Getting your child to sleep alone through the nigh in their own bed can be challenging and exhausting. Here are some ideas to help both of you get a peaceful night’s rest.
First: Assess the child. What is enabling their sleep pattern? What steps do you need to take to change things?
Second: Assess what stage you are at. Is it an all night thing, or somewhere in the middle of the night they end up in your bed? Are they in their bed and just having a rough go of making it through the night?
Third: Take the next natural step for your child. Come up with a road map for your family and stick with it. Nothing great happens without a plan and people that will see the plan through. Think of this as your personal agreement to getting your child to sleep alone through the night in their own bed and to saving everyone’s sanity.
Ideas for your Road Map to Getting your Child to Sleep Alone…
You could: let them sleep on the floor next to your bed, let them fall asleep and move them, snuggle with them in their bed. My son’s sleep is a little out of order lately because I’ve had some recent health issues, but normally to get him to sleep where I want him to it uses a little bit of reason, a little bit of reinforcement, a little bit of love, and a little bit (or lot) of patients. It all depends on what makes your child tick and motivates them. Do they like their bed? Are you projecting any anxiety over the big kid move? Assess the full situation, take it all into account, and then lay down the rules about how the night routine is going to work. Special clocks, special doors to keep children locked in and following the plan (I like barn style kid room doors personally), and great bedding might just work. Good luck on this great adventure!