Childhood Diseases

Posted by: Craig | 2010-05-05


When should baby move to own room

Good morning Doc

My wife is expecting our baby which is due soon.Because we had issues getting our first child to sleep in his own room i do not want to make the same mistake again. Having said that, i know the new baby will braestfeed and prob need to be close to her mother. what is a good time (age) to move the cot to the baby''s room and let she sleep in her own room?

thanks for your advice

Expert's Reply



This is very variable and always depends on circyumstances. You could move your bay from as young as 4 months. Many babies are moved at between 10 and 12 months, but again this is very variable.

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Posted by: Mom1 | 2010-06-10

my daughter is 19 months, she sleeps with us and keeps us awake most of time. So im thinking of puttimg her in her own room, especially since im thinking of having another baby soon.

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Posted by: Craig | 2010-05-07

Thanks Heidi

Just wanted to have a idea of what they cost

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Posted by: heidi | 2010-05-06

craig, there''s a whole range of monitors out there. i had the lindam monitors and were very impressed with them, cost think between R600 - R800. i know the angelcare monitors are also very good, they also have an alarm that goes of should your baby stop breathing, cost between R 1000 - R1200. google both, them you''ll get the complete descriptions.

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Posted by: Craig | 2010-05-06

Thank you Jess

Anyone - What are these monitors called and on average what do they cost?

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Posted by: jess | 2010-05-05

yup i have to agree with the other people here, first night from the hospital slept with my daughter in our room and we all didnt sleep that night next night she was in her own room and we all slept well, her only waking 3 times for a fed and i was also breastfeeding. Just get yourselves a good monitor!All the best =)

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Posted by: Craig | 2010-05-05

Thanks Racoon

Agree on the motherly instinct point. thanks for your input

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Posted by: Craig | 2010-05-05

Thanks heidi for the response

So looks like they want to be in their own rooms :)

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Posted by: Racoon | 2010-05-05

One never knows what a baby will be like. Our first son was routine-trained and moved into his own room at about 2 months, and he only slept through at 4 years of age! Second one stayed in our bedroom and bed for 6 months, and he is only waking once or twice a night now at 15 months. He also prefers his own bed. I personally think one should do what feels right deep in your heart - listen to no-one and follow your gut. We, as mom''s, didn''t receive motherly instinct for nothing?

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Posted by: heidi | 2010-05-05

first baby was in our room for 3 months and the moment we put her in her own room, she slept a million times better. second baby was in her own room from the day we came back from the hospital and started sleeping through at 2 months. so just like gina, i believe in putting them in their own rooms. my paed said that you think they bother you but you actually bother them, because you might snore which will wake them up, etc. we put a nice comfy chair in her room and feeding was done there. best of luck, second time round is a lot easier!

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Posted by: Craig | 2010-05-05

Thanks Gina for your response. What about breastfeeding? Did you get up and go to baby''s room everytime?

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Posted by: Gina | 2010-05-05


Both my kids slept in their own room since day one... no problems. We had an angel care monitor to be alerted when baby cries.
Just seems to work better for us and for baby in the long run...

Good luck :-)

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