Training Children to Sleep in Their Own Rooms, What to Do?

Children will not be able to continue sleeping with their parents. However, when should children start sleeping in their own rooms and sleeping?

Training Children to Sleep in Their Own Rooms, What to Do?
Gratisun - Children will not be able to continue sleeping with their parents. However, when should children start sleeping in their own rooms and sleeping?

Not a few parents who choose to co-sleep or sleep together since the child is born. Indeed, co-sleeping makes things easier, because parents can pay attention to children at night and do not have to bother walking to the child's room.

Not only that, children will usually feel more comfortable and safe with their parents. So, when the child is rather large, the chances of crying will be much smaller.

Keep in mind, as you get older, of course, children begin to need privacy. So, when is the right time to let a child sleep in his or her own room?

Actually, this question is hard to answer. Because, there is no age that is really right and ready for the child to sleep in his own room. It depends heavily on the parenting of his parents.

For example, parents who adhere to parenting attachment parenting or how to care for children that focuses on maintaining child and parent relationships, have accustomed their children to sleep alone at the age of eight years.

Unfortunately, this is causing problems. During sleeping with children, parents feel there is only a foster care bed, not a marital bed. On the other hand, children do not feel enough autonomy.

Meanwhile, in an article on the Medicine.net website, it was revealed, experts recommend teaching children to sleep in their own rooms as soon as possible.

Because, it will be easier to teach children aged 1-3 years to sleep in the box themselves because children at that age will be difficult to get outside.

According to Quirky Kid, many parents let their children sleep on their own from the age of 2-2.5 years. So the point is, encourage the child to sleep in his own room when we feel that he is "ready."

For example, when he no longer wets the bed or can already take a drink himself if thirsty in the middle of the night. How to encourage children to sleep in their own rooms

Getting a child to sleep in his or her own room is certainly not easy, especially if he has become accustomed to co-sleeping with parents.

However, the following tips may be helpful.


Don't rush

It's normal for children to experience anxiety when separated. So, don't expect your little one to suddenly be okay in his own bed at night.

Take small steps. For example, by sitting on a child's bed at first until he falls asleep. Then, switch to sitting in a chair as he is about to sleep.

We can also give him a little time in our bed, for example about 15-20 minutes, and then make him sleep in his own bed.


Make a pleasant transition

Sleeping in one's own bed shouldn't sound like punishment, but rather an achievement.

Motivate your child with encouraging words, and tell them how much fun it is to get a "grown-up bed" like his mom and dad. We can even let him choose the bed he likes.


Give a gift when it works.

Whether it's a small sticker or his favorite food, give a gift to the child when he manages to sleep in his own bed. The child should feel that sleeping in his own bed is something to celebrate.


Stay consistent

Don't give in easily to fatigue. Sometimes, parents let the child sleep with them because they are too tired to take the child back to his own bed.

Therefore, remember that the pain we are experiencing now will pay off in the long run. If the child is sick or frightened, we can prepare a mattress or folding bed near the child's bed. This will strengthen the child that his own bed is his own, not ours.


Teach your child to sleep alone

Instead of telling your child not to get out of bed when he wakes up in the middle of the night, teach your child how to go back to sleep.

Show him how to count sheep, take deep breaths, etc. as a way to try to fall asleep again.


Encourage children's independence

Take your child to bed when he's sleepy and not when he's asleep. This will help the child to learn how to sleep on his own.

Then, do not lose your cool when trying to put your little one to sleep, especially if he becomes recalcitrant and fussy, because he does not want to separate.

Increase a child's sense of independence by letting him break his bedtime routine, such as choosing his pajamas, bedtime stories, and lullabies.


Follow a sleep routine

Make children follow certain routine activities before going to bed, including brushing their teeth, taking a shower, and changing pajamas. This activity will train the child's mind to be ready for sleep.


Stay on a regular bedtime schedule

Having a consistent sleep schedule helps ensure your child gets enough sleep. This will help train the child's mind to sleep on schedule.


Make sure your child's bedroom is safe and comfortable

Use a sturdy mattress and train your child to sleep on your back, not on your stomach. Then, avoid using a sleeping position regulator for the child or putting additional toys and blankets on his bed.

Because, there is a risk that these objects can cause death because they close the child's respiratory tract.

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