Positive next to me to own room story
Firstly I’ll apologies now to anyone reading this who might find it triggering and who isn’t getting much sleep with their babies. I can only say what worked for us, no magic or secrets. This is a post of encouragement for anyone thinking of taking the step to move baby into their own room.
My LB is 5 months and 2 weeks old, we moved him into his own room 2 weeks ago and since then we’ve had 3 nights of nearly 7-7 full sleep. He’s woken up babbling around 4/5am but gotten himself back to sleep within 15/20 mins.
I knew he was ready to move as he kept waking himself up flailing his arms around in his next to me. My partner works shifts and would wake him up coming to bed or getting up early. He would wake up anytime between 3-5am every night and I would change his nappy and give him a feed. I don’t actually think he wanted a feed based on other advice I’ve read. In the morning, he was never bothered about his bottle for an hour or so. I think I reacted too quickly as I was tired and wanted the sleep. Sometimes he would wake at 5am and again, due to my own tiredness I would bring him into bed with me instead of seeing if he could get himself to sleep.
For 5 days we settled our little boy with his usual bedtime routine into his own room to make sure he would settle fine before bringing him into our room after his dream feed. Apart from the odd teething moment, I don’t have to rock him him to sleep, he will self soothe. Then after 5 days we put him into his own room for the full night. It’s the best decision we made. We have both bedroom doors open and the monitor on too. The first night I didn’t sleep well due to worrying but he did! We went from multiple wake ups, to just 1 to now only a short wake up within 2 weeks.
We’ve ordered a new mattress for him as the one we have seems too thin and we’re still trying to time nappy changes as he has woken up with a leaked nappy. No way is it perfect but I’m such a better mum and general human too for the sleep. If you’re debating it, you know baby is ready, go for it!