One of the trickiest things to cope with in your child’s early years is getting them comfortable sleeping alone in their bedroom. Most parents will at some stage have to cope with their child climbing into bed with them, which is not great long term for either of you.
Here at Sleepy People, we understand how hard it can be to say no, or how difficult it can be to deal with tired kids, when you’re tired yourself. Thats why we have put together a number of helpful tips for you to try smooth the transition of your little one from your bed to making them feel comfortable in theirs.
Turn bedtime into a sleepover
This method is all about getting creative. It’s about making you child excited about going to bed by making it an event. You’ll need a futon or camp bed, so that you can sleep independently from your child, but still be in the same room (this is an important first step in getting them to sleep on their own).
You’ll need to create a number of bed time activities to do in your child’s room, such as reading a bedtime story or some bedtime songs. This will hopefully make them more comfortable in their surroundings.
Give them responsibility
If your child particularly enjoys responsibility or takes pride in their toys and belongings, this may well work for you. Letting them decide on their own bedding or bedroom furnishings can change the way they view their bedroom, and in turn, sleeping in it.
Allowing them to choose the most personal things like a comforter, blanket or duvet can be the most successful, especially at a young age. As they get older and become interested in a character or theme, then buying bedding covered in their favoured cartoon can also make them more comfortable in their surroundings come bed time.
Try indoor camping
Not dissimilar to the sleepover idea, but in reverse. Essentially this involves pitching a children’s tent in your bedroom. When the inevitable happens and your young one wanders in during the early hours, make it clear that the only way they can stay in your room is if they sleep in the tent.
Filling the tent with all of the bedding from their bed will make it comfortable, whilst giving them the assurance and safety that you are in the same room. Over time try moving the tent back to their room, and then progress to point where they are happy to get back into their own bed. This can be a lengthy process but well worth it for you and your child.
Hope and pray
If nothing else works you can try one of the most straight forward ideas which is to simply get into your child’s bed with them. Comforting them and lying with them should hopefully see them drop off. It’s then a case of seeing how light you are on your feet, as you try and sneak out once your little one has slipped off to the land of nod, thats if you don’t fall asleep too.
Consider sleep treats
This is one for the morning or day after. If you have a successful evening with any of the above tips, or another that has worked with your little ones sleeping pattern, reward them for it. Children love treats, so making sure they know why they are getting it will further reinforce your evening plan, and hopefully help it along the way.
If you found any of the above tips helpful in getting your child back into their own bed or have any tips of your own you would like to share, please do not hesitate to leave a comment below.