It can happen quickly. You let your child sleep in your room one night since they can’t fall asleep, and now they are sleeping in your room more than they are sleeping in their own. Once this happens, it can be hard to get your child to go back and sleep in their own room. Don’t fear, you will get your bed back! Here are five tips for getting your child to sleep in their room:
1) Use positive language.
After five nights of restless sleep, you are more than ready to get your child back into their own bed. However exhausted you may be, it is important that you use positive language over negative language. Say to your child “You are so big! A big kid gets to sleep in their own room. You are so lucky!” This will go over much better with your child than, “You shouldn’t be sleeping in our bed at your age.”
2) Figure out why they want to sleep in your room.
If your child is sleeping in your room most nights, there is a reason. To solve this problem you need to figure out what is causing it. Ask them why they don’t like sleeping in their own room. If they are afraid of the dark, put a night light in their room. Do they feel like they don’t get as much attention as their sibling? Work on giving them more attention during the day. Once you solve why they are sleeping in your room, you can help solve the bigger issue.
3) Use stuffed animals.
Some kids just don’t like sleeping alone. There is a simple solution to this, stuffed animals. Let your child pick out a cute and cozy stuffed animal that makes them feel comfortable. Once they have something to sleep with at night they will stop sneaking into your bed.
4) Have patience.
We know that after a while this will be frustrating. The best thing you can do for yourself is to remain patient with your child. If you start acting frustrated with them, they will only become more nervous. Be kind and gentle with them, after all they are still little.
5) Be firm.
Although walking your child back to bed at 3am is annoying, it’s worth it. Whenever your child comes to sleep in bed with you, walk them back to their own room. Lay down with them in their bed until they fall asleep if you have to. Being tired the next day because you got out of bed will be worth it in the long run. Eventually your child won’t be coming to your room in the middle of the night.
Written by Holly MacLean from Wee Urban
As a new mom, Holly was driven to start Wee Urban™ to offer the modern family a unique and fresh collection of eco-friendly baby gear and accessories that goes beyond the conventional and explores the exceptional! Tired of traditional pinks and blues and cute motifs, we offer sophisticated designs, “conscious” organic alternatives, practical functionality and superior quality. Using our custom certified organic cotton blends, low-impact dyes, and other trendsetting fabrics, we hope to inspire families to be make better choices and of course- do it all in urban style!
Beyond our organic cotton and azo-free dyes, Wee Urban uses 100% post-consumer packaging and tags for our Wee Dreams™ Sleep Bags. Our distinctive screen-printing is done with 100% eco-inks and are all phthalate free.
We also recycle our remnants and donate as much as possible to local elementary schools to help with arts and crafts programs.
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