When is a good age to put my son in his nursery?

Toni - posted on 01/21/2011 ( 2 moms have responded )




I have an almost 3 month old and I want to know when is a good time to put him in his nursery at night? I'm also nervous about how I'm going to be. I'm so used to him being beside me at night, where I know he is safe and sound. How do other moms handle the separation? and what is the best method to get him to sleep and like being in his room? Thank you.


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Ganesa - posted on 01/21/2011




I think this is a really personal choice and you just need to follow your instincts and the needs of your child. My first child, a boy, went to his own bed at about 2 months, but he was bottle fed. My second child never really slept with me, she didn't enjoy it and was simply more comfy on her own but my third, another girl, whom I nursed for 15 months slept with me for most of that time. I should point out that it was pretty hard to get her to sleep in her own bed by the time I was ready for her to do so, but she did eventually after some tears and trials. My sis-in-laws put all their kids to bed on their own straight from birth though and they all go to sleep really well on their own :) So I think it's totally up to you, how you feel about it, how your partner feels about it and what you feel your baby needs. There is no right or wrong answer here. :)

Laura - posted on 01/21/2011




It's totally up to the parent and child. When my boys were little and I was still breastfeeding I found it much easier to just have him right beside me so we did that for 5 and 6 months. With my second he kept getting up in the middle of the night and saw me and would wake up, when we moved him into his brother's room he actually slept through the night because he would get up and not see me and just go back to sleep. The first few nights is hard, I kept getting up to go check on them even though I had a baby monitor. Then you get used to it.

To get him to like being in his room put something familiar in there. If you have a nightlight he uses, or even a piece of your clothing with your sent on it, and you may have to sit with him until he falls asleep if he's afraid of you leaving him. Good luck

*Edited to add* My kids never really slept with me unless I fell asleep nursing them or they wanted to be held I had a bassinet and then a crib right beside my bed.

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