5 Tips for Families Who Room Share

Having limited space in your home for baby can be a challenge. Sharing a space with your little doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy sleep too! Keep reading for our top tips on room sharing with your little!

Sharing a room with your newborn can be a challenge, but it’s a reality for many families, whether it’s by choice, due to space constraints or necessitated for various reasons. We are honored to help families in all circumstances get the sleep they deserve! So, we’ve curated a list of our top tips for those who room share, covering safety to implementing healthy sleep habits and more!

Here are some tips for families with shared spaces to get you all the zZz’s!

Tip # 1 Create a Separate Space

  • We recommend that the baby sleeps in a crib away from your bed. Having some distance between you and your baby will help in the sleep training process, especially if you have some kind of divider so that baby cannot see you.
    • There should not be any pillows, stuffed animals, loose blankets and interactive toys (including mobiles) in or near the crib. The crib should be free of all stimulation. That cute mobile can be hung over the dresser and the perfectly chosen pillows, stuffed animals and blankets can be placed on the floor or in a decorative  basket. 
  • The new SlumberPod HomeBase, is the FIRST and ONLY patent-pending blackout solution for a full-size crib when used with SlumberPod. The HomeBase creates a room within a room. Genius, right?! 

Tip # 2 Routine

  • Follow along with Moms on Call’s ‘Typical Day’ schedules located in the Moms on Call Books and Scheduler App.
  • Keeping a consistent routine for baby helps build positive sleep habits. Having a consistent sleep schedule will help baby sleep better, longer and likely make room sharing a bit easier!
  • You may also find it helpful to stagger yours and baby’s bedtimes, giving them time to settle down without being able to hear and smell you! (Which, if you’re breastfeeding, may be like smelling their favorite kitchen…and who could sleep through that?!)

Tip # 3 White Noise

  • White noise is reminiscent of the noise babies hear inside the womb.
    • The white noise machine should be kept on all night long and kept 12-24 inches from the head of the crib.
  • Pro tip: White noise machines are not just for baby! They help create a calm and peaceful sleeping environment for adults too!

Tip # 4 Environment

  • We want this space to emanate sleep.
    • Remove any televisions or other distractions from the room.
  • Babies sleep best in cool temps! 
    • The room should be kept at a cool 68-72ºF.
  • You can find more tips for creating the ideal sleep environment here.

Tip # 5 Swaddle Well

  • If you are looking for a sleep miracle, this is it!
    • When done correctly, the Moms On Call Swaddle Technique will calm and soothe a fussy baby within minutes.
    • The Moms On Call Swaddle Blanket was specifically designed with flannel fabric to provide exactly the right amount of elasticity.
    • Swaddling is recommended for babies under 12 weeks and 12 lbs.
      • For babies 3 months and up check out the Moms on Call sleep guidelines in our Books and Online Courses.

You’re already a great parent—we’re here to help you better understand your little one and enjoy the parenting process with practical advice that really works!  Visit the Moms on Call Shop to view all of our resources that will help you to sleep, feed, laugh and love birth through toddlerhood! For personalized support, connect with one of our Certified Moms on Call Consultants who would love to partner with your family!

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