I will not tell you she has always played so nicely by herself. Oh no, in fact it was quite the process getting her to this point. She was the kind of baby that didn't want me out of her sight and would scream if I left the room for even just a second. We used a timer right outside the gate and started her at just 5 minutes. She would stay right by the gate and cry the entire time. Then she slowly started playing with toys right by the gate. And then she moved a little further away. Now she can play everywhere in her room for a good 30 minutes, twice a day! I love to peek in and see her playing. It is also very entertaining to listen to her "read" books and sing songs to herself. I think it has been really good for her as well because she has learned to entertain herself and to focus and concentrate on the toys she is playing with.
The first week was not the easiest but it has sure paid off!
Room time has definitely helped our days run more smoothly and given the both of us a needed break. Alright, I am done, now go put your kids in their rooms, haha!