What age did you put your baby in his own room to sleep at night?

Tara - posted on 03/03/2009 ( 479 moms have responded )

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My baby has slept in his moses basket since he was born, he is now 8 weeks old & getting too big for it! We are getting his cot in a week & are thinking about having him in our room in the cot for a few weeks to get him used to it and then moving him into his own room. But is that too early? He'll only be about 12 weeks old.

I know the proffesionals reccomend them sleeping in your room for the first 6 months but just wondered what anyone else has done?

I think sometimes coz he's in our room i hear every little noise he makes so assume he is awake when actually if i left him he would probably just settle himself & go back to sleep.

Opinions please??! :)

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I didnt have a lot of spare cash so i bought a porta-cot with a basinet insert in it. They both slep in it, in their own room from the day they came home from the hopspital (1 week old). I had the monitor on at all times up loud enough so i heard every noise (including the clock ticking). They never had a problem getting to sleep and as they got bigger I took the insert out. My son went into his own bed at 12mths when his sister arrived and took over the cot lol.

Misty - posted on 03/10/2009

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Please...mine is 7 and still crawls into bed with me!!! Seriously, that is a personal decision and you should do whatever makes you the most comfortable.  It is a difficult task getting a toddler to sleep in their own bed so it is best to do it ASAP or they will be 20 before they leave the bed...at least that's how I feel!

Missy - posted on 03/10/2009

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i didn't start putting my lil girl a sleep by herself until she was to heavy for the basinet pack'n play thing...i was always werid of sids and that..plus it was easier for getting up in the middle of the night...

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My son was put in at 2 weeks.. he was a very active sleeper and so we decided that we should both be kept up 24/7

Julie - posted on 03/10/2009

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Hi! Go for it...you'll sleep better and you will thank yourself down the road when he actually enjoys going to his own room to sleep. Through observation during baby's naptime you'll notice their sleep habits and know that even though noise is being made they are still aspeep. You are absolutely right when you say you hear everything while the baby is in your room...this may not bother baby, but it disrupts your sleep. A grumpy mommy makes for a grumpy baby. Just some thoughts...

Amanda - posted on 03/10/2009

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my son slept in our room until he was 11 weeks old. we used the hammock that now come on the playpens, and when he outgrew it i tried letting him sleep in the playpen without the hammock and it was the worst night for both of us! since he has been in his room we have both slept beautifully! good luck! =)

Dawn - posted on 03/10/2009

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I had our daughter in our room until 7 months. We put the crib in our room after she outgrew the basinet. When she reached 7 months we put the crib in her room and she has been there ever since. With no problems...

Kendra - posted on 03/10/2009

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We always put our son in his own room.  We used the baby monitor and I was a complete obsessive and checking him so many times throughout the night, but it made things so much easier when he was older.  My neice (who is 5 days older than my son) always slept in her parents room, and sometimes in their bed...now they have a few sleep issues where she wants to be in bed with them.  I don't have those problems with my son, and he is a fabulous sleeper.



Although I do believe that each child is different and mother know's best, so go with your gut and what you are comfortable with. 

Sarah - posted on 03/10/2009

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For both my daughters I have put them in their cribs for naps starting about 6 weeks and put them in for the night about 6 months.

Melissa - posted on 03/10/2009

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I put my son in his room 2 days after we came home from hospital.  We have a baby monitor so i could still hear him. 

Mikki - posted on 03/10/2009

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My daughter was 2 weeks old and has slept through the night since the first night home, she will be 14 this summer and I NEVER had any problems with her

Sherry - posted on 03/10/2009

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My son is 9 months old tomorrow and he's been in his own room since we brought him home. We always have the monitor on and he's been fine. As a new mom I wasn't sure I would hear him... I hear everything even when he toots! lol

Raelynn - posted on 03/10/2009

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I had a baby moniotor by the crib so right when they came home from the hospital they were in thier own room. otherwise it's hard for you to sleep and for them to get used to sleeping with out the sounds from you. But what ever works best for you if you can't sleep I would move your son as soon as possiable



Just my thoughts

Jayme - posted on 03/10/2009

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well i put my daughter in her cot wen she was bout 4 months cause she was geting to bnig for her bassinette but seriously if hes getting to big for his now there is no harm in having him in his own room and if ur worried bout not hearing him baby monitors!!!! anyway luv good luck

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We had my son's cot in our room for the first 4 months. But that was only because his room had some ceiling work to be done. It is so true every little noise I heard I would jump up to check him and feed him. I find now that he is in his own room (he's 7 months old) he sleeps a lot better and when he makes a small noise he settles off back to sleep himself.

But his room is joined to our room so he is very close by. If your sons room is quite far from your room I recommend that he stay in your room until at least 6 months.

Tamara - posted on 03/10/2009

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I had my daughter in her own room from about 3 weeks. I had a basinet but never used it, she slept in her cot. She  sleeps from 7pm-7am. Always has from the day i put her in her cot. I think earlier is better because then you dont have to go thru the whole not sleeping because someone else isnt in the room with them. But thats just my opinion. Do what works for you

Melisa - posted on 03/10/2009

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I put both my kids in there own room at 3 months. The sooner the better other wise they will never leave your room.

Stacyann - posted on 03/10/2009

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From the moment I brought all 3 of my children home they slept in there own room and in there crib then there is no need or worries about transition.  I found that all my babies slept through the night from the very first day because there were no distractions and I was never sleeped deprived

Carissa - posted on 03/10/2009

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I believe that it is what you are comfortable with. As long as you can hear him at night and you can sleep, it should be fine. My mom said that when I was a baby, she always put me to sleep in my own room. They didn't even have baby monitors back then.

Lorraine - posted on 03/10/2009

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MY SON WAS IN A CRIB IN MY ROOM UNTIL HE WAS 1, THEN IN HIS ROOM IN A BIGGER CRIB, BUT HE GOT REALLY SICK WHEN HE WAS 2 AND I PUT HIM IN BED WITH ME TO KEEP AN EYE ON HIM, HE IS NINE AND STILL SNEAKES IN MY ROOM IN THE MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT. I THINK IT IS A SECURITY THING JUST TO BE CLOSE TO HIS MOM, I DONT MIND, JUST BE CAREFUL HE MAY NEVER WANT TO LEAVE LOL

Holly - posted on 03/10/2009

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We moved our son to his room when he was 3 months old. To get him used to his crib, instead of the bassinet, I started having him do his naps in his crib for a few days to get him used to the new room, noises, feel of the bed, etc. Also, it really helped getting him used to sleeping in his room by putting him in his crib when he was fairly tired, verses more awake. His room is on the other side of the house, so we have a portable video monitor. It helped us feel better about the transition knowing that we could see him and that he was fine. Babies seem to make a lot of noise when they sleep and roll around. We do not go in and get him or physically check on him unless he is really crying. This has helped him learn to self sooth. He has been sleeping through the night since he was about 4 months old.

Sandra - posted on 03/10/2009

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I put my daughter in her room from about 6 weeks on....with the advent of baby monitors, you can even talk to them from your room to soothe them if you need to using the monitoring device and get up and check on him whenever you need to. Your sleep is important, too, and the cot may not be a good idea....just my thoughts.

Tarilyn - posted on 03/10/2009

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My daughter slept in a pram for the first 3 months, on her 3 month birthday she went in her crib in her own bedroom. It what works best for you and what you think is most comfortable for you! I found we ALL slept a LOT better when she went in her own room!

Audra - posted on 03/10/2009

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hi I had my little girl c section so was in hospital for a week with her, we brought her home and she slept in our room the first nite then put her straight in her own room. U still hear them in their own room!!!!! the sooner they get used to being in their own room the better for them!! I love my daughter with all my heart she is my only child but the sooner in their own enviroment the better for them, u will wear the carpet out from your room to theirs but it's for the best honest!!!! hope this helps u x

Audra - posted on 03/10/2009

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hi I had my little girl c section so was in hospital for a week with her, we brought her home and she slept in our room the first nite then put her straight in her own room. U still hear them in their own room!!!!! the sooner they get used to being in their own room the better for them!! I love my daughter with all my heart she is my only child but the sooner in their own enviroment the better for them, u will wear the carpet out from your room to theirs but it's for the best honest!!!! hope this helps u x

Jasmine - posted on 03/10/2009

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i put my daughter in her own room when she was 3months old  i found she slept fine. i also found that when she was in the bedroom with me every movement i made woke her up and i knew it was time to put her in her own room she has been fine since she is now 4.

Jennifer - posted on 03/10/2009

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both of my kids were in their own rooms & cribs at 4wks! we dont mess around here. both were sleeping through the night around 10wks...my kids r THE BEST!! Good Luck :)

Dion - posted on 03/10/2009

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Move him immediately, if not sooner. :) Get a monitor if you are worried about hearing him. Babies are much smarter than we get credit for. My doc says they can smell you and know that you will come when they cry. You will sleep better and so will he. And it will be easier the sooner you do it. My kids all slept through the night at 8 weeks old - 12 hours.

Jillian - posted on 03/10/2009

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I don't think there is a wrong or right time - every baby is different. My twins started sleeping in their cribs in their own room at 3 months.

Janie - posted on 03/10/2009

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I put my daughter in her own crib at 3 weeks - I couldn't get any sleep with all the little grunts and groans she made. With her in her own crib (in her room down the hall) I could hear her cry when she needed me but I didn't have to hear all the little noises. I got more sleep making me a better mommy for everyone~

Brandy - posted on 03/10/2009

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we had our son in his own room from the get go! we first had him sleeping in a boppy pillow that i would use to night nurse him with. that kept him pretty comfy. then during daytime naps he would sleep in his cradle, then we moved him and the pillow again to the crib @ about 3 months. he slept fine. he had that mommy smell right there. when he got used to sleeping on the crib mattress we took out the boppy. he will do fabulous in his new bed! good luck!

Melissa - posted on 03/10/2009

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Mine was in her room by herself at 2 weeks....she has always been a loud sleeper and I sleep so light. It worked for us but doesn't for everyone! It made me more sane and I heard her at the slightest sound just being next door in her crib...good luck! Do what works for you~ the longer you wait the harder it will be on you and him~

Emily - posted on 03/10/2009

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I put my daughter to sleep in her own crib at 4 weeks.  She was in a Moses basket until that time.  The first few nights, I listened to the monitor like crazy, but then it got better.  Also, her nursery was literally right across the hall from our bedroom.  She is now a perfectly happy, healthy almost 21-month old.  Trust your instincts and do what is best for you and your baby.  Good luck.

Colleen - posted on 03/10/2009

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We moved him to his own room at 6 months - only because we found we were waking him up when we went to bed at night.  It was harder for us than it was for him.  He loves his room and sleeps well in there! :)  I think when it feels right is probably the "right" time to make the move. Good luck!

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My daughter was only a couple weeks old when she slept in her crib in her own room, my son was a couple months because the ONLY way he would sleep any length of time at night is if he was laying between my husband and I with his head on my arm. :o)

Nancy - posted on 03/10/2009

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My daughter has been in her room since 3 months old. By 4 months she sleeps from 9pm - 7am!  Good luck!

Patty DeGregori - posted on 03/10/2009

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Our little one slept in her own room on day two.  She quickly grew to love her crib and slept very well from an early start.  I used the monitor for the first few months but  eventually turned it off since I would still hear her little sleep noises.  When she was truly in need of me we could here her cry. (Our rooms are not that far apart.)  She learned to go back to sleep on her own whenever she woke in the middle of the night. 

Beth - posted on 03/10/2009

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I got a lot of mixed info about this, so I'm not sure that all "professionals" recommend keeping them in your room that long. Or even at all. I know plenty of women who had the baby in the crib from day one. I'm way too much of a worrier for that though :) We had our son in a co-sleeper bed (right next to our bed) until he was 6 months old. He was outgrowing it, and also we were too noisy for him to sleep very well. So, for us it was time. Use your best judgment, only you can decide for you and your baby when it's time to make the move.

Lea - posted on 03/10/2009

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I seem to be the only one to say this; I put my son in his moses basket IN his crib in his own bedroom the day he came home from the hospital.  He's now 4 years old and hasslept there ever since.  He loves his room, his own space, and has always been very easy to put down for naps and bedtime.  I know it sems harsh to some of you, but he really is very happy and sleeps like a champ.  I would definitely do it the same way again.

April - posted on 03/10/2009

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My son went straight to his crib from the hospital with a positioner. We had a video monitor. This worked great. i would go in his room to breastfeed. Anyway, this work great for us.

April - posted on 03/10/2009

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My son went straight to his crib from the hospital with a positioner. We had a video monitor. This worked great. i would go in his room to breastfeed. Anyway, this work great for us.

Lynette - posted on 03/10/2009

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i put my son in his cot in our room when he was 4 weeks old, he has slept all night from about 7 weeks old.



he is now 7 months and i`m getting his room ready for him to more in to.



we all sleep well, if he wakes me! i find that i wait for awhile to see if he settle back down before i go to him.

Lynette - posted on 03/10/2009

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i put my son in his cot in our room when he was 4 weeks old, he has slept all night from about 7 weeks old.



he is now 7 months and i`m getting his room ready for him to more in to.



we all sleep well, if he wakes me! i find that i wait for awhile to see if he settle back down before i go to him.

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My daughter's been in her own room since the day we got home from the hospital.  She was 4 days old.  It was my mom's idea and I was happy with the decision immediately.  It was a pain to have to get up every few hours since I was breastfeeding, but she was a great sleeper and I never had the nightmare of transitioning her back to her room.  Good luck!

Kristina - posted on 03/10/2009

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I put my daugther in her own crib from day one..however, her crib was in the den off our room so she was only 3 feet away.  She moved to her "own" bedroom when she was 10 months old.  My twins have slept in "one crib" in my room for about 3 months and than went to their "own" crib at that time and also moved to their own bedroom.  I believe you should do whatever works for you.

Colleen - posted on 03/10/2009

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We raised three sons and from day one, they slept in their crib in their nursery! I had it all decorated along with comfy chair to nurse them/rock them. Each of our boys were sleeping through the night by, lastest, three weeks of age and this Mom was well rested. Sure, it was hard having to get up, walk into their rooms and feed...rock them...cuddle with them, but it paid off because from day one, they knew I was always there when they needed me and learned that when I left, I was also coming back when they woke up and needed me. By getting used to their own space immediately, was a decision I've never regretted. The older I get and the more Moms I speak with, it seems it's not the baby who needs to be in Mom's room but it's Mom who needs to have the baby in her room for whatever reasons. Both my husband and I bonded just as quick with our sons in their own nursery sleeping. Good luck to you in whatever decision you make.

Louise - posted on 03/10/2009

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My son went to sleep in his own room around 6 months and my daugther at age 4½ month.

Catherine - posted on 03/10/2009

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Quoting Cami:

My girl is 10 years old, and still sleeps with me 5 nights a week, only when I insist on needing my SPACE will she sleep in her room. P.S. I still sleep with the baby monitor on, and check every night to see if she is breathing, talk about having no life.....


OMG, im sorry but am i the only person who is going to comment on this statement



Your child is 10yrs old, she is obviously growing and fine!! What kind of example are you setting for her, she needs to be thought to be independent but then maybe you do to!!  Its bad enough that she still sleeps with you at that age but to use a moniter when she doesn't.. Are you married or co-habiting and if so what kind of relationship do you and your partner have if she's in bed with you??



Im sorry if im being harsh but this has shocked me, really!!

Ioanna - posted on 03/10/2009

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We put both our kids in their cots, in their own room, from the first day they came home from the hospital. We figured the baby monitor was enough to let us know when they were awake. As a result my eldest (who is now 3) slept through the night at 7 weeks and continues to sleep well to this day. My youngest who is 9 weeks old has just started sleeping through this week. It helps not hearing every little sound, they learn to settle themselves and you will avoid many sleepless nights in the future. Good luck

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