Post # 1
I recently read an article that basically said that it was better to have your LO sleep in the room with you until a certain age because it can prevent Sids. Something about them not falling into too deep of a sleep. By hearing you in the room with them breathing, they won’t sleep too hard. (Science bees please don’t quote me on this, lol). Just out of curiosity and seeing as though I will be TTC in a couple of months, I wanted to know if it was better to have the baby sleep in my room in a bassinet or in their crib in the nursery. What did you do?
Post # 3
I just posted about where to put my baby’s room, and many of the ladies said for the first 3-6 months, or first few months, I will want the baby in my room, so I am going with that! I need to do more research on SIDS though as I am finding I am completely uneducated.
Post # 4
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I was part of facilitating a forum with the top doctors/experts in SIDS a few years ago updating the recommendations. The one thing that really resonated with me from that forum was that your baby should be in the room with you until 6 months of age, and co-sleeping (in the same bed) provides a much higher risk of SIDS. They actually recommend that you don’t even use blankets (versus a sheet, swaddle) with newborns.
I am all for people doing what feels right to them (definitely not opening up for a co-sleeping debate), just passing on the information from the researchers.
This is the updated brochure based on the forum I was part of: http://www.phac-aspc.gc.ca/hp-ps/dca-dea/stages-etapes/childhood-enfance_0-2/sids/pdf/sleep-sommeil-eng.pdf
Post # 5
@missamysmiles: Appreciate the expert pamphlete. I will be sleeping in the room w/ my baby although not sure how long (guessing 3-6 months) because it’s easier to breast feed and the baby will be next door shortly after w/ a monitor. I also am not co-sleeping in the same bed. It seems to be a point of contention w/ friends and co-workers who swear it’s best. Also not here to debate, just stating my opinion and my choice.
Post # 6
9 months, but only because the house we were in (my Mum’s) didn’t have an extra room for her. As soon as we moved in with her Dad/DH (SO at the time), however, she slept in her own room.
Post # 7
I planned on having my daughter sleep with us up until 3 months then put her in her room.. Whats this about not using a blanket though? Ill be having my baby in Nov– and Im sure its going to be cold and get colder during the winter months. Definetly, we will have the heater on but Im sure Id still want to use a blanket or something to cover them.. wht do I Do?
Post # 8
@Mrsgurzakovic: look up sleep sacks – it’s like a wearable sleeping bag.
My LO is 6 months and still sleeps with me. Sometimes in an arms reach cosleeper and sometimes in our bed.
Post # 9
Exactly 6 weeks. It was a random time I heard, and her room was right across the hall from us anyway. It was easier to nurse her with her in the room, but she was sleeping a little better at 6 weeks, and I just coudln’t get quality rest with her right there next to me…and especially after 7 weeks when I finally realized that nursing wasn’t doing any of us any good!
I was ADAMANT about getting her out of our room as soon as possible, and not letting her sleep in our bed as she got/gets older. My little sister was sleeping with my parents well past the age of 6 and I just can’t deal with that…
Post # 10
At least the first six months for us, although probably longer. It will make BF more convenient. I’ve also read that sleeping with a fan decreases the risk of SIDS. Something about the air movement…
Post # 11
@Charlies_Angel: I was very paranoid about SIDS and I literally slept while sitting up with my daughter on my chest for like a month before I realized that just wasn’t normal lol. She slept in bed with me until about 6ish months (without blankets or anything that could suffocate her) and her crib stayed in my room for another two months after that. Breastfeeding is 100000x easier when baby is right there with you.
Post # 12
@Mrsgurzakovic: Sleep sacks are perfect, as well as fleece footie pjs. Baby will be plenty warm as long as you have a heater in the house.
Post # 13
@JFay: My brother did the exact same thing as your sister and my parents were miserable!!
With DS I was younger (almost 20) when I had him and I was not well informed of SIDS except to make sure to put him on his back to sleep, so he was moved from a bassinet in our room to the crib in his room at 6 weeks.
Now that I am more informed, DD will be in our room until she is 16 weeks as long as she is still comfortable in the bassinet. They do recommend 6 months but I have read that at 16 weeks the chances significantly drop from that point on.
Post # 14
My little boy was 7 weeks early so for the first 4 weeks of life he was in the NCIU. Once he got home he spent about a month/month and half in our room in a cradle. Then we moved his cradle to his room which is acrross from ours and just used a baby monitor. Then about month 4 or 5 we moved him to his crib in his room.
Post # 15
I bought a co-sleeping nest thingy to have in bed with us, but would prevent either of us from rolling over on her. We intended to have her in our room for the first couple of months, but we ended up putting her in her own room, in her own bed, pretty much right from the beginning.
I can see her in her crib from my bed (diagonally across the hall) and we used a monitor for about a week. One night, I forgot to turn on her monitor and she coughed once… it woke me from a dead sleep. She never even stirred. I knew at that point if she needed anything I could see and hear her from my own bed as long as the doors are open.
We use a Halo fleece sleep sack now, but when she was teeny tiny we used a swaddle blanket.
We also have a consistent bed time routine and a noise machine (plays ocean sounds) so she has been sleeping more or less through the night all night every night from very early on. I would not be opposed to having the baby in our room but it just fell into place very easily for us to have her in her own room, which is ultimately the goal anyway.
Post # 16
I also plan on cosleeping for the first 6 months (not up for debate!). I’ve noticed many studies that discourage co-sleeping are methodologically limited in distinguishing SIDs deaths from suffocations and other parent/bed related dangers. They end up grouping them all together & saying cosleeping increases SIDS which is flawed. In fact, it might have increased risk of death from other causes…