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It is indeed true that keeping the baby nearby in your room is ideal for his safety and the parents’ convenience and satisfaction.
However, at one point, you will have to put them in their separate room and supervise them through a baby monitor. The question is, when?
When Should I Start Putting My Baby Upstairs To Sleep?
Ideally, pediatricians and experts recommend that you keep the baby with you for the first six to twelve months and then slowly start to think about shifting them to a separate room. The reasons for doing this are as follows:
- The first six months have the highest risk of developing Sudden Infant Death Syndrome. Keeping the child close to you in this period reduces this risk by 50 to 70%.
- These few initial months are also great to develop the parent-child bond.
- Late-night feedings and crying sessions become much more convenient to manage when the baby is near you.
However, depending on your personal preferences, instincts, and experience with your baby, you can move them to their room whenever you think you’re both ready.
With expert consultants and professional help, families have shifted their kids to independent sleeping by 4, 6, and 12 months of age.
It all depends on whether you and your baby are ready, and here’s how you can make sure:
- Consult your pediatrician. Give them a detailed explanation of the growth and habits of your child so far.
- Notice how long your baby sleeps in a stretch. If his sleeping routine is still 2 to 3 hours, he’s probably not ready to sleep independently yet.
- Determine how many times he likes to wake up during the night for feedings. If their feeding time is somewhere in the middle of the night when it’s inconvenient for you to go to a different room, keep him near you for now.
- Are you comfortable leaving the baby alone with a baby monitor just yet? If yes, go for it. If no, try moving to the baby’s room with him and sleeping there for a few nights. Notice how you and your baby do and then slowly make the transition.
Remember, there are no right or wrong ways when it comes to doing this.
However, being late with making these changes can have equally adverse effects as being too soon with it. Trust your instincts and professional advice when it comes to making such decisions for your baby.