Can I Sleep Train my Baby in My Bedroom?
Often, by necessity or by choice, baby shares a room with Mom and Dad for the first few months of life. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that you room share until your baby is at least 6 months old, and ideally for the entire first year. This leaves parents wondering… can I still sleep train my baby if he sleeps in our bedroom?
The answer is yes. You definitely can. It will take more stamina and perseverance and (perhaps) a bit more time, but it most certainly can be done.
Here’s what you need to keep in mind when sleep training your baby in your room
- Move your baby’s crib as far away from your bed as possible.
- Create a visual barrier between your bed and your baby’s crib. You want to be out-of-sight-out-of-mind for your baby when she wakes up in the middle of the night, as seeing you can be just a little too tempting. Try this fantastic Ikea hack to create a mini-bedroom for your baby within your room. If your bedroom arrangement allows for it, leaving a closet door open so it blocks your baby’s view can also work.
- Use loud white noise and (optional) earplugs for yourself. Don’t worry, you’ll still hear your baby if he needs you! This will just minimize the effects of the minor whimpers that would normally have you staggering out of bed unnecessarily.
- Arm yourself with lots of resolve! It’s easier to sleep train a baby when he’s in his own room, so be prepared for some hard and worthwhile work.
- Make sure that you begin the sleep training process with realistic expectations. You won’t always get the same results sleep training in your bedroom as you would in another room. And that’s ok. If this is the situation you’re facing, you can make the best of it. The key is to have the right expectations going in so you don’t end up disillusioned or disappointed.
Arm yourself with the right tools, a proper sleep plan and a realistic timeframe of at least 1-2 weeks. Decide if this is something you want to attempt on your own or if you can benefit from a more experienced hand on your journey. You may not get a lot of sleep during the actual training process, but once it’s complete you can sink into an uninterrupted night’s sleep every night…if that’s not mom heaven, I don’t know what is. 😉