Moving Baby to Own Room

Sharing a room with your baby can be a special experience, but eventually, the time comes to transition them to their own space. Moving a baby from their parents room can look different for many families. Some parents may be bed sharing. Some parents may have their baby in a bassinet. Some parents may have their baby in a crib in the same sleep space but across the room. Regardless of the situation, the decision to move your baby into their own room can be bittersweet. 

Moving Baby to Own Room

Moving Baby to Own Room

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends room sharing for the first six to twelve months to reduce the risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS). However, deciding when to move your baby to their own room can be challenging for many parents. Today, we’re discussing the process of moving your baby to their own room; when, what, and how you should go about the process. 

When Should I Move My Baby to Their Own Room? 

Deciding when to move your baby to their own room depends on various factors such as their sleep habits, age, and parental preferences. Considering the risk of SIDS is a large factor. Consider the strength of your child and the age. Generally, it’s recommended to make the transition between four to six months of age, but every child is different. Pay attention to your baby’s cues and readiness for the move. 

What to Consider Before Moving My Baby to Their Own Room? 

Before making the transition, consider factors such as your baby’s sleep routine, safety precautions, and how to ensure a smooth adjustment. Creating a sleep-friendly environment with black out shades, a white noise or a noise machine can help reduce disturbance and encourage better sleep habits. 

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How to Move My Baby to Their Own Room?

Tip #1:

Establish a Bedtime Routine: Start by creating a consistent bedtime routine to help your baby associate their room with sleep. You can start establishing a bedtime routine as early as you want. It can be as simple or as structured as you want it to be. The more you enjoy it and the more peace you find in it, the more relaxing it will be for your child. 

Tip #2:

Gradual Transition: Some babies are unbothered by the transition to their room. Others benefit from a gradual transition. You can ease your baby into their own room by starting with naps. And then moving to a full transition that includes nights. 

Tip #3:

Ensure Safety: Babyproof the room by removing any potential hazards and ensuring the crib meets safety standards.  Crib safety is vital and overwhelming. Use our blog, “5 Crib Hazards and How to Avoid Them,” to give yourself a check list of preventable measures.  

Tip #4:

Encourage self-soothing: Teach your baby to self-soothe by gradually reducing the amount of assistance needed to fall asleep. Sleep training could be a great option at this point. Use your chosen method and be consistent. The more consistent you are with your approach, the less confusing it will be for your baby on how you will respond. 

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Tip #5:

Patience, Grasshopper: Moving your baby to their own room may take time and patience. All your baby has known their entire life has been your room. Potentially your cuddles, if you have been bed sharing or co-sleeping. Be prepared for setbacks and adjustments along the way. Your baby will need time to adjust. Progress isn’t linear, and you will have bad days mixed in with the good. 

PRO TIP: Are you considering moving your baby into his or her siblings room? While this can be done, take some time to consider the pros and cons of room sharing. Check out our blog, “How Sibling Room Sharing Impacts Sleep: Everything You Need to Know,” before making the big transition for both siblings. 

There are plenty of reasons to move your baby to their own room. Not only does it provide parents with more privacy and better sleep habits, but it also encourages independence in the baby. In coordination with sleep training, babies will learn to self-soothe and essentially sleep better in their own space. It will take less time for your baby to fall asleep, and overnight, sleep will elongate. 

Transitioning your baby to their own room is a significant, bittersweet milestone for both parents and babies. By following these tips and considering your baby’s individual needs, you can ensure a smooth and safe transition. Remember to prioritize your baby’s comfort and safety while also promoting healthy sleep habits. 

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If you’ve tried these tips and are still up all night long with your infant or baby, we are here to help! If your child is unable to fall asleep, stay asleep, or wake up at a normal time, it may be time to consider sleep training. Sleep Shore offers personalized solutions for each unique sleeping situation to get your little one on track- whether they’re a newborn, infant, or toddler. Sleep training offers babies and children with the skills to fall asleep on their own so they can wake up feeling more well-rested- and in turn, you’ll feel more energized, too! See what this mama had to say about our sleep services below: 

“Life has changed so much for us since sleep training. My husband and I had tried everything and our methods of helping our little girl sleep weren’t working anymore. Our whole household was affected. Our days centered around trying to get her enough sleep. We started sleep training with Sleep Coach Molly and I was shocked the first time she initiated sleep without having to be fed or held to sleep.

During our journey we had to break some sleep association habits and it was challenging but Molly was there to give us advice and encouragement. Our little girl Ella is so much happier now. I feel like I can be a better mom because I’m not constantly running on fumes from sleep deprivation. Sleep training has positively impacted our whole family and we are ever so grateful to Molly and the Sleep plan she curated just for our daughter!” Mom of a 4-Month-Old

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