How To Move Your Child Into Their Own Room
Moving Your Child Into Their Own Room
There comes a time when your baby will be ready to move out of your room and into their own. Exactly when you do this is entirely up to you. There are no hard and fast rules. You have to work out what is right for you and your child. What works for one child will not work for another so be flexible and don’t rush it.
Here are some tips for making the transition easy and fun for the whole family.
Make the room lovely
Make the room somewhere that you are happy to leave your baby. If you feel positive about it then they will too! This does not require a huge budget. All it takes is a few simple changes to make it a child-friendly environment.
Don’t go for décor that is too focused on babies. Remember that they grow very quickly and you could end up having to redecorate very quickly. This takes up a lot of time and money! Go for plain, neutral colours. Pastels and whites work very well and a few pots of emulsion cost very little. Finish the look off with some perfectly made curtains that will complement the décor. There are hundreds of ready-made styles to choose from. This is the ideal option when you have a young child to look after and have limited time.
Choose furniture that could have multiple functions. Could you buy a cot/bed that will last for a few years or a changing station that could convert into toy storage?
Let your baby get to know their room
Spend plenty of time in your baby’s new room with them. Go in there to get them dressed after a bath. Read with them in there and play games. Keep all of their toys and clothes in there. Make it somewhere that they are familiar with and where they feel relaxed. Allow them to explore all over the room and in their new bed or cot. Let them climb in and out of it whenever they want. They will soon come to the conclusion that is a safe and fun place to be.
Use the new bedroom for daytime naps
Start by using the room for daytime naps. The atmosphere around daytime naps is much more relaxed. You and your child are not over-tired, it is not dark and emotions are not running so high!
Use exactly the same routine for the nap as you did for the old room and don’t forget their usual toy or comforter.
Choose the right time for the move
Only you will know when that is. It is something that you may want to discuss with your partner. If you are both in favour of the move it will work better. It will not help if you are sending mixed messages to your child. However, there are occasions when it would not be advisable to make the transition. This is when you child is ill, when you have just moved into a new house or when a new sibling has just arrived!
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