When should I start preparing the baby room?
Most parents choose to start setting up and decorating the nursery during the second trimester — that should give you time to pick out and order furniture, repair the room, paint, and assemble/decorate. All in all it takes at least a few weeks to fully decorate a nursery for most people.
When can baby sleep with blanket?
You may be tempted to offer your baby a soft, warm blanket to help comfort them at night. However, blankets are not recommended until your baby reaches at least 12 months old because they can increase the risk of accidental suffocation.
Can you put baby in own room before 6 months?
Official guidelines tell parents to keep babies in the parent(s) room until they are 6 months old. This is because the risk of SIDS (cot death) is greater for babies who sleep on their own compared to sleeping in the presence of an adult.
How should I dress my baby to sleep without a swaddle?
Baby can graduate to a sleep slack or wearable blanket instead. These are also great options if your munchkin didn’t take to the swaddle from the get-go. If neither swaddling nor sleep sacks work for you, that’s fine as well. Choose footed sleepwear or slightly warmer fabrics to increase warmth when needed.
How do I get my baby to sleep in the same room?
To keep your little one close, but not in your bed: Put a bassinet, play yard, or crib next to your bed. This lets you keep that desired closeness, which can be especially important if you’re breastfeeding. Having an infant sleep in a separate space in the same room as the mother reduces the risk of SIDS.
Can babies sense mom in the room?
Levenson notes that your baby will not only learn to recognize your scent, but will learn no matter how you feed them. “Your baby will recognize your scent within days of birth. He will nuzzle in the space between your chin and your chest to feel close to you,” she says.