Babies in their own bedrooms?

Jodie - posted on 04/15/2009 ( 25 moms have responded )

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Hi, i was just wondering when did you put your babies into their own bedrooms or when are you planning on doing this? My daughter is nearly 5 months old and where moving into a bigger house at the weekend and just wondered if it was too early to do this or should i wait til she is 6 months old? Thanks, Jodie x-x-x

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Darcy - posted on 04/22/2009

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Addison-Rae started sleeping in her crib when she was 5weeks old....And i still use the monitor everynight

Elizabeth - posted on 04/20/2009

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Hi Jodie. Like some others, Graham was in his bed/room from day one. I on the other hand, slept in his room! He is now 20 weeks, and I think I finally moved back into my own room when he was 16 weeks. I use the monitor, but I sleep better not hearing every stirring motion, grunt, or sigh - just the cry if he doesn't make it through the night. Some nights I'll head for his room if the hubby is snoring too much :) Which leads to another possible reason for you to move her into her own room - normal and or abnormal sleeping sounds from you/spouse, coughing, talking in sleep, etc can disrupt her sleep cycle. Hope your move went well, and you are trying whatever you think will work for you.

Karen - posted on 04/20/2009

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I'm still co-sleeping with my 5 month old - and loving it.

My only thought for you is moving house can be a big deal for a little baby and it may be a lot to handle all at once. I wouldn't try moving your daughter if she's showing signs of stress.

Sara - posted on 04/20/2009

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We put Emily in her own room and in her crib at 5 weeks. She didn't seem to like the bassinet because her arms would hit the sides and she would wake herself up. She didn't like to be swaddled either so this was the best scenario for all of us. It was harder on me than it was for her but I knew I had the monitor beside my bed and would hear her if she cried. Not to mention that I could hear her without the monitor because she is right next door to our bedroom. We also have the AngelCare monitor (the one that has the sensor that goes underneath the mattress) and to be honest, it has saved me from sleepless nights. She also has the Grobag sleep sacks which I would say are high on my list of essential baby purchases.

Good luck with your decision.

Katia - posted on 04/20/2009

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Quoting Katia:



Quoting Amy:




Quoting Jenny:

We just put our daughter in her room this week. It has been tough with her crying, but we've been riding it out. Every night she cries for about a half hour until she falls asleep. After about 20 min., I'll walk in her room & place my hand on her chest, but I won't pick her up. That way she knows she's not alone. After a minute or so, I leave the room. Every night so far, she's cried for about 5-10 more minutes & than she's off to dreamland. It's so hard to do, but I've been told by several moms that we have to do it. Good luck!







You dont HAVE to do it and really shouldn't leave a baby to cry for more than 10 minutes (and that's for babies over 6 months) without helping them to calm down. It might "work" but have you considered the long term emotional damage you are doing? They may not remember or understand why they feel anxious and afraid of being abandoned as they grow up but this is a key time in their brain development with affect them for a long time, if not for life. There are kinder ways to help your baby sleep better.






There isn't any reasearch to back up your theory about long term emotional damage, if you don't let your baby cry thats up to you, personally I did let my daughter cry for 2 nights and every 5 to 10 minutes I would go in a talk and reasure her that i was there without picking her up and she was the same smiley baby in the morning as always, two nights like that and she is sleeping for 12 hours straight every night, and the same goes for naps.  she is in such a better mood during the day now... Sleep is soooo important for a developing brain and every expert agrees on that.


 





 

Kristi - posted on 04/19/2009

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My son (5 months 1 week) is still in our room, and will be until he grows out of his bassinet. We have a nice big one, so it might be a little while more. We all sleep fine, no one interrupts anyone!! As you can read by everyone else's answers, it is totally up to you. As long as there are no issues with the baby, then move him or her whenever works for you!! My little man always kicks his blankets off, and I tried those sleeping blankets - he cried for 1/2 hour straight til I said "done" and now he just sleeps in a onesie during the daytime nap, and a sleeper during the night!

Ashley - posted on 04/19/2009

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My DS has been in his own room and in his crib since he was 6 weeks old. Ever since I put him in his own room he has slept thru the night.

Heather - posted on 04/19/2009

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We moved our DD into her own room at 4 months, and we are all getting a better sleep because of it. Prior to moving her she was waking every 2 to 3 hours for a feed through the night, now we have a regular bed time and at least one 6 hour sleep overnight she has even slept through the night a few times :)

Jen - posted on 04/19/2009

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Quoting Michelle:



Hi Jodie,






My daughter has been in her own room from 8 weeks and I think that we all sleep better because of it.  I can still here her if she cries out or coughs.  She also sleeps in a grobag which I think helps them sleep better as they aren't disturbed by kicking their blankets off.






I LOVE those snuggly sleep sacks!  They are so perfect and you don't have to be sacred about your baby suffocating under blankets.  A onesie + sleeper just doesn't seem warm enough to me. 

Claire - posted on 04/19/2009

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my little girl is 5 month and has just started sleepin in her own room to make it easyer 4 her she started takin her afternoon nap in there and now sleeps all threw night in there now and its only been a week since we started her in there

Amanda - posted on 04/19/2009

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My son has been in his own room for a week. He sleeps better with no noise. I keep the monitor on as well. Don't worry about the crying, she will get used to it. It might be a little hard in a new environment but if you do it from day one, it might be easier on the both of you. It also depends on the child and how dependent they are for there parents. Best of luck.

Amy - posted on 04/17/2009

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Quoting Jenny:

We just put our daughter in her room this week. It has been tough with her crying, but we've been riding it out. Every night she cries for about a half hour until she falls asleep. After about 20 min., I'll walk in her room & place my hand on her chest, but I won't pick her up. That way she knows she's not alone. After a minute or so, I leave the room. Every night so far, she's cried for about 5-10 more minutes & than she's off to dreamland. It's so hard to do, but I've been told by several moms that we have to do it. Good luck!


You dont HAVE to do it and really shouldn't leave a baby to cry for more than 10 minutes (and that's for babies over 6 months) without helping them to calm down. It might "work" but have you considered the long term emotional damage you are doing? They may not remember or understand why they feel anxious and afraid of being abandoned as they grow up but this is a key time in their brain development with affect them for a long time, if not for life. There are kinder ways to help your baby sleep better.

Jodie - posted on 04/16/2009

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Thanks 4 replying, i see what you mean. Yep my daughte as got a grobag as well :D x

Michelle - posted on 04/16/2009

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Hi Jodie,



My daughter has been in her own room from 8 weeks and I think that we all sleep better because of it.  I can still here her if she cries out or coughs.  She also sleeps in a grobag which I think helps them sleep better as they aren't disturbed by kicking their blankets off.

Michelle - posted on 04/16/2009

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Hi Jodie,



My daughter has been in her own room from 8 weeks and I think that we all sleep better because of it.  I can still here her if she cries out or coughs.  She also sleeps in a grobag which I think helps them sleep better as they aren't disturbed by kicking their blankets off.

Jenny - posted on 04/15/2009

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We just put our daughter in her room this week. It has been tough with her crying, but we've been riding it out. Every night she cries for about a half hour until she falls asleep. After about 20 min., I'll walk in her room & place my hand on her chest, but I won't pick her up. That way she knows she's not alone. After a minute or so, I leave the room. Every night so far, she's cried for about 5-10 more minutes & than she's off to dreamland. It's so hard to do, but I've been told by several moms that we have to do it. Good luck!

Amy - posted on 04/15/2009

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It's really up to you. Like the first response - some people have them in their own room from day one, I prefer to have them close by because it's easier for feeds. We moved when Luke was about 4 months and put him in his own room then. Moving house is a good time as they won't expect any different. If you wait too long baby might be in your room for a long time because they start remembering more - so really depends if you are ok with this. Easier not to have to go to another room for feeds/resettling but you hear less grunts so you sleep better (as long as you aren't worrying about them) - I have one of the movement/breathing monitors but haven't used it with my 2nd as I'm more relaxed.

Leanne - posted on 04/15/2009

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I haven't moved Conor into his own room yet. He is sleeping through the night and we like having him close (without being in the bed with us). I have been considering it recently too...not yet!

User - posted on 04/15/2009

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Both of my kids went into their own rooms around 3 months. The first few nights were rough because I worried but I think I heard them over the moniter better than when they were in our room!

Kristel - posted on 04/15/2009

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DD started sleeping in her room at about 12 weeks. I still sleep with the monitor on, and if it's during the day, I carry the monitor around with me.

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I put my son in his own room when he was 2 months old. It wasn't hard for him but it was hard for me. He sleeps way better now that he is in his own room. I kept his monitor on up until a month ago even though his in the bedroom right beside me it was just more comfortable for me.

Melissa - posted on 04/15/2009

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hi jodie. i had my son in his own room from day 1... its really up to you when ur ready.

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