There is much and conflicting advice available when it comes to getting through the first couple of nights with your new kitten.
Many advocate the “start as you mean to go on” approach but that may be too severe for you and you may elect to sleep close to the kitten’s area for peace of mind. Again, there are no firm rules or regulations – only advice – but if you are going to lie awake and listen for mewling all night anyway, you may as well do it near to the kitten. It will only be for a short time (normally) and the rest of the family will thank you for an uninterrupted night.
Young kittens need a lot of sleep, so do not be surprised if there are regular naps throughout the day. This, of course, means that your kitten will be awake at intervals throughout the night. If all seems well, leave the kitten to wander around and get familiar with its surroundings. Before long, it will be time for another nap. After a few days, a routine will be established and kitty will soon learn to fit in with the family lifestyle.
To begin with, it may be a good idea to bed the kitten down by placing any familiar towel, sheet or piece of clothing inside the travel crate, leaving the door/gate open, and keep the new regular bed/basket until the settling-in period is past. This will offer security and comfort along with the opportunity to get out and explore. Always make sure that the sleeping area is warm and cosy, accessible, and well away from draughts.