when is a good age to move my baby into his own room??

Sally - posted on 04/10/2009 ( 35 moms have responded )

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My son is 13 months old and is still in our room in his cot beside us and i just wanted to know when everyone else moved there kids into there own room like what age were your children???

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Mel - posted on 04/13/2009

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i like the comments about the noise thing our daughter has always had a radio in her room but its only low volume and i stll cant do washing or anything without her waking i cannot even open the door to check on her because she somehow hears it and doesnt go back to sleep just gets grumpy in the car she wakes up if the music is too late or between track changes on the cd, if people talk to loud or if theres a sudden noise, shes been in and out of hospital and dosnt sleep at the hospital and wont ever sleep in her pram while out. so its kind of annoying that i dont take her out at all during the week i guess some babies are just difficult sleepers

Stephanie - posted on 04/12/2009

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It's important to you and baby to gain your sense of independence back. The sooner baby can sleep on his/her own in their bed, the better for both of you. I was scared with my first and I think he was probably 9 months, but with my 2nd and 3rd, they were both sleeping in thier own beds in their own rooms as soon as they could roll over. Good luck. It seems weird at first, but it gets easier every day you can wake up a little on your own. :)

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Quoting Sally:

thank you everyone for your comments!! they have help me i still havent moved him but maybe i will soon. He loves sleeping in the same room as us so im not sure how it is going to go?? i have moved him in to his room on his own before but i sleep better and he does to when he is in with us! so i think thats what is stopping me from moving him into his own room!!


Sounds to me that you are not sure about moving your baby into their own room yet! I have a different opinion to everyone who wrote here!! I have a 4.5 year old and a 6 month old. My older one has just been in her room in her bed, since her sister was born! We wanted her with us. I never felt comfortable having her in another room. I still find it hard to leave her there alone. But she is happy now to do so. Our 6 month old is with us, and will stay with us! Until she is old enough to be in a bed and can share the room with her sister. Do what you feel is right. Don't go by what other people tell you they think is right. I just worried about my baby and worried about SIDS and just wanted baby in my room. They get use to sleeping with noise around them anyway.



Hope you follow your gut instinct!

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Both my children went into their own room from day one; as soon as we returned home from hospital. No problems, no nightmares or such like.

My elder daughter, now 32, slept through the night from 8 weeks aned was dry at night at 11 months.

My second daughter slept through the night from 12 weeks and wasn't dry at night till nearly 18 months; so I don't think being 'separated' from us made an iota of difference.

They always liked their own space where they could have their own things and having 'their' room was easier for me for keeping things tidy and I wasn't falling over nappies etc.

Angela - posted on 04/10/2009

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My son was 8 weeks old when he went into his own room and this is when he went off his night feeds.

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Bonnie - posted on 09/22/2012

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My first went into his own room at 6 months and my second went in his own room at 9 months. After I stopped breastfeeding at night is when I started to move them out. I was reluctant to move out my second as he had only slept in my arms since he was newborn. I was surprised how well he took to sleeping on his own. He started sleeping all night almost right away. (We did/do have to let him cry it out everyonce in a while, but only ever 15 minutes until he gives up.) I do miss the snuggling sometimes but I am so much happier with him in his own room. Everyone sleeps better.

Jeanne - posted on 04/13/2009

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My daughter was with me in her crib for the first eight months of her life as I was living in a 1 bedroom appartment and there was no where else to put her.  My son slept in his crib in his own room the first day we brought him home from the hospital.  And I must admit that it is easier to get my son to self soothe to put himself to sleep that it was with my daughter because he's always been in his own room.

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Quoting Edith:

at birth! A baby needs to learn from the begining that he or she does not need someone in the room with them all the time. Also a trick from my grandmother was to place a radio or some type of sound in the room. The child becomes to used the noise when they are trying to sleep...it keeps them from being awoken by people talking, the vacuum running and other kids playing near by. We all want to coddle and protect the little ones... but we need to also make them a little independent from the start. I have raised 7 daughters... and they are ALL great... well adjusted and doing fine... some are in college, one in the navy and one in high school! Enjoy them while they are little because when you blink they are all grown up! Have Fun!


No offense as far as the radio in the room, there is a flip side to that, if ever they sleep somewhere that is completely quiet they may not be able to fall asleep as well, I have a friend who cannot go to sleep when it is quiet, he has to put at least a fan on or some sort of noise to fall asleep and he is 25 so I would make sure there are nights with noise and some without as far as that goes(pretty much just do your normal routine)...also I haven't done it but apparently there has been research about co-sleeping, which this situation is really close to that has shown that there are a lot of benefits to sleeping in the same room as well.....so really it is more about what you are comfortable with, me personally I get better sleep when they are in their own rooms, but my friend sleeps better when her little one is right there near her....and both of our kids are happy and fine and are adjusting just fine.





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Quoting Edith:

at birth! A baby needs to learn from the begining that he or she does not need someone in the room with them all the time. Also a trick from my grandmother was to place a radio or some type of sound in the room. The child becomes to used the noise when they are trying to sleep...it keeps them from being awoken by people talking, the vacuum running and other kids playing near by. We all want to coddle and protect the little ones... but we need to also make them a little independent from the start. I have raised 7 daughters... and they are ALL great... well adjusted and doing fine... some are in college, one in the navy and one in high school! Enjoy them while they are little because when you blink they are all grown up! Have Fun!


No offense as far as the radio in the room, there is a flip side to that, if ever they sleep somewhere that is completely quiet they may not be able to fall asleep as well, I have a friend who cannot go to sleep when it is quiet, he has to put at least a fan on or some sort of noise to fall asleep and he is 25 so I would make sure there are nights with noise and some without as far as that goes(pretty much just do your normal routine)...also I haven't done it but apparently there has been research about co-sleeping, which this situation is really close to that has shown that there are a lot of benefits to sleeping in the same room as well.....so really it is more about what you are comfortable with, me personally I get better sleep when they are in their own rooms, but my friend sleeps better when her little one is right there near her....and both of our kids are happy and fine and are adjusting just fine.





Edith - posted on 04/13/2009

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at birth! A baby needs to learn from the begining that he or she does not need someone in the room with them all the time. Also a trick from my grandmother was to place a radio or some type of sound in the room. The child becomes to used the noise when they are trying to sleep...it keeps them from being awoken by people talking, the vacuum running and other kids playing near by. We all want to coddle and protect the little ones... but we need to also make them a little independent from the start. I have raised 7 daughters... and they are ALL great... well adjusted and doing fine... some are in college, one in the navy and one in high school! Enjoy them while they are little because when you blink they are all grown up! Have Fun!

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Also I thought I would mention, cause I just went down the page and replied as I went, that also too, if him sleeping in the same room doesn't bother you, there is nothing wrong with that....if you aren't ready to move him out then don's but if you are I am sure there will be a time of transition, but then when you do decide to move him he will end up being just fine.

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Quoting Lyanda:

i have 3 boys the first 2 went into there own rooms at 6 months as i have a 3 beedroom house the 3rd is 7 months old and still in our room and i am reluctant to move him out coz he will have to share with 1 of the others, for me 6 months worked well.


Just thought I would let you know that my younger son and olders on are not quite 20 months apart and I had them in the same room as soon as the younger one could not sleep in a bassinet....but it also depends on how the one he would have to share with treats the baby and what stage your 7 month old is at.





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I had a bassinet with both of my boys, and once they were too big/rolled over in it, I put them in their own room after that....my younger one shares a room with his brother so it probably made it easier...but I would suggest try moving his bed (keep it in the same room)as far away from yours that you can, and then when he is used to that you can move it into the other room and when he gets up, just keep putting him back and he will learn that you will still be there...or you can just skip to putting him in his own room, and putting him back in his bed until he is asleep....it really depends on which way you feel is best for your child.

Danielle - posted on 04/13/2009

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I moved my son over to his own room at 3 months. It's been a couple of weeks but he's doing great. He does his naps in there through the day and then down at 830p-900p and up at 700a. I think it's more when you are comfortable with it. He is going through a developmental leap and so he's been throwing temper tantrums when tired or getting tired so the 5 minute cry it out rule has been in effect in our household recently. But before that, we didn't have any issues.

Mel - posted on 04/13/2009

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Hi, have read all comments interesting and its very hard to move them into their own room have u got a baby monitor? ours is a light sleeper and is 12 months now but could never sleep in the same room as us. what helped me to get used to it was that brianna was in hospital for a month and a half from 2 months old a bit less i think. they had her in a cot there by herself as we didnt stay every night and it made me feel more comfortable doing it at home. its hard. i still keep checking the baby monitor at night wondering if she's ok. dont do it if you dont feel right about it yet but i also personally beleive they can get to used to being with you and wont want to go into their own room good luck

Sally - posted on 04/12/2009

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thank you Wendy Martin thats what i needed to hear we dont bother him when his sleeping and what you said is exactly how i am feeling my friend has said i should of moved him already but i just dont feel in my gut thats its the right time he doesnt bother my partner or me by being in with us.

Melissa - posted on 04/12/2009

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My first baby stayed with us until she was 5 or 6 months. We are now on our 2nd and I've learned we need our own room just as much as he needs his room. We are in the process of putting his room together and he should be in there in the next week....he'll be 5 months old. I think once you get they're pattern down of when they wake up and stuff, they're good to go!

Andrea - posted on 04/12/2009

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My boys were in their own room from 2 - 3 weeks old - I was blessed they both slept from 8pm till 5am from the day we come out of hospital.  We have since moved into a two bedroom place my eldest is 18 months and youngest is 7 months and they have been sharing the same room since before christmas and love it.



I hope this helps.

Sally - posted on 04/12/2009

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thank you everyone for your comments!! they have help me i still havent moved him but maybe i will soon. He loves sleeping in the same room as us so im not sure how it is going to go?? i have moved him in to his room on his own before but i sleep better and he does to when he is in with us! so i think thats what is stopping me from moving him into his own room!!

Katie - posted on 04/10/2009

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I put my daughter in her own room at 2 months. It was the best thing we did. EVERYONE slept better. The longer you wait the harder it will be for them so I would say to go ahead and do it now!

Stephani - posted on 04/10/2009

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my daughter started sleeping through the night by the time she was a month old and we actually started to interfer with her sleep, so she moved into her room at a month.

Amanda - posted on 04/10/2009

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Quoting Sally:

when is a good age to move my baby into his own room??

My son is 13 months old and is still in our room in his cot beside us and i just wanted to know when everyone else moved there kids into there own room like what age were your children???



I'm in the same boat here. We live in an apartment and have little space. Our room is good size. So our son who is 8 months is still in our room. His half brother who is 3 is in the other room.

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I have 3 sons, they all started out in our room so I wouldn't have to go upstairs all night for nursing them.  When they outgrew their bassinet, we moved them to the crib in their own room.  The older two now share a room in their own beds and the youngest is in his own room since he wakes up more often.  Being in their own room helps everyone get the sleep they need.  I do know from what my friends have told me that the longer you wait, the harder the transition is for everyone involved.  But once its over and everyone is sleeping well, the rest is your reward.

Briana - posted on 04/10/2009

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I have one daughter and one on the way.  We used a bassinet in our room until she was too big for it around 4 months old. We then moved her to her crib in her own room and she has had no problems at all. She is now 20 months old and sleeps in her room all night waking up occasionally for milk and a diaper change.0

Jodie - posted on 04/10/2009

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I put my son in his own room at around 6 months this is when he grew out of his bassinet. He coped much better in a cot and in a peaceful room. My daughter is 3 months ad is quiet a light sleeper ia m thinking about putting her in her own room a little sooner ... we'll see. after 6 months seems to be a good age.

Abby - posted on 04/10/2009

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both my kids were in thier cots in thier own rooms by 5mths. I too was reluctant with my first baby to put her in a room away from me but I always had the baby monitor on my bedside table turned right up so I could hear her breathing from the other bedroom and that helped me to get a better nights sleep in the beginning...good luck, hun. xo

Anita - posted on 04/10/2009

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Our son whom is 19mths old has now slept in his room for the past week and it has taken us 2 days and two nights to get him to self soothe and learn to fall asleep without our help.  We had always co-slept with him since day one.  We decided to try it at this age because we feel he has a good understanding of what we expect from him and what we are trying to do.  We can also communicate with them and they will acknowledge you if u ask them a open/close qtn, Not to mention my husband and I have decided we would like to have another child.

Sally - posted on 04/10/2009

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thank you everyone this does help i think its me that doesn't want him to leave our room which is silly i know but i love that he is right beside me!

Tahlee - posted on 04/10/2009

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our son whent in to his own room when he was a few days old because we had no room in our room it was just to small and he was fine and sleeped fine he sleeps all night and always has he is now 15months old

Francesca - posted on 04/10/2009

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both of my children were put in their own room at three months i gave them their last feed at 9.30 and put them in the cots and off they went!... i slept alot better and so did they.

Allie - posted on 04/10/2009

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our little girl went into her own room when she needed to go into the cot as our room is too small. about two months, she was just fine in there on her own and she sleeps really well at night. good luck

Samantha - posted on 04/10/2009

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well when i had my son i moved him into his own roob when he was 1 but then i put my daughter in her own room when she was 6 months old i think anytime after 6 months is fine hope that helps sam

Lesley - posted on 04/10/2009

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hi. i moved my son into his own room at 8 months!!! best thing i ever did. he slept much better, not being disturbed by us!!!!

Lyanda - posted on 04/10/2009

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i have 3 boys the first 2 went into there own rooms at 6 months as i have a 3 beedroom house the 3rd is 7 months old and still in our room and i am reluctant to move him out coz he will have to share with 1 of the others, for me 6 months worked well.

Lyanda - posted on 04/10/2009

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i have 3 boys the first 2 went into there own rooms at 6 months as i have a 3 beedroom house the 3rd is 7 months old and still in our room and i am reluctant to move him out coz he will have to share with 1 of the others, for me 6 months worked well.

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