Separate room readiness test for children and parents

couchOur babies slept in their cribs, in our room, from the day they came from the hospital until they were 8 months-old (2,5 years apart). Around 8-months, after a test I’ll call “separate room readiness test”, we decided to move them into their own rooms for their and our sake. Actually, let me rephrase, we moved out of the room and found ourselves a new place to sleep.

The conditions that triggered the “separate room readiness test”:

Both of my children got into the routine of sleeping through the night early on. When both of our kids turned 8 month, which is around the time when they started pulling themselves up to stand, they started to wake up in the middle of the night with no rhyme or reason. As I breastfed them as a response, this started to become a habit.

I sensed that they became really sensitive to our tossing and turning, and I recommended my husband that we move out of the room and sleep in the living room for a night.

Voila! The night we moved out each child (2.5 years apart) slept through the night again. And the night after and after… With my son, it took us a little bit longer to figure it out, but with my daughter, the second night she woke up at 8 months-old, we were packed and settled in our guest bedroom.  And we never moved back into the room again, because everyone was sleeping through the night.

We concluded that, around the time of their developmental milestone, they were becoming really sensitive to outside sounds at night, including our tossing and turning.

If you are sharing your room with your babies and around their developmental milestones and they suddenly stop sleeping through the night without a reason, try the “separate room readiness test”. Maybe it’ll work for you as well.


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