Rooming In with Baby

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newborn babyWhat’s “rooming in” you ask? For those soon-to-be new moms out there, rooming in is where your baby stays with you during your hospital stay, instead of in the maternity ward nursery. Different hospitals have different policies on rooming in – full or partial, so it’s important to confirm that your hospital offers the choice you want, before you choose to deliver there.

When you get home, you have the same options – your baby can sleep in your room, either in the bed or in his own crib or bassinette, or he can sleep in his own room. There are pros and cons to both rooming in and not rooming in, which we’ll cover in detail below, so you can make an informed decision.

Pros of Rooming In

Keeping your baby with you at all times after birth is part of a mother’s instinct – so to remove your baby to another room may result in negative emotions. Additionally, enhancing the mother and baby bond during these first few days is important for both mom and newborn and will help to lead to a stronger relationship.

Having your baby in the room with you also helps you to learn baby’s “cues” – when he’s hungry, tired, or needs a change. It helps you to establish a regular pattern of sleeping and feeding so you can continue it at home. When you do get home, you may find rooming in is easier for night time feedings and that you both don’t have to wake up quite as much to feed, so you both get back to sleep sooner.

Pros of Nurseries

You will never be quite as exhausted as the first day after you deliver a baby, and having to immediately care for your newborn 24/7 may just be too much of a burden to bear. Nursing staff can care for your baby while you sleep and bring him to you for regular feedings so you can get some much needed rest and time to recuperate before going home.

At home, you and your baby may feel more comfortable in your own rooms, and you may find that you both sleep better. Mom’s super-hearing can be a bit of an inconvenience sometimes, and with a baby in the room you may find yourself waking every time he moves or makes a noise. Babies who have their own room may also find it easier to go to sleep on their own – which in turn makes it easier on mom at bedtime.

The Compromise

As with most things in life, there are compromises. At the hospital you can request to have your baby with you during the day and then get a good sleep at night while he’s in the nursery, or just have a few hours off to catch a good nap.

At home, sleeping in may work for the first few weeks, but once baby is sleeping for longer periods you can transfer him to his nursery so you can both get a more solid sleep. Nothing is set in stone, so give whichever option you think will work best a try!

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  1. Avatar of Corea W. Corea W. says:

    I’ve already requested a Full rooming in. So that I can not only bond but to breastfeed at will. I want to know his beginning personality, which is important to me.

  2. Avatar of Erin Erin says:

    This is my first child, we will room in at the hospital. Once we get home, she will sleep in her nursery.

  3. Avatar of sharrion sharrion says:

    my first child and i want him to room with me. I cant imagine him not rooming with me at the hospital after waiting so long to see him. He will be with me when we go home also

  4. Avatar of Maze Maze says:

    this will be my first baby and will be room in

  5. Avatar of Jamilah Jamilah says:

    With my first child, I let the nursery in hospital keep him during the night and then I had him all day. It worked out great and I felt more rested and prepared to come home with him. I am pregnant with second child and I plan on doing the same.

  6. Avatar of ju ju says:

    My son slept in his bassinet right next to me until he outgrew it, and I plan on doing the same thing with my daughter. It was a lot better and easier for us that my son slept in our room mainly for all those late night feedings and diaper changes.

  7. Avatar of Stephanie Stephanie says:

    My first son went to the nursery and they only brought him back to breastfeed. I liked it like that. The hospital made me feel so safe. They even had a “bipper” on his belly button to accuse if anyone would try to kidnap him. It was the best choice I made. Plus when we got back home, he stayed on his own room right away. Also think it was the best decision for us. He sleeps on his own right now. So I wanted to do the same with my second one, the problem is that we are in a 2 bedroom house so the first months he will have to stay in our room. Since my older son is 2 and 4 months old. I am afraid he may try to “help” or play with his little brother. Or the baby may bother his older brother’s sleep. So it will have to be like that for now. I just hope he will learn to sleep in through the night like his older brother. ;) that way they can sleep together soon.

  8. Avatar of LIZ says:

    I was with my baby in the room, i never think to let them take my baby away from me,

  9. Avatar of mommy nhoj mommy nhoj says:

    Baby was sent for room in the following day she was delivered. And yes, she kept me awake the whole time! But being a first time mom, it was nothing! I waited to see her for 9 months and I want to make the most of it. On my second pregnancy, i believe I can do better. By the way, my husband has been so helpful during these times.

  10. Avatar of Alanna Alanna says:

    Absolutely rooming in. My partner will be there to help.

  11. Avatar of Carrie Carrie says:

    i dont really have a choice right now. living in a two bedroom apartment with my fiances mom. and on top of that we are over 1000 miles away for home.

  12. Avatar of Kristie Kristie says:

    Had 2 kids have to go to the NICU and one that didn’t, loved being able to have baby with me (except for shower before check-out).

  13. We’ll definitely be rooming-in.

  14. Avatar of Phammom Phammom says:

    We will be rooming in.

  15. Avatar of Dario Dario says:

    I wonder which she would perfur..I say room-in

  16. my first baby roomed-in and this one will also

  17. My baby slept with us in our room. If you plan to breastfeed make sure you tell your nurses not to give him a pacifier! It makes it so much harder for them to latch on! I didn’t think about that and it was too late. he got used to the pacifier!

  18. I plan to breastfeed my son and I’m paranoid about this crazy world we live in. I want him in the room. I’ll ask family to watch him at night. If I can sleep! I’m so excited about meeting him soon. 10 days or less :D

  19. Avatar of Marilyn Marilyn says:

    I want him with me <3

  20. Avatar of lyndsey lyndsey says:

    I want my lil boy with me at all times in the hospital, and my hubby fills the same. He will always be with one or both of us at all times at the hospital and at home! Hes our first baby so were very protective over him and hes not even born yet! I cant wait to hold my lil boy!

  21. Avatar of JoyRied JoyRied says:

    I plan on rooming in with my baby boy. I don’t want to let him out of my sight!

  22. Avatar of renee200823 renee200823 says:

    I kept my first child with me after delivery and later that night I fell asleep and heard a nurse come into my room and she was reaching for my baby and I almost lost it! After that all baby check ups were done in room to avoide the crazy mama :P

  23. Avatar of jackie jackie says:

    I had my first child with me at all times…..she slept in my room and i believe I’m going to do the same to my new baby boy

  24. I would like to do rooming in for a little while in the beginning. I would NEVER have my baby in bed with us. I can’t imagine that’s safe at all.

  25. Avatar of AmyC AmyC says:

    We were glad the hospital my clinic is associated with encourages rooming in. At home she will start in the bassinet in our room and at some later point upgrade to the crib in hers.

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