When your baby was a newborn, she may have slept in your room. Whether you had her in a bassinet or moses basket, it may have been easier to have her near, especially if you were nursing every few hours.
But even though you love your baby more than you thought possible, there will probably come a time when you want her to sleep in her own room. So how do you know when it’s time to relocate your little one and regain your bedroom? The answer is, there is no hard and fast rule.
Some people prefer to have their child sleep in their room even into their toddler years. Other parents choose to have their baby sleep in their nursery right from the start, and some parents fall somewhere in between. When you transition your baby into her own space, is a personal preference.
But before moving your baby, there are a few things you may want to consider, which will help you figure out when the timing is right. For example, if your little roomie is sleeping for longer stretches, it may be a good time to make the move.
It’s also important to consider your baby’s age. Keep in mind, most bassinets have weight limits. If your little one is sleeping in a bassinet and is approaching the weight limit, it’s time for a move to a crib. Bassinet weight limits can range from 10 to 20 pounds, so check with the manufacturer.
If your baby looks cramped, it’s also a sign she may be ready for the transition to another space. You may also want to regain your own room. Whether you want privacy for you and your partner or just need a bit of space, don’t feel guilty. There is nothing wrong with wanting to reclaim your room.
Whenever you decide to move your baby into her own room, you may want to do it gradually. For instance, make sure she is familiar with her room before putting her down for the night. Spend time in her room reading, rocking and snuggling. Make it a familiar place where she will feel safe. Consider using her crib and room for daytime naps at first.
Some babies make the transition to their own room without a hitch while others have a tougher time. Try to be patient and consistent. If it makes you a bit nervous to have your baby sleep in her room alone, set up a baby video monitor so you can still keep an eye on her.
Written by MaryAnn Depietro
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