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The following guest post has been written by Virginia Blackwell. Virginia is a blogger and mummy to two young boys. She lives with her family in Leeds. Below is her advice on how to adapt your child to sleeping in their own room.
Getting your toddler to sleep in his or her own bed can be a trying process, however it is a natural progression in the stages of childhood and, as difficult as it may be, a must in your child’s maturation and development. Although this isn’t one of the easier parts of parenting, it doesn’t have to end in tears. Think your child will have problems adjusting to this change? Here are some tips that will make this transition smooth for both you and your child.
Prepare Your Child for this New Chapter
Before you enforce your new sleeping arrangements, you should first prepare him or her for the new change by discussing this adjustment. Much like adults many children don’t deal well with change and, much like a special blanket or favourite toy, your bed and your room in general has been a source of comfort and security and is attached to this familiar sanctuary. Start by reminding your child that he or she is becoming a big boy or girl and therefore needs to start sleeping in his or her own room. Suggest that your child help you redesign the room to reflect his or her maturation. For example, I allowed my son to pick out paint from Crown Paints and a new Dreams UK bed when we redecorated his room. After you set up the room don’t force your child to sleep in it right away as pushing the new sleeping arrangement on your child may cause more harm than good. Ease your little one into his or her new surroundings by encouraging your child to be more independent and providing positive reinforcement. Reward your toddler’s efforts to adjust by giving him or her a special treat that is associated with their new room such as a new stuffed friend to sleep with at bedtime.
Remain Firm: Enforcing the New Sleeping Regimen
Naturally, your child is going to approach the new arrangement with reluctance and hesitation, particularly when it is time for bed. If your child refuses to sleep alone in his or her own bedroom, have him or her sleep there during nap time initially. This will give your child the opportunity to get acquainted with sleeping in his or her own bedroom, making it easier for him or her to spend more nights sleeping (and staying) in his or her room. No matter what, do not force your child to sleep alone at night. For the first few days give your tot the option to sleep in the new bed. However, gradually become more assertive about your child sleeping permanently in his or her room. If your child is still unwilling to sleep alone be persistent about it. Again, your child is going to
be resistant, but whatever you do, don’t indulge this behavior. Explain to your child the importance of sleeping in the room and bring him or her back to it. With a stubborn toddler this may be challenging but, with a little patience and time, you will get over this hurdle in child rearing.
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