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    Default To sleep with the baby in the same room or not

    My DS went straight in to his room as I wanted him to get used to that environment. BUT I slept in there with him for 12 months. My DH has a full on job and needs his sleep to be able to function. It may not work for everyone but worked well for us.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ScubaGal View Post
    Ps don't let anyone tell you that you need to make a baby sleep alone in another room or you'll have a problem later. Plenty of adults don't like sleeping alone so why would a helpless newborn?

    I'm sorry but that's nonsense. Infants are tiny helpless little creatures and they are meant to be very close to their mother and pretty much attached to the breast early on. It's got nothing to do with how they will sleep later.

    By six months 60% will sleep through the night (5hours) and 40% won't. There's bugger all you can do about which camp your baby is in and you'll drive yourself mad trying and worrying about it.

    Look up Howard Chilton and get his book Baby on Board. He's a well respected paediatrician.
    Not every mother breast feeds. I certainly didn't .

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    Quote Originally Posted by Louise41 View Post
    Not every mother breast feeds. I certainly didn't .
    And to this point, I did and do BF but with both mine I found it hideously uncomfortable and inpractical to feed in bed either laying down or sitting up, so even when my babies were sleeping in our room I would still take them elsewhere in the house to feed at night. So my decisions around where to sleep bubs was completely independent of the fact I was breastfeeding. This was especially true of my first as she pooped every. Single. Feed. So I would have to be up and out of the bedroom to change her anyway.

    Do what feels right and works for you and your bub.

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    Both of ours went into our room for 12 months.

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    mine sleep in my room, if I hadnt had my ds1 in my room Im doubtful I wouldve heard him when he became suddenly very ill at 7 weeks old

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    I'd suggest you and your wife sign up for a breastfeeding class at your local hospital.

    Breastfeeding is a learned skill and being informed makes a big difference to success and experience so go along to a class with your wife.

    Having a supportive husband is a really important factor for success and getting through any rough patches.

    It'll also help you think through some of the sleeping issues.

    You can also do a newborn care class through a public hospital and it's better (much. Better) to take advice on these things from professionals rather than the Internet.

    In general - seek a range of professional opinions on things as a first rule and seek advice from specialists - for example midwives and nurses are often helpful with breastfeeding advice but a lactation consultant will be an expert.

    This is a good rule of thumb for all baby related quandaries.

    Good luck.

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    OP, do whatever suits YOUR family. Don't let anyone guilt you into doing anything parenting related any one particular way. Babies who sleep in their parents room don't learn bad habits, but on the other hand, babies who sleep in another room are not being neglected and undernourished as many emotive posts in this thread would suggest.
    I breast fed round the clock on demand for the first 12 months and both of my babies went straight to their own room because I am a light sleeper and couldn't sleep with their noisy snuffling, and I also wanted private space with my partner.
    Bring your newborn into your room. If you love it- great, keep going. You won't cause them any harm. If you don't, send them off to their own room. You won't cause them any harm.

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    Dd was in her own room from 2nd day home as dh wouldnt let her in our room, we spent many nights sleeping on the lounge together as she didnt sleep well, and had severe reflux and was on a feeding schedule. I found it hard to be in a different room. We are in our own house now and i will be in spare room with new bub so can share for a bettwer night with the ulterior motive there will be no spare bed for mil to sleep in lol.

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    Our two went straight into their own rooms from the day they came home, both breastfed on demand but I didn't want them in with me. I'm a terrible sleeper and would have got no sleep, I didn't like the idea of co sleeping as DH does drink and we didn't feel it safe also he is a heavy sleeper.

    You have to do what works for you and just ensure you follow all safety recommendations.

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    My DD was in my room in her bassinet, then cot for the first 2 years and now at 3yo, she is in my bed. I love being so close to her and sleep much better with her in the same room.

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