Do you want to know when to move baby to own room?
How old should a baby be before they can start sleeping alone? When they do have their own room, what will you need to buy? If these questions have recently been crossing your mind, don’t worry.
We’ve come up with a helpful guide to give you all the information you need on when to move your baby to their own room. As well as what you’ll need to buy for your nursery. There’s been a lot of debate on these topics, and we hope to help straighten things out for you.
So keep on reading to find out all you need to know and stay informed on important details.
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When to Move Baby to Own Room
For the first few months of your child’s life, they’ll start out sleeping in your room. Not only is this safer for the baby, but it also helps you build your bond with them early on. But studies show that babies get less and less sleep at night after a few months of sleeping in their parent’s room.
A good time to move your baby into their own room would be at least 6-12 months. This reduces the risk of SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome) by up to 50%.
The exact correlation of having your baby sleep in the same room as you to reduce the risk of SIDS is still unclear. It’s built on the idea of your baby sleeping lighter when other people are in the room, though. Having your baby close by for at least six months also makes it easier to breastfeed, which can reduce the risk even more.
However, a new study showed little difference in how well a baby slept alone at four and nine months. Stating that both age groups were able to sleep for longer durations on their own. With an average sleep time for those in separate rooms at 10.5 hours at four months and 9.75 hours at nine months.
Ultimately, it’s up to the parents to decide when to move their babies to their own rooms with the information that they have. The AAP recommendations for 6-12 months aren’t harmful. However, studies show that even after only four months, babies can sleep on their own longer.
Essentials You’ll Need
Once you decide to move your baby into their own room, the next important thing to consider is what to buy for them. You’ll want to set up a room that is safe and comfortable for them to sleep in. Here are a few essentials that every baby room needs.
The first and most obvious thing on this list would be the baby’s crib. Since this is where they’ll spend most of their time, you’ll want it to be as safe as possible. Compare different brands and models to ensure that you get a quality crib.
Try to narrow down your search to cribs with plenty of visibility. Many models have closed-off sides, which isn’t bad as you can set up a camera to make sure your baby is always safe. But it’s still better to find a barred crib for an extra sense of security.
Check to make sure that the crib you’re buying passes current crib safety standards. If you’re getting a second-hand crip, try to avoid those with drop railings.
You’re number one concern should always be the baby’s safety. You don’t want to be peering into your baby’s room every five minutes to make sure that they’re okay.
Having a baby monitor will help you keep tabs on them at all times without needing to leave the room. Whether it’s an audio model or a baby monitor with camera, have something in their room to alert you right away if anything bad happens.
When picking a mattress for your baby’s crib, consider how comfortable they’re going to be. There are many different kinds of mattresses you can find, from organic to foam. Choosing which type is up to you, as long as you find the right size for your crib.
Babies also mean inevitable messes on something they spend most of their time on. This means that you’ll also want to get a waterproof mattress cover. Cleaning up any messes becomes way more manageable and doesn’t result in you having to wash or change the entire mattress
You’ll also want to get quality crib sheets that don’t irritate your baby’s skin. Choose the right fabric or linen that’s cozy and comfortable to sleep on.
A nursing chair in the baby’s room is another must-have, allowing you to sit and feed your baby. If you can, look for one that can rock, lean, or swivel to help with soothing your baby. Infants need to get fed many times during the day, so choose a chair that’s as agreeable as possible for you
Changing Table/ Station
Having a designated place for you to change your baby’s diapers keeps everything clean and sanitary in the room. Whether it’s a changing table with a diaper and wipes storage below. A regular drawer with a changing station strapped on top can also work for you.
Whichever you choose, make sure that it’s sturdy and safe to place down your baby on. You’ll also want something you can clean in the blink of an eye when you need to.
A Parent’s Guide to Baby’s Own Room
You don’t want your baby’s room to be full of hazards or anything that can put the baby in danger. You’ll want to make sure that everything is the best that it can be before the child comes. Check every item on the list and prepare the baby’s own room today!
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