Parents following the American Academy of Pediatrics’ Updated Safe Sleep recommendations have their infant sleeping in the same room. A major question following your little one's 1st or 2nd birthday may be 'How to make the transition away from room-sharing?'.
Here's a quick reminder of what the AAP says:
"It is recommended that infants sleep in the parents’ room, close to the parents’ bed, but on a separate surface designed for infants, ideally for the first year of life, but at least for the first 6 months."
Dr. Angelique Millette is a Family Sleep Consultant, Parent Educator, and creator of The Millette Method™. We welcomed her back on our show for a third time because she is simply that amazing. Here's what we discuss:
- How to prepare a baby for sleeping in their own room in a way that emphasizes safety and love for the child
- When to start thinking about making the transition from room-sharing to the baby being in their own room (around 12-24 months is pretty typical)
- What considerations to make for having siblings sleep in the same room together
- How sleep solutions vary from child to child
- How to identify and address nightmares and sleep terrors
We discuss the phases of preparation for helping a baby prepare for sleeping in their own room, including practical exercises you can do at home with your child right away. For example, you can use pretend play to demonstrate safety, as well as draw pictures and tell stories about the bedtime routine. Listen to Episode 47 of the Fourth Trimester Podcast for the details.
You can learn more about Angelique at http://www.angeliquemillette.com/.