There is nothing wrong with sleeping together with your child, but there always comes a time when he becomes too old to share a bed with his parents. Encouraging your child to sleep in his own bed also teaches him independence. Above all, you can spend the quality time you need with your partner.
Try these 3 easy ways to get your toddler to sleep in his own bed:
Take baby steps
If you have been sleeping with your child since he was born, the transition will be much more difficult. The key here is to take one step at a time. First, explain to your child why he needs to have his own room, that all children should sleep in their own bed.
If it is difficult for him to get out of his room from the beginning, tell him that he can sleep there, but not in Mommy and Daddy’s bed. You can sleep on a mattress on the floor. Once he begins to feel more comfortable, you can move to his room, and sleep with him in his bed for the first few nights (or until he is comfortable).
When he wakes up in the middle of the night to go to your room, take him by the hand and take him calmly to his room, no matter how many times he does it.
Make sure your room is suitable for sleeping
Create a relaxing and relaxing environment where your child can feel comfortable sleeping. A comfortable environment will help you fall asleep and get rid of nighttime fears (if you have any).
Provide whatever helps you settle into your own room – do you sleep better with a night light or in complete darkness? Does a white noise machine reassure you? If these are provided in your bedroom, it will be easier for you to sleep in your own bed.
Create a fun nighttime routine
Another effective way to help your child sleep in his own bed is to get him excited about bedtime. Create a fun bedtime routine and stick to it. You can start with a warm bath and then proceed to read your favorite books. Cuddle up for a while until you start to feel sleepy. Then mix it up, turn off the lights, and let it sleep alone.
Try these simple ways to get your toddler to sleep in his own room and you will soon see more nights of good rest.