Starting your baby in his or her own room.

My son is 13 weeks old. I am not comfortable yet with him sleeping in his own room, and I believe he is much too young for that right now. What would be a good age to put an infant in his or her own room? I am thinking between the ages of 8-9 months, or should the infant be older?

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Melissa MiddletonPennington Gap, Virginia
    04/11/14
    I started my daughter in her own room at 3 weeks. she's a noisy sleeper and with her in my room, I was miserable! she's slept there ever since and she's 19 months now. following her lead, she even tells us when she's ready to go to bed and goes to sleep by herself with her blankie and her bear. the earlier you start, the sooner they learn that sleeping in their own room is awesome and will learn to look forward to it and embrace it.
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    Melissa Middleton
    You do have a point. That is what also worries me. I am afraid that when it comes time to put him in his own room, he will throw a fit. However, he does sleep fine in his bed if we are not in the room at the moment. He is also a sound sleeper. I check on him a lot because I cannot hear him breathe, at times.
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        Melissa Middleton
        We have one. But, I may get that one with a visual monitor. LOL I will have to save for it. I will be the mother who gets up constantly to check on him. I do that now, even though he is in the same room. :p
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          Melissa Middleton
          Aw, you're getting twins! Congrats. That is so sweet.
          I have thought about 5-6 months but was not sure. He is a momma's boy (I like it that way, too). I know I want to do it early so he gets used to it so I won't have a battle on my hands when he gets older.
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            We moved Kailtyn into her own home when she was a month old. There were no issues with her sleeping in our room, though she has been independent from the beginning so thought I would try it. I started with putting her back to sleep in her own room after she nursed around 5/6/7 am. She slept for 4-5 hours just fine for a few days. So, that weekend, we put her down to sleep in her crib in her own room at night and she did just fine. She also started sleeping through the night that week! You need to do with what you are comfortable with! Even though her room is right next to ours, we still have monitors and had it turned all the way up so we could hear her breathe!

            I know a friend of mine had the motion detector thing in the crib and that worked well for them. (I don't remember exactly what it is called.) That might be another option so you are not constanlty checking or worrying about him.
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            Melissa Middleton
            I am one who worries about him, constantly. People tease me saying, "If you could put him in a bubble, you would." It's true. He is napping now, and I still go back and forth and check every 5 minutes.
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            04/11/14
            Then save up for that video monitor. :) You can check your local craig's list or second hand stores. We have purchased a few items for the nursery from Craig's list and shop Once Upon a Child a lot!
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              Melissa Middleton
              Oooooh! That is a deal. And I like great deals and sales. I have never heard of it. I am going to have to check it out.
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              Melissa Middleton
              That is the way I am. I love morning cuddle time. I will also place him on my chest and just close my eyes and listen to him breathe. Those times are treasured.
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                05/18/14
                Nina just got her own room this month, when we moved to our 2 bedroom apartment. She slept in her crib in our room ever since we first came home with her, but since we'll be here in Virginia for at least 2-3 years, I thought it was best she get her own little space, and so we can have our little space, too. I never liked having lovey time with my husband while Nina was in the room, even if she was asleep. Plus, while looking for an apartment here, we were informed that once a baby is a year old, it's almost required that you have a two bedroom place, even if they sleep in your room, for hygiene purposes. She seems fine with her own room, so far, so I don't mind.
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                  5Tabitha
                  Mine start off in a bassinet in our room then get moved to the nursery when they either outgrow the bassinet or it gets warm enough. No heat/ac in that room without a space heater or window unit...gotta buy another space heater this year.
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                  Mother of an active son, a precious baby girl, & a diva step-daughter (who lives with us). I am an artist, baker, organic gardener, frugal liver, & a Christian--happily married to my best-friend. Blogger at www.chasingwildhorses.com