There are a few scenarios in which parents could find themselves in trying to get their children to sleep in their own room. Your child might have had a toddler bed in your room up until now, or you have let them sleep in your bed and now it is time for them to sleep in their own room. It can be incredibly difficult for a child to suddenly have to sleep in a room on their own, but these tips to get your child to sleep in their own room will hopefully help.
Some children adjust easily, and others need a little help. Keep this in mind when transitioning your child to their room.
Make The Room Sleep-Friendly
Before you ask your child to sleep in their own room all night, you need to make sure their room is sleep-friendly. Make sure the room is soothing and helps to calm nighttime fears.
It helps to understand what your child views as relaxing and comforting. Some children like white noise and a night light, while others might want complete silence and darkness. Once you understand what makes your child comfortable, you can create their room to be this way. You might have to experiment with a few different things first, but easing nighttime fears is important to get your child to sleep on their own.
Create Clear, Simple Expectations
Talk to your child about the change in their sleeping routine, and explain clearly that they will now be sleeping in their own room. Validate their feelings, acknowledge that they might be scared, but give them the confidence they need to do it alone. Be empathetic but also encouraging and stern.
If your child has been sleeping in your bed for a very long time, it can be difficult to get them to sleep in their own room in one go. You might have to take small steps to achieve this goal. This might be by them sleeping on a mattress on the floor in your room, and then you sleep in their room for a few nights. You can work your way from here to transition to them sleeping in their room. It will take time, but it will be worth it in the long run.
Have A Good Bedtime Routine
It will be so much easier for your child to get used to sleeping in their own bed if you set a good bedtime routine. This will help them unwind each night and get ready for bed. Keep the same routine of having dinner, a warm bath, and some stories before bed. Some cuddling can also help them settle down to sleep.
It can be so difficult to constantly return a crying child to their bed in the middle of the night when all you want to do is sleep. However, you need to remain consistent. Waking up at night won’t be forever, and you just need to get through a few hard nights to have your child sleeping on their own. Sending mixed messages by letting them sleep in your bed some nights will not help.
Remain positive and give your child the encouragement they need to sleep in their own room.