How to Get Your Toddler to Sleep in Her Own Bed
Sleep is a beautiful thing, but your toddler may not agree. If getting your child to sleep in his or her own bed is a challenge, try some of these tips from Very Well Family:
Make Your Child’s Room Sleep-Friendly
Whether your child needs a stuffed animal, a white noise machine or a nightlight, make sure their room is sleep-friendly. “Experiment with a few different things to see what helps your child feel most relaxed,” writes Amy Morin. “Easing nighttime fears can be key to getting your child to sleep independently.”
Create Clear Expectations
Talk to your child about the change you are going to make with your sleep habits ahead of time. While it is important to validate your child’s feelings and show empathy (“I know it’s scary to sleep alone when you’re not used to it but I know you can do it”), you need to also let them know that you expect your child to stay in her own bed all night.
Establish a Helpful Bedtime Routine
A bedtime routine will help your child unwind and get ready to sleep. A warm bath, reading a few good books—whatever you need to do to help your child get ready to sleep. “Then, when it’s time for lights out, shut off the lights and leave the room so he can practice falling asleep on his own,” says Morin.
If you want your child to start sleeping in her bed, you have to send a clear message every single night. “Be consistent in returning your child to his bed and don’t make exceptions that say he can sleep in your bed because he’s tired or because you had a rough day,” suggests Morin. “Sending mixed messages will only prolong the problem.”
Provide Positive Reinforcement
Reward your child for sleeping in her own bed. Tell our child what they will earn if they sleep in their own bed all night and combine rewards with praise—making it clear that you’re pleased with your child’s progress.
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