There are many perks of sharing a room with your baby. Especially when it comes to breastfeeding mommas, it becomes a necessity.
However, if you think for the long-run, there are many more benefits of getting your baby used to their separate room beforehand. But how do you get sure when is the right time to shift them to another room upstairs.
We will tell you. So, stay with us.
It Is Important to Get Your Baby Used to His Own Room
At some point your child will have to shift in a separate room. If not at the age of 1, maybe at 5, or 10. But, the more you delay it, the clingier they become. They start to depend on you so much that you and your partner’s privacy will be invaded at some point.
Moreover, sleep training is a part of disciplining your toddler. If you don’t start it at their infant stage, you better get ready to handle those terrible toddler tantrums.
When to Shift Your Baby’s Room
There is no fixed time to say it’s the right age for your baby to transition into another room. And more than that, it takes time to take your baby through the transition.
According to AAP, a mother can share the same room with her baby up to 24 months of age, and a minimum of 6 months is recommended. AAP’s suggestion is mostly concerned about the higher chance of SIDS within this age.
But, many studies show that starting the practice of separate rooms can be developed from 4 months of age. It’s also easier to get them used to a separate room if you start early. However, even if you plan to start early, keep your child adjacent to you. Even if you are using a good quality baby monitor, it takes only a nick of time for any accidents with babies. Better be safe.
Don’t Rush for Transitioning to Upstairs
Take a pause for a while after shifting your baby’s room. I know shifting your baby’s room upstairs is also important. You don’t wanna ruin the bedtime routine of your child, or disturb his good night sleep with the sound of TV or noises from the dinner table.
But, it will be wise to wait until your little one shows the signs that assure you of their safety. If you manage to get your baby to sleep through the night for a longer stretch, minimum 6 hours or more. Otherwise, sharing a room will be easier for you.
Look whether your baby now can roll over from belly to his back. If yes, it means there is a lesser chance of suffocation or SIDS for you baby and he can manage on his own. Another sign can be whether your baby eats in a good amount throughout the day and doesn’t need frequent feeding throughout the night anymore.
These are some clear signs when you can transition your baby to his room upstairs. However, make sure to get a comfortable baby crib that is safe and right in size for him.
Don’t put any other danger-causing props like stuffed animals, soft pillows etc. before they become toddlers.