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How long should our baby stay in our room at night?

The answer to this question is a personal one. In other words, it is totally up to YOU!

As long as you have a baby monitor to listen for your child crying in the middle of the night, you could allow your baby to sleep in their own room from day one.

However, most parents feel more comfortable knowing that their newborn baby is right beside them, at least for the first several weeks of life. If you are a light sleeper and wake up to every small sound that your baby makes, then moving your baby into their own room sooner rather than later may allow you some much needed rest.

Don’t worry, you will still wake up to your baby crying as the monitor will be right beside you. If you are the type to worry all night that your baby is far away in his or her own room, then by all means, keep your baby in your room.

Some moms who are breastfeeding like to have their babies in a bassinet right next to the bed to make nursing easier in the middle of the night. Other parents keep their children in their rooms until they are toddlers or even older. The ultimate decision to move your baby out of your room depends on you and your readiness as a family.

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  1. We kept our son in our room until he was around 3 months old. If I had it to do over again, I would probably have moved him as soon as he started sleeping 7-8 hours straight at night without nursing (around 4.5 for us). Being a first-time mom, I was nervous to move him to the other side of the house, but once we finally did move him, we all slept a lot better! So I would probably move the next baby sooner. I still wake up to every little sound my son makes (over the monitor), but he doesn’t wake up to every sound my husband (snoring) or the dog (also snoring) makes! Haha!

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    1. And that was around 4.5 weeks that he started sleeping 7-8 hours without nursing. Yes, lucky us! 🙂

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    2. Agreed! I felt so bad moving my daughter out (I think she was 8 weeks) but it has been PHENOMENAL for all of us. My husband is still all, “But what if she needs us??” And I’m like, “By all means go sleep in her room. Mama needs her SLEEP!”

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      1. Hahaha! Yes! We felt a lot better about the move because we had a monitor with the motion sensor. Although, when he started rollin from one corner of the crib to the other, we had a few false alarms…neither my husband nor I got any sleep those nights, even though the alarms didn’t disturb the baby’s sleep at all!

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    3. I think we all do many things a little differently the second time around!

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