Placing the Baby's Bed

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I'm having trouble deciding on whether or not I want my daughter's crib in our bedroom or in what we had decided a long time ago would be the nursery. I don't really like the nursery because it's colder in there than in the rest of the apartment (partially because that side of the building has a lot of trees and we're hardly ever in the nursery right now) and because we just don't go in there very much. We also don't have a crib or anything else to make it look remotely like a nursery yet. It just looks like a big empty room.

But I don't want to co-sleep and I don't really want the baby in our bedroom for an extended period of time. It would be easier on me to hear the baby and wake up when she does, but at the same time I don't want the baby to be used to sleeping in the same room as us when we're ready to move her into the nursery. I also don't know what age she should be if we do decide to keep her in our room and later move her into the nursery.

I don't know what to do. How did you decide where your baby would sleep?

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Thanks everyone :) We're trying to get things to fill the nursery but it's hard because we don't have any money and our families are pretty slow to help with anything, really. We're getting a rocking chair and the crib this weekend (hopefully, no promises), and sometime soon we'll be getting a little dresser/changing table thing and the crib mattress so we can finally set that up. We have plenty of clothes and bedding and things like that, but it's depressing to walk in there and see that the very first thing I ever wanted, the crib, is one of the last things we get :(

We have a baby monitor too. It was my little brother's and is still in great working order, so we'll be using that.

I still have no idea what we're going to do. I know I won't be co-sleeping. I'm typically a very light sleeper but I don't trust myself and my husband likes to push me off the bed sometimes in his sleep, haha. I guess we'll just see how things turn out :\

There's also no decorations...it's really a sad room...then again, we moved here in September. Haven't had much chance to put anything up...

Chrystal - posted on 11/09/2010

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Me and my husband put our baby girl in her own room at 12 weeks of age. As far as being able to hear her when she wakes up, get a baby monitor. They are great! You hear every little thing. All of her moans and groans and crying. Mommy needs sleep too, so unless you put her in her own room, you will never get any sleep. And believe you me, babies love their own room. Good luck:)

Carolyn - posted on 11/09/2010

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your never in the nursery because you dont use it :) and if your putting a crib in your room then you have one to put in the nursery ;) fill your nursery with things you will use, a rocking chair, crib, pretty decorations, toys, change table, babies clothes and you will get use out of it.

for us, we all slept better once everyone in their own room. we werent waking baby up with our noise, and baby wasnt waking us up with his grunts and what not in the middle of the night.

we kept our son in our room till a little over 3 months in a cradle then moved him to his crib in his own room.

you can still hear your baby with the use of a monitor and get up to meet her needs.

i suggest keeping the baby in your room for the first few months as baby will be waking and eating frequently and it is so much easier to simply reach over, pick up baby and nurse in bed in the middle of the night. once they are sleeping longer, or through the night and you are over your new mom paranoia, you can move her out into the nursery. just get a good monitor :) i can hear my son breathing through ours if i turn it up loud enough lol. you could also have baby nap in a crib in the nursery and sleep at night in the bassinett or cradle in your room. this will ease the transition from moms room to nursery once your baby is older, as the nurser wont be a foreing and unfamiliar place

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my daughter slept in her pack-n-play and in our bed about half and half for the first 3 months, then we moved her to her crib in her room, where she slept again half the time in there and half the time in our room. we have baby monitors set up, even though her room is right next to ours im still scared i wont hear her in the middle of the night. now she sleeps in her toddler bed and in our bed (still) and shes 16 months. and im doing the exact same thing with our son, right now hes in his bassinet or our bed, and in a couple months i'll move him to the crib in his sisters room.

Michelle - posted on 11/09/2010

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in the beginning my son slept in a bassinet in the same room as i did. About a month old maybe i moved him into the crib in his own room. His room is down the hall from mine so i could hear him cry. I would wake up when he cried and it wasn't a problem. Maybe instead of a crib in the beginning you could try a bassinet? and then move to the crib

Amber - posted on 11/09/2010

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For my 1st child I had a great nursery for him. I loved putting it together.Then he was born an I just couldn't have him that far away from me lol. So first he slept in his bassinet in our room, then I moved his crib into our bedroom when he outgrew the bassinet. We moved him into his own room when he was about 6 months old. When my daughter was born I set up half our room to be her nursery I just still felt it was an important part in getting ready for me. We moved her into her own room when she was about 6 months old to. They never had a problem with the change but they never slept in our bed.

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