Transition Baby to Their Own Room Smoothly with these 5 Tips

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Last Updated on July 16, 2019 by

Recently, my little family decided it was time to transition baby to his own room and for Mommy and Daddy to have our own space again. This was a decision we made that took some time to execute.

Honestly, it was hard for me to come to terms with letting go of the reins and letting our baby have his own space. After all, my son is now 14 months old and would most definitely benefit from having his own room. The baby clothes are just taking over!

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Considerations to Transition Baby to Their Own Room

To preface a little, we were living in a space where my husband and I had to share a room with our son. We were fortunate enough to have circumstances change recently. This allowed us to have an extra room that our son could take over.

It’s not that I wanted to keep our son from having his own room for so long. Let’s face it, I loved having his crib right next to my side of the bed! We were able to make this decision based on a number of factors. Therefore, we have been able to make the transition a smooth one for baby.

I’ve created some tips for others looking for information on when to transition baby to their own room. Additionally, I’ve included some items we invested in to help make this a smoother process.

**Please note that this information is based on my experiences and should not be used to replace advice given by a doctor/pediatrician. My son’s pediatrician agreed that he was healthy and could have his own room.**

1. When do you know baby is ready?

I’ve researched this topic and have found several sides to this story. I’ve seen people suggesting to put baby in their own room from day one. I have also seen people waiting until baby is six months while others wait until baby’s first birthday. Basically, whenever you decide it’s the best thing for your family then that’s the best time to do it. 

2. Are Mommy and Daddy ready for this? 

As a mom, this was probably harder on me than it was on my son and my husband. All the things ran through my mind about the separation: Will he be okay? Will he need me? What if something happens that I can’t hear? What if this and what if that…? All the torturous questions had my mind spinning and racing. However, I had to realize that it was the best thing for us to do at the time. Slowly letting go is harder to do than it seems!

3. Is baby able to self-soothe him/herself back to sleep?

This was a big thing for us. My son is not at all the best sleeper. In fact, he had not slept through the night from day one up until around 13 months old. Even then, he still wakes at least once per night some nights.

I had to consider if it was worth having him separate. Truthfully, who wants to walk around across their home in the middle of the night to soothe a baby? Rolling over to his crib next to your bedside is much easier.

However, it was a sacrifice we needed to make! We had faith that we had taught our son to trust his environment, trust us, and we made sure he had the necessary items that made him comfortable in his room.

4. Implementing a night light and white noise machine

A gift that we received for our baby shower was this adorable owl nightlight that included music. It displays stars on the wall or ceiling and its belly glows. Having a night light helped our son to not be afraid of his room when it is dark. A common fear in children is the fear of the dark and this night light took that fear away.

In addition, it provides sufficient light in the room for those times that we need to go in there to check on him. This device also serves as a white noise machine and offers various tunes to choose from.

5. Baby monitor

The next best thing to actually being in the room with baby is having a baby monitor that includes audio and visual monitoring. This baby monitor that we purchased fit our budget and fit our needs. We are able to see our son sleeping peacefully in his crib. The most important thing to me was having a clear picture of him. I wanted to be able to see him breathing without having to go in his room.

Due to discussions of SIDS, I have grown to be terrified during my son’s first year of life. That is a difficult thing to break even though he is 14 months old now. Being able to check on my son’s breathing was most important to me.

This monitor also allows me to talk to him when he is upset and soothe him while I’m making my way to his room. I am beyond grateful that we have this device! We even have the option to add on additional cameras later in the event that we have more children.

What are your thoughts on transitioning baby to their own room?

After all the planning, considerations, and preparations we did to ensure this was a smooth transition for our son, I know that not all the advice given here works for each family. What did you do differently? Did any of the above information help your family? Was the transition hard for you to come to terms with like it was for me (or am I just crazy)? Let me know in the comments!

Additional Resources:

How to Get Baby to Sleep in the Crib Throughout the Night-

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  4. Coleccion De Fotografia

    February 14, 2019 at 6:42 am

    This is such a good read for me. I am from a part of the world that transitioning in our own room happens when are already around 8 years old onwards. LOL.

    1. Samantha Flores

      February 14, 2019 at 10:51 pm

      So interesting the differences! Thanks for sharing!

  5. Sewing FASHION For-Cash

    February 14, 2019 at 12:13 am

    This a critical stage in a child’s development and can be hard on both the child and the parents. The steps are valid and will help any family approaching this stage.

    1. Samantha Flores

      February 14, 2019 at 10:47 pm

      Thank you for reading! I hope my tips are helpful to other parents.

  6. TheKitchenDoc

    February 13, 2019 at 5:34 am

    You are so right that everyone has their own time. Our 5 yo still sneaks into our room sometimes past mid night

    1. Samantha Flores

      February 14, 2019 at 10:45 pm

      I’m sure given the chance, my son will be sneaking into our room too!

  7. Shirin

    February 13, 2019 at 5:11 am

    Thanks for sharing, very informative post????

    1. Samantha Flores

      February 14, 2019 at 10:44 pm

      Thank you so much, Shirin!

  8. gloriousheights

    February 12, 2019 at 9:37 pm

    These are some great tips.. thanks for sharing ????????

    1. Samantha Flores

      February 14, 2019 at 10:43 pm

      Thanks for reading!

  9. Ishani Nath

    February 12, 2019 at 6:32 pm

    That’s a nice post on parenting. The baby monitoring device sounds really interesting.

    1. Samantha Flores

      February 14, 2019 at 10:39 pm

      There are so many monitoring devices that have all these bells and whistles. It’s hard to find the right one, but we went with what we thought was right for our family. Thanks for reading!

  10. Samar

    February 12, 2019 at 4:46 pm

    I am going to save it for my future reference ????

    1. Samantha Flores

      February 14, 2019 at 10:38 pm

      I appreciate that! Thank you, Samar.

  11. Jolie Starrett

    February 12, 2019 at 4:45 pm

    Great tips for new parents!

    1. Samantha Flores

      February 14, 2019 at 10:38 pm

      Thank you, Jolie!

  12. Ivan Jose

    February 12, 2019 at 1:24 pm

    I find it a challenge that my wife and I will soon have to tackle. Thank you for your post as I had really been thinking how to do it.

    1. Samantha Flores

      February 14, 2019 at 10:37 pm

      Thank you for reading! Good luck to you and your wife when the time comes to transition.

  13. lm10adhi

    February 12, 2019 at 1:24 pm

    Informative and helpful article for parents with new born child. They should take extreme care with children. Thanks for your tips.

    1. Samantha Flores

      February 14, 2019 at 10:36 pm

      Thank you for your time in reading my post!

  14. Luna S

    February 11, 2019 at 4:42 pm

    A white noise machine is a great idea! This article is wonderful.

    1. Samantha Flores

      February 14, 2019 at 10:35 pm

      Thank you for reading and for your kind words!

  15. Authentically_Mi

    February 11, 2019 at 2:25 pm

    That white noise machine sounds interesting. This was a battle back when my baby girl was small. Although shes 11 now I remember very well. I had none of the great gadgets they have out now

    1. Samantha Flores

      February 14, 2019 at 10:35 pm

      And I’m sure the gadgets will only continue to evolve through the years!

  16. Monidipa Dutta (@MonidipaDutta51)

    February 11, 2019 at 1:08 pm

    Great tips. Though I am not a mom it was informative.

    1. Samantha Flores

      February 14, 2019 at 10:34 pm

      Thank you for reading!

  17. Cendu

    February 10, 2019 at 11:04 pm

    Great read! It’s definitely harder on the parents than the little ones. I love having my little man close by where I can keep an eye on him but we’re getting there slowly but surely.

    1. Samantha Flores

      February 11, 2019 at 3:11 am

      Thanks for reading, Cendu! Good luck to you when you’re ready to make that transition!

  18. makinglifemerry

    February 10, 2019 at 8:34 pm

    I don’t have children myself but a family member just had a baby so I will be passing these tips along! Love the owl night light/sound machine, by the way. I love owls and almost want one for myself. Haha!!

    1. Samantha Flores

      February 11, 2019 at 3:06 am

      Thank you for reading and sharing! The owl night light is definitely soothing and there is no age limit on who can purchase for themselves!????????

  19. Bliss

    February 10, 2019 at 7:39 pm

    So much to learn and consider while parenting! Thanks for sharing your experiences!

    1. Samantha Flores

      February 11, 2019 at 3:03 am

      I’m constantly questioning myself haha.. Thank you for reading, Bliss!

  20. Juli

    February 10, 2019 at 7:18 pm

    It can be anxious for this transition but great tips none the less.

    1. Samantha Flores

      February 11, 2019 at 2:59 am

      Thank you so much, Juli!

  21. Aakanksha

    February 10, 2019 at 5:33 pm

    I never knew this was actually a process to be gone through. Thanks for sharing. Good tips and informative!

    1. Samantha Flores

      February 10, 2019 at 7:13 pm

      I never knew there was a process for a lot of this parenting stuff haha.. I’m learning as I go and figured others might need this info, too. Thanks for reading!

  22. Ashli

    February 10, 2019 at 5:07 pm

    I like that in step one you said you looked it up and everyone has different thoughts about it and you just have to do it when you feel it’s right – I 100% agree with that (about everything in life really) haha I don’t have children but my friends do and it’s definitely tip!

    1. Samantha Flores

      February 10, 2019 at 5:19 pm

      Thank you so much, Ashli! It’s true in life that everything happens when you’re ready and not because someone else says you have to do it a certain way. I want my readers to feel no judgement from me and I’m glad you noticed that! Thanks for reading!❤

      1. Ashli

        February 10, 2019 at 5:20 pm

        Yes!!! I agree with that 100%! You’re welcome!!

  23. Amanda Yorton

    February 7, 2019 at 6:49 pm

    Great tips! I have to get over the are mommy and daddy ready step. I have a lot of anxiety and with the kids’ room in the front of the house, it makes me nervous. But I do have a monitor and I just need to set it up!

    1. Samantha Flores

      February 10, 2019 at 5:17 pm

      Hi, Amanda! It is a REALLY big step and only you can determine when you’re ready. Good luck to you when you make that transition!❤

  24. Lorena

    February 7, 2019 at 6:13 pm

    Great ideas! The transition is hard but it’s so nice to be able to sleep without waking up from their every little sound and movement.

    1. Samantha Flores

      February 10, 2019 at 5:15 pm

      Hi, Lorena! I agree, every little noise woke me up and that made sleep even harder. Thanks for reading!

  25. Joan

    February 7, 2019 at 10:11 am

    My boy is 9 months now, moved him at 4 months I know that’s early but I was ready and he would make really loud noises that would wake us up. The best part is he could self soothe but I had to do it twice since it did not work out the first time and had to redo it once he was 5 months. I still wake twice every night though.

    1. Samantha Flores

      February 10, 2019 at 5:14 pm

      Hi, Joan! Every family is different! I’m glad it worked for you to move him sooner. I think if we had the space, we might have attempted moving him sooner. Good luck in your motherhood journey!❤

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