My baby is five months old. He doesn’t sleep well, and his crib is in our room. Is it time to move him out?
Our Mommy MD Guide’s reply: Sleep is always a challenge with babies. When they’re first born, especially if you’re nursing, it’s easy to have them right beside you in a bedside crib.
But I think one of the best things my husband and I did was move our son Benjamin’s crib into his own room. We did this when he was around five months and he no longer needed a nighttime feeding.
We also turned off his monitor and left both of our doors open. That way we could hear Benjamin if he cried, but we couldn’t hear every little sigh. Now instead of Benjamin waking up every time we rolled over, and him waking us up every time we made a noise, we were able to distance ourselves just enough that we wouldn’t disturb each other.
That one small change really helped stretch out Benjamin’s middle-of-the-night wakings.
—Nancy Thomas, MD, a mom of a 22-month-old son who practices general obstetrics and gynecology in a thriving practice in Covington, Louisiana, with Ochsner Health System