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A 34-year-old male asked:

what are your thoughts on a newborn sleeping in a crib in parents room? will they get hooked and not want own room?

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Transition: It is often helpful for a newborn to be in a bassinette near the parents for access & monitoring . However, most babies end up transitioning from the parent's room to their own room. Some families use a family bed - but there is danger of crushing a newborn. The transition can be more difficult (for parent & child) if the child remains in the parent's room as they get older.
Dr. Bac Nguyen
Family Medicine 23 years experience
Many do this: Baby is already sleeping in his/her own bed (crib). Crib being in same room is a matter of convenience. Many people don't have extra room and so sharing is quite common. In many countries, cribs are not commonly used..Babies sleep with parents in same bed. Baby sleeping in his/her own crib is safer, but bonding with mom will be less. For now, enjoy the baby..Worry about room later. Good luck.
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Do what works: Co-sleeping with baby is an absolute no-no if you want to avoid suffocating baby, so the choice of how much separation depends on your circumstances. A crib in your bedroom may work well until you can train baby to sleep more than 5 hrs at night. Without feeding, but with effort & a monitor, you can start them in the room you want for the first years as soon as you get home from delivery.

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