Transitioning baby from parents room to crib

Dayna - posted on 04/28/2009 ( 4 moms have responded )

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My son is 10 weeks old and I have just started to move him out of our bed in to his own room in preparation for my return to work in two weeks. I have been told that he is also at the age where he will begin to sleep through the night. Since birth he has always been a very good sleeper but the last few night he has been waking up every two hours. Should I wait until he begins sleeping through the night to move him into his crib or just do it now?

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Cristina - posted on 04/28/2009

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We waited until six months. But that is because his room is upstairs, so I wanted him to be in reach. It's more what you are comfortable with because he won't notice if you are there or not.

Sandra - posted on 04/28/2009

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I would go ahead and start him in his own bed. When I moved my son to his own room, I started by having him take his naps in his room so it became a familiar place and he knew it was for sleeping in. Once he was used to napping there and I moved him in there for the night and it was easy! He knew what it was for and he slept better in his bed than his bassinet. As for sleeping through the night, like the other ladies said it prob is a growth issue and it'll go away! Good luck!

Tiffany - posted on 04/28/2009

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Do it now before he gets attached to a certain sleeping spot. He should be waking only because of a growth spurt and the need to eat more for it. He'll learn to sleep through again, and when he does it would be beneficial if he was in his own bed. Wear a certain shirt to bed for a few nights straight, and then put it in the crib with him so he can smell you. As the smell wears away, he'll get used to not needing the smell of you. I started my son in his crib at 1 week, and my daughter got started at 4 months. I wouldn't say that was too late, but I do wish I'd done it sooner.

Also, get him used to napping in a pack and play sometimes. That will come in REALLY handy when he needs to stay at someone else's house for the night or for a nap.

Lorena - posted on 04/28/2009

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Hi, you are not alone my daugter is 9weeks and has outgrown her bassinet and we're in the process of moving her out of our room. Luckily she hasn't been in bed with us and I have her sleeping in her crib during the day in her room. All i have to say is good luck, we're the ones who feel it more than they do, its all based on our level of comfort. He's probably going through a growth spurt and is doing cluster feedings. But no matter when you decide to do it, it will be hardest for you; but personally I would do it now instead of while you are working, the first few nights you put them in their room will be sleepless nights for you. Trust me I took this Saturday to do the same, and my husband and I hardly slept.

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