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

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that infants should sleep in the parents’ room, close to the parents’ bed on a separate surface for at least 6 months, but preferably for a year.

This recommendation, released in 2016, has been shown to create a safe sleep environment for infants, ultimately decreasing the risk of SIDS. Most parents feel more comfortable knowing that their baby is right beside them anyway.

Once you do move your baby to his or her own room, 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 for as long as you feel comfortable.

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. After 6 months of age, the ultimate decision to move your baby out of your room depends on you and your readiness as a family.

Reviewed by Dr. Kristie Rivers, September 2020

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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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