Moving your baby into their own room can be a huge step for both baby and parents. Actually, it’s often a bigger emotional step for parents with little ones often taking it in their stride. With that in mind make sure you are ready for the move. Safe sleep guidelines are that your baby should be in the same room as you for the first six months of their life to reduce the risk of SIDS. But that doesn’t mean you have to move baby out of your room at that point; do it when it is right for you and your family. There is no harm to them being in your room longer.
Babies go through something commonly known as the ‘4 month sleep regression’. It’s actually a huge progressive step in their sleep development. Most little ones have come out of it by 5-6 months of age and parents start to notice that their babies start becoming disturbed by their surroundings. It’s often at this point that parents decide to move baby to their own room.
So what tips can I give you to make the transition as smooth as possible?
Firstly, make sure their room is as consistent as yours as much as possible. By this I mean if you had blackout blinds (a great tool to help little ones sleep longer and reduce early wakings) in your room, make sure you have them in your little one’s new room too. If you were using white noise, transfer it over.
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