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