How Long Should Your Baby Sleep in Your Room?
Get tips for moving your baby out and advice for new parents.
Many parents ask and search, "how long should babies sleep in parent’s room"? This question is popular among new parents.
Like every parent, you're probably keeping your newborn baby in your room and close to you. But soon, you'll want to have your space but only when the time is right and your baby is ready to move out of your room.
In this article, we will discuss this matter and we also share articles that were written by professionals that others like you, found helpful. You can also book online sessions with these Experts to seek parenting advice that's tailored to your needs.
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When Should Your Baby Move into His Own Room?
According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, babies should sleep in the parent’s room for a minimum of 6 months. Ideally, 12 months but not in the same bed.
This reduces the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) by 50%. Whilst the cause of SIDS is unknown, it usually happens when babies are asleep.
Your baby is also used to your womb and needs to adjust to life outside of it and the sound of your voice and even breathing is comforting for him. This is why it's better to keep him close by.
Keeping your baby within reach, also makes it easier for you to feed him when needed. After all, newborns might sleep a lot but they tend to wake up often during the night.
If you've been struggling to bond with your baby, keeping him in your room will help with the connection.
Here's a parenting checklist that Experts have contributed to.
Signs Your Baby is Ready to Move Out
Before seeing these signs, it's important to check with your doctor or pediatrician first to see if your baby is ready to move out of your room.
If your baby sleeps for 6 hours or more without waking up, then chances are he's ready to move into his own room. If your child is still waking up every 2-3 hours or so, then it's best not to move him out and keep him with you.
Another sign is when he can rollover. Just ensure that his crib or new bed is secure so that he cannot fall off.
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Helpful Tips for Moving Your Baby Out
Ensure that your baby's crib is secure and has a fitted sheet and a firm mattress. You should also keep his sleeping space clear of toys, cot bumpers, or anything else that can be hazardous.
It's also a good idea to have his room close to yours.
Get your baby used to the new room:
Don't throw your baby out into the deep end. Get him used to his new room slowly. Babies can sense their surroundings. So, let him spend some time in his new room during the day.
You can also place him in his new bed during daytime naps.
Use a video monitor:
Thanks to technology, you can keep an eye on your baby at all times! This way, even when you're busy around the house, you'll be at ease knowing you can still watch your baby without being with him.
Also, keep the monitor close to you at night.
By establishing a sleep routine, it will make it easier to move your baby into his new room. Monitor your baby's sleep patterns, such as when he takes naps, etc and then set a time for naptimes and bedtimes.
When putting your baby to sleep, create a relaxing and soothing environment. Dim the lights and keep your home noise-free. You can also sing a lullaby and rock your baby until he falls asleep.
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We wish you the best of luck in this new stage of your parenting journey. We understand that being a parent comes with many challenges.
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