Moving your baby to their own room can be a huge ordeal for mums, especially if they have been in your bedroom since birth. And while it is entirely up to you when you do finally make the transition, there are a few things you need to consider before you move them.
Are you ready?
Above all else make sure you are ready for the transition, otherwise you will struggle with the change and they will be back in your room before the week is over. Your infant is only going to be small for so long so it is ok to want to enjoy their company for as long as you can.
How to tell they are ready
All babies have different personalities so while your first was in their own room by the time they were six months old, they same might not happen for your second or third.
While babies are considered to be able to sleep in their own room from about six weeks, the HSE recommends that you allow your baby to sleep in your own bedroom until they are at least six months old to reduce the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome or cot death.
Make sure everything is ready
You will need to make sure you have everything ready, most notably that you have a baby monitor in the room with them, before you do finally make the transition. This way you will be able to keep an eye on them even when they are in a different room.
Know the effect it can have on you
While there are a number of benefits to moving baby into their own room, it may take a little time to smooth things out.
- It is harder for you to get up for night feeds.
- You can miss hearing their breathing beside you.
- You may worry about them more when they are not beside you.
Benefits of moving baby into their own room
If you are still unsure about whether you want to move them, but are struggling to sleep yourself, it is important to know there are several benefits to putting baby into their own room.
- They learn to self soothe sooner
- Only one parent will be disturbed when baby wakes up.
- It will be easier for you to sleep.