Moving Your Little One Into Their Own Room
According to Safer Sleep Guidelines, for the first six months of your baby’s life it is safest that they sleep in a cot or crib in the same room as you every time they sleep. After this period, it can be daunting to think about the best way of moving your little one into their own room.
Time to Move?
There is no right or wrong answer to the question of when it is best to move your baby into their own room after they have reached the six-month mark. If you and your little one are happy sleeping in the same room, then there is absolutely no need to make the move just yet. However, if you would like to move your wee one, there are lots of ways that you can make the transition easier.
Cot and Room Play
It is a great idea to get your little one used to both being in their room and in their cot from very early on. You can start getting them accustomed to their room any time from birth onwards. Taking them into their room and playing with them when they are alert and happy can really help them to start feeling comfortable and content in their own room and it will soon become a familiar and safe place for them.
You can also get your baby used to their cot in the same way – for a couple of minutes each day, lie them in their cot and play with them. This should be well away from sleep time and make sure that the room is bright and curtains are open so that it feels very different from nap or bedtime. Do anything that makes them laugh – sing songs, tickle their toes – anything that again creates a positive and happy feeling when they are in their cot. This will again help them to feel more comfortable when it becomes time for them to sleep in their cot.
I’m sure that you’ll have put lots of thought into your baby’s nursery and making it look as lovely as possible! However, just a quick recap of the optimal environment for babies to sleep in to check they are as happy as possible when it is time to move them in there for sleep.
- The ideal temperature is between 16 and 21°C
- Check for any bright light coming in from hallways or the edge of curtains, the room should be on around on 8 on a scale of 1 – 10 with 10 being pitch black
- Ensure that there is no loose bedding, soft toys or bumpers in the cot
- Check that your baby can’t get hold of any cords from blinds, baby monitors etc
- Have a quick check over of the decor – is it “calming”? Nothing there that could be seen as scary by a little one
I hope that that has been helpful and you find your little one’s transition into their own room is a smooth one! Do drop me a message if you have any extra questions. Good luck!
Caro Graham is a Certified Sleepy Lambs Sleep Consultant based in Edinburgh, Scotland. Caro can support families locally or around the world. Click here to contact Caro