Rooming in With Your Newborn

Rooming in is when your newborn stays in your room as opposed to the hospital's nursery. Rooming in can be done in a variety of ways. Full rooming in is when your newborn stays with you the majority of the time. Some birthing units offer partial rooming in. Partial rooming in is when you can send your newborn to the nursery at night.

ADVANTAGES OF ROOMING IN

There are many benefits to rooming in with your newborn, including:

  • Early bonding time with your newborn to learn your voice, touch, and smell.

  • Learning important cues and feeding patterns from your newborn.

  • Less post-delivery pain and need for medicines.

  • Your newborn may sleep better and cry less in the quieter room with you.

  • Getting your milk faster and being able to practice breastfeeding more.

  • Your newborn may breastfeed better.

  • Your newborn may eat better. This helps maintain his or her health and can prevent yellowing of the skin and eyes (jaundice).

  • Decreased risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS).

TIPS FOR SLEEPING WHILE ROOMING IN

To make sure you are getting enough sleep, try these tips:

  • Sleep when your newborn sleeps, even during the day. Newborns sleep often in order to grow.

  • Limit visitors and try not to schedule too many activities. Use quiet time for rest.

  • Try breastfeeding in the side-lying position so that you can rest while your newborn nurses.

  • Find routines, music, essential oils, eye pillows, or other techniques to help you sleep.

Use these tips at home until your newborn sleeps throughout the night.