Sleeping together with the baby is an ancient tradition. There was no opportunity to make a separate place for the baby to sleep in poor peasant working families.
It’s comfortable to sleep with the baby, especially if babies are still breastfed and often wake up at night. By a certain time, it becomes already uncomfortable for parents to sleep with their baby in one bed.
Even the most “dependent” on tactile contact children can easily fall asleep on their own at the age of 3-4 years or earlier. Just prepare your child for it.
First of all, remember that weaning the baby away from the sleep with their parents is a stress. That’s why it shouldn’t coincide with the period of some other important changes, like starting to attend a kindergarten or having another newborn child in the family.
Do that earlier or wait for a couple of months until the baby is used to new conditions.
It’s important to get the baby prepared in the right time. “Catch the moment” when the baby shows their independence and start talking with them about their own crib.
Together with the baby you can choose a new toy to sleep with, a new bedtime fairy-tale, bedding, and pajamas with their favorite characters.
Tactile contact is important for the baby before the bedtime. Give a massage, cuddle and kiss your baby a lot.
Be prepared to difficulties during the first weeks. The baby won’t fall asleep for a long time, ask for a pot, ask for food or drinks.
Just be patient, don’t be angry at your child, and don’t obey the child a lot.
Sit next to the baby for a while, when it’s getting dark. Then explain to the baby with a calm voice that it’s already dark and all of the toys are asleep now, and each is in its separate bed.
At first, it’ll take the baby around 30-40 minutes or even an hour to fall asleep. Then the time period will shorten to 10-15 minutes.
To make it faster and less painful, you should be resistant and don’t take the baby back to your bed. Otherwise, it’ll be harder for the baby to fall asleep in their own bed.
Make sure to also check out our Newborn Checklist – Things to Buy Before the Baby Arrives and Helpful Hints on How to Set Up a Nursery Also, don’t forget to check out CuteRascals to shop for your little ones. Enjoy!!
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