When should we move our newborns or infants into a crib in their own room? Since co-sleeping is not recommended by the AAP here in the U.S. (but of course, many of us do it/have done it!), pediatricians often recommend co-sleeping in the same room. We set up a bassinet in our room for our son to sleep in, and we often were getting asked if he sleeps in his own room yet. Truth is, I loved having him in our room. It was easy and convenient. If he woke up and needed his pacifier, he was just an arms length away for one of us to fix the situation. Plus, it was much easier to do those quick breathing checks that all first time moms love to do!
I've come to see that all families have a different take on when it is the right time to have their baby in their own room. Some of my friends would have their babies in their own room from day one. Some of them would make the change at six weeks, and others go months or even years without moving their children into their own room. Just last weekend, my husband and I decided to make the move.
We had tried in the past to move him into his own room, and he did just fine! However, I missed him! We brought him back! But one Saturday, we became committed to the idea. He was sleeping in the bassinet of a 4moms play yard, and was beginning to become cramped while he slept. The crib would be much roomier for him. Mike went ahead and moved the baby monitor, and that night, crib time was a go. After all, what did we buy the darn thing for anyways?!
It was as if I was sending him off to college. He seemed like he was such a big boy! And he did absolutely fine in his crib. He has been in there for a week now, and seems to sleep much better in the larger space. I am doing just fine as well (clearly this was harder on the mom than the baby). This is good for me though. There are going to be MANY more times throughout his life where I am going to have to let go a little in order for him to grow and become more independent. It's a constant back and forth with wanting them to stay little, but being so proud of how they grow and develop over the months and years. Enjoy the moment!