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When to move into a cot?

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frillylemons Tue 02-Oct-12 22:01:54

I have no idea where to post this, but maybe someone can help?!

My DD1 is 3 weeks old and I think she is waking herself up by twitching her arms and hitting the side of the moses basket as she likes to sleep with her arms by the side of her head and stretch them out.

Is 3 weeks too young to move her into her cot? Unfortunately her cot is too big for our bedroom so she would be in another room. That doesn't bother me, but I don't really know what to do!!


mamababa Tue 02-Oct-12 22:05:31

Totally up to you. DS1 was in a cot In own room at 8 weeks, DS2 at 11 weeks. A friend moved her DS after 3 days he kept her awake grin

It's what you feel is ok. I just turn the monitor to full volume x

steppemum Tue 02-Oct-12 22:25:55

I posted on your other thread grin

It is recommended that you have baby in your room for first 6 months. It is one of the cot death preventatives. Monitor is not the same, as they think it is something ot do with them hearing your breathing.

If cot in same room, no reason why not

broodylicious Wed 03-Oct-12 08:18:35

I would keep dc in your room til 6 months, as per NHS guidance - 3 weeks is very young to have her on her own IMO because of the risk of cot death and her needing to have you close to her for reassurance. Agree that a monitor is not at all the same - babies need the reassurance that you are there when they wake.

Have you tried swaddling? That would keep any arms from flouncing about overnight. All babies have that startle reflex - it startled me when i saw my dd keep doing it all the way up to nearly 3 months - but it doesn't affect or upset them and will generally get themselves back to sleep immediately.

HKat Wed 03-Oct-12 09:56:33

Agree with broodylicious about swaddling - my DD is now 20 weeks and this helped her enormously when tiny...Stopped her flailing about and waking herself up.

MummyPig24 Wed 03-Oct-12 12:17:56

Ds kept hitting the sides and waking up so he went into a cotbed in my room at around 10 weeks. He stayed in my room till we moved house when he was 12mths. Dd was in a crib in our room for 6mths then the cotbed in. her brothers room. I would personally want my babies with me for a lot longer than 3 weeks. I agree with others that trying swaddling could help.

SeriouslyStrongCheddar Wed 03-Oct-12 12:23:28

My DS has been in his cot since we got home from hospital (in our room) and is fine in it - it's a bedside cot so up against our bed with one side down. He had a very strong startle reflex too so we bought a couple of 'Swaddle Me' swaddle thingies and wrapped him up - much better! He graduated to sleeping bags at around 12 or 13 weeks (he's 16 weeks now) and has grown out of the startle reflex. Would recommend you find a way of keeping him in your room, as others have mentioned, but swaddling should help.

Lucylucy57 Wed 03-Oct-12 14:16:00

My DS has been in his cot in our room since 6 weeks. He's now 13 weeks. He also kept waking himself up by hitting the sides of the basket as he likes to sleep arms out stretched. He hated being swaddled from day one but took to the extra space in his cot straight away. I will keep the cot in my room a little while longer as recommended but I'm glad we made the early switch to the cot as it's helped his sleep patterns greatly.

tattyteddy Wed 03-Oct-12 20:34:05

My DD got too big for the Moses basket and we used a travel cot in our room until she was six months.

My DH refused to dismantle and resemble the cot bed in our room.

The travel cot worked well, we just bought it a bit earlier than planned but still use it when we go away. X

JimbosJetSet Wed 03-Oct-12 20:39:43

Is there definitely no way you could have a cot in your room? DD grew out of her moses basket at 6 weeks, and stayed in our room in a cot until 6 months - I had to climb over her and her cot in order to get out of bed/out of the bedroom but it was worth my peace of mind.

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