When did you transition from in-room to nursery?

We have a 5mo who has been in an attached bassinet next to my side of the bed. Our pediatrician recommended moving him to his nursery full-time no earlier than 6mo. I used to count the days until that time (does anyone else's LO sound like a dinosaur sleeping?), but now that 6 mo is around the corner, I am feeling anxious about moving him to his nursery full-time. When did you make the decision to move your LO out of your room? Were there particular milestones you were looking for ahead of time? Any advice on alleviating the anxiety?



  • Jorden
    Jorden Member, Super Parent

    We moved our LO at about 5mths. This also happened to be the time LO was sleeping through most nights, occasionally needing an early AM feed, if I didn't do a "dream feeding". This was perfect timing for us. Our LO was and still is a noisy sleeper so it helped everyone in the house get better sleep. I was anxious as well, but trust me you have a good baby monitor to check in as much (or little) as you want and you will absolutely hear baby if he/she needs something - LO's have a strong cry when they really need something. You'd be surprised how much better you (and hubby) will sleep once baby isn't right next to you.

    As to the pediatrician saying that it should not be any earlier than 6mo. This is just a recommendation from the American Academy of Pediatrics, who actually recommends 1yr in the same room to reduce SIDS. As a provider, this not something I tell my families. Each situation is different and that needs to be considered. Your pediatrician doesn't live with you so her recommendation is just that a recommendation. If you are ready to move baby or need to for any reason, do it!

  • Karianne
    Karianne Member, Super Parent

    We moved our little guy at 10 weeks before my husband went back to work so we could get better sleep. Having the nanit helped so much in knowing our little guy was safely sleeping at night and didn’t have any anxiety with the transition. We are light sleepers so it was so hard to sleep with our little guy in our room making noise and with a sound machine. His nursery is right down the hall from our room so we knew we could get to him very quickly if needed.

  • My LO is 2 weeks old today, and we actually started putting her in her crib 2 days ago when we installed out Nanit!

    We're also right across the hall from her, but it's already helped us get more sleep.

    She's usually up around 5-6am for a feeding so at that point I bring her into our room and then snuggle until we're all ready to get up.

  • The nanit makes the transition easy! I started her sleep transition at 4 months and by 6 months she was sleeping by herself all through the night. The first month I slept with the sound on my phone cuz I can play in the background on your phone and than I got comfortable to wake up to the notifications. The nanit gives you transition tips

  • Natalie_Barnett_PhD
    Natalie_Barnett_PhD Member, Nanit Team, Expert

    You are so right @shadiediamond4 , the Nanit does make the transition easy. It can be really daunting to make that shift to having the baby sleep in a different room, and its very much a personal decision, irrespective of the AAP recommendations. Whilst all of our suggestions follow the guidelines of the AAP, we understand that every family is different and everyone makes the best decisions for their family in their own time. One thing to try when making the transition to the nursery is Nanit Breathing Wear so that you can have the peace of mind that our algorithms are tracking their breathing. We recently surveyed our families and found that 77% of those using Nanit Breathing Wear reported a lower level of anxiety after using the product.

  • Boss
    Boss Member

    2 Months on the dot. Zero anxiety due to the breathing band. Started sleeping 10+ hours at 3 Months with one or two bottle calls.

    My parents have never been so jealous.

  • tory31
    tory31 Member

    We moved our daughter at 3 months. She was rolling already and I didn’t feel safe having her in the Halo bassinet any longer. She is now 5.5 months and typically sleeps 7-7! Her room is right across the hall from us, so we felt safe putting her in there. Plus, the breathewear helped ease our minds SO much.

    Remember, putting a baby in their own room before 6 months does not increase the risk of SIDS as long as you are following safe sleep standards. Room sharing can decrease the risk, but not room sharing just brings you back to baseline.

    You just need to follow your heart!

  • 3 weeks ago...he will be 12 weeks on Wednesday. He started rolling to his side (the nanit caught it on camera ot I wouldn't have known) so it's not safe once that happens. Nanit did make my anxiety much better.

  • Brian
    Brian Member

    We moved ours full time to his nursery at night around 8-10 weeks. He was wanting feedings every 2-3 hours and it was the only way for the parent not feeding that shift to get any rest.

  • My daughter was in the nursery after a week. I couldn't sleep with her in the room. And since I'm a SAHM I needed to be able to function, which I couldn't do since I couldn't get more than 2 hours of sleep. I was anxious at first but using the nanit and breathing wear really eased my mind. We all sleep so much better now.