So you've decided it's time to move your baby from the family bed to another location in your bedroom. Congrats — this is a milestone, even if it isn't quite as major as moving your kid into his very own bed. And since this move will involve some changes for everyone, there are ways to transition from bed-sharing to co-sleeping that will make it a little easier.
Making your kid's separate sleep area an inviting place to take a snooze may require a little planning on your part. After all, a bassinet, crib, or sidecar sleeper may not feel quite as warm as the beloved family bed. However, with a little bit of time and effort, you can make your kid's corner of the bedroom as cozy as ever.
For what it's worth, co-sleeping puts you in good company. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, it's safest for an infant to sleep in the same room as caregivers, without sharing the same bed. This allows the parents to keep a close eye on the little one and meet needs immediately, but it also prevents the baby from the danger of getting squished by a sleeping adult. Here are a few ways to make the move out of the family bed a little smoother.