon snooze ( because you know ... sleep when baby sleeps right?!)
Although room sharing with your little gives you a piece of mind and ease with night feedings, there will come a point when it's time for them to venture into their own space. Moving baby from your bedside to their uniquely put together nursery is bound to happen at some point but when exactly you make the move is up to you and your partner.
When is the right time to move the baby to their own room?
The answer to this question, I feel, is unique to everyone who is asking. Some only feel they need their little close for a short while, others may not rush them out at all - I for one am super guilty for this - and some parents may skip this room-sharing step all together which is perfectly fine! (quite impressive if you ask me because I clearly have no self control when my kids say they want to sleep with mommy and daddy).
According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, babies should sleep in their parents room for ideally the first year, but at least the first six months of life. Doing so is said to reduce the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) by as much as 50%.
Is your baby ready to move out to your room?
If you have been thinking of making the transition you should take into consideration a few things before you make your decision.
First and most important - Talk to your pediatrician. Get their input on what step you should be taking next. You don't always have to take their advice but it is always good to listen.
What milestones has your little one reached? Are they able to lift their head for tummy time ( this is essential for turning head left and right when on tummy)? Can they roll over front to back and back to front? Are they sleeping longer stretches and eating less at night? If the answer is yes to these questions you can be sure that your little could be ready to move into their own room.
But before you move them, here are some way to help them adjust slowly:
One of the best things you can do to prepare your baby for a move into their room is by spending time in there. Read books, look in the mirror, do some tummy time while your folding baby clothes. All the time that is spent in their room is helping them to become familiar with the area and see that is a good place to be.
If your child is older when making the transition you may need the advise above much more then those with a younger baby. Once they are aware that you exist even when they can't see you .. this is when it gets tricky for some. Fears can also come into play. They may say they are afraid of the dark, or monsters. Having them pick out their very own super cool bedding may really help them want to be in their room. Monsters? No problem, nothing like a spray bottle filled with water and lavender essential oil can't fix! Get creative.
Implementing a bedtime routine is always a good idea for any age. Children catch on quick and learn the pattern. Having something set that you do every night can help them prepare mentally for sleep. Winding down after dinner with a nice warm bath, a good book or movie usually is all it takes. Not every night may go smoothly but it all comes with time.
Tips in moving baby from parents room to baby room:
Nervous about the first night? Fear not! - sometimes I think that its harder for us then it is for the kids. Giving yourself a little check list to run down will help you to check off all your must have/do's.
1. Check to make sure all the bedding in the crib in snug and secure. Loose blankets or sheets can pose risk.
2. Get your baby monitor set up. Above the bed, next to the bed, wherever you choose. Make sure you have good view of your little so that you can check on them when you hear them stir.
It won't be easy, it take time and patience. If you find that your baby isn't taking the move well, you can always bring them back into your room and try the transition again in a few weeks. However, if you do decide that, make sure you continue to keep that bedtime routine in play so that he or she gets into a groove that will eventually end in a sleepy, snug baby, who is sound asleep in their perfectly put together nursery.