How do you get your child to sleep in their own bed after co-sleeping? It's not easy, but it can be done. Here are some tips to make your transition easier
More and more parents today are embracing attachment parenting and co-sleeping. However, eventually, parents have to reclaim their bed and get their children to sleep in another bed. Why?
According to The Huffington Post, school-age children should learn how to sleep in their own beds because:
- Children need to learn to self-soothe.
- Parents need their privacy, and children should understand that.
- Children take pride in taking care of themselves. It builds their self-esteem.
- Not being able to sleep without their parents limits children’s activities (i.e. makes sleepovers with friends impossible).
- Not sleeping together encourages parents to find other ways to bond with their children.
- Children are able to overcome their fears (e.g. of the dark, of monsters under the bed, etc.) by themselves.
Waiting until your child is school-aged won't do him any favors. It's best to start early. Getting your child to sleep alone also allows parents to get more quality rest. But training your child to sleep by themselves is easier said than done. Here are some tips from WebMD and Parenting.com on teaching your kids to sleep in their own beds.
1. Get the timing right
Wait until things are stable. If you’re expecting a new baby or if you’re anticipating a vacation, wait a little longer. It’s easier to train your child when you have a regular routine.
2. Talk about your plans in the afternoon
Let your child know in advance about how you plan on changing your routine.
3. Read a “sleepytime book” to your child
You can find a book about sleeping in one’s own bed. Some recommended titles are It’s Time to Sleep in Your Own Bed, I Sleep in My Own Bed, and Big Enough for a Bed. You can even make your own storybook with stick figures, so you can make a more personalized story.
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