It's not always a child to sleep in a narrow baby cot. Yes, there are times when your little one will grow up and move to a children's bed, whether you are in a room with you or in your own room. This is certainly a challenge for parents. The reason is, not all children want to sleep alone, either because they are accustomed to sleeping in cots or afraid to sleep alone. So, how do you make children want to move to their beds? How to get children to sleep alone and teach them not to be afraid?
When should the child sleep alone on his bed?
Actually, there is no specific benchmark when children have to move from a baby cot to a bed. Just follow the little one's will and talk carefully when he is ready to sleep alone on the bed.
The signs that a child is ready to move to his own bed is when he starts to often climb baby beds, feel cramped during sleep, or spend more time on your bed. Usually, this is often done by children aged 1.5 to 3.5 years.
Even so, Deborah Lin-Dyken, an expert on child sleep disorders, revealed to the Baby Center that you should wait for your child to be 3 years old to be better prepared to sleep alone.
How to teach children to sleep on their own bed
Before teaching your child to sleep alone on his bed, you should tell your child about a week beforehand so he is not surprised. Give an explanation to him that he is no longer a 'baby' and starts growing big. Tell him, "Now the younger brother is big, let's sleep on your own bed."
Without having to force it, you can teach your child to sleep alone on his bed in the following way.
1. Choose a comfortable mattress
Before teaching your child to sleep on his own bed, the first step you should do is prepare a comfortable bed for your little one. Choose the type of mattress that is soft, soft, and free of mites to keep your child's skin sensitive. Also, make sure the mattress you choose is not too high to make it easier for children to go up or down from the bed.
It's best to involve the child when choosing a bed, sheets, and blankets for him. Maybe your little one prefers a mattress with a super hero or an animal. If the child is interested in the mattress of his choice from the start, then it will be easier for you to teach him to sleep on his new bed.
If possible, place the mattress in the same place as the baby cot. That way, children will more easily adapt to the new mattress because the atmosphere does not change much.
2. Let children put their favorite items around the mattress
Give children the freedom to put all their favorite items around the bed. Because, children will usually find it easier to sleep when surrounded by items that he likes.
Most importantly, make sure the child feels comfortable and likes the atmosphere of the new room or bed. If the child's mood improves, it will be easier for you to teach the child to move the bed to the bed.
3. Get used to the child napping on the bed
Before you train your child to sleep on his bed at night, try training the child to take a nap on the bed. As a first step, you can invite your child to play together on the bed until he falls asleep. Either by reading story books, playing cars, and so on.
Once he starts to feel comfortable sleeping on a bed during the day, then you can slowly take him to sleep on the bed at night. Remember, stay with your baby until he really sleeps well on the bed. If necessary, place a few pillows or bolsters around the child's body to prevent them from falling out of bed.
4. Invite their siblings to sleep together
If your little one has an older sibling, ask his brother for help to get the younger brother to sleep with him on the bed. The younger sister will certainly be calmer and safer because she feels guarded by her sister throughout the night. In addition to teaching your child to sleep on a mattress, this can also strengthen the relationship between brother and sister, you know.
5. See the child's response to sleep
After your child has managed to sleep on his new bed, pay attention to the movements of the child while sleeping. Does he start to sleep well or even look uncomfortable and start whining to move?
If your child shows signs of discomfort while sleeping, pat his body slowly to calm the child. Remember, don't leave your child to sleep alone in uncomfortable conditions.
Don't force your child to sleep on his new bed if he is not ready. Let her go back to sleep in her baby's bed instead of letting the child fuss all night.
If the child manages to pass one night well, give him a small award to appreciate his efforts. For example by giving a new story book, picture stickers, or going for a walk to the park tomorrow. Awards do not need to be expensive, the important ones are useful and make your child feel valued when they succeed in sleeping alone.
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