One of the best feelings as a parent is finally getting your child to fall asleep in their own bed. However, throughout the night, they may wake up and find themselves wandering outside of the bedroom to seek comfort and safety. While it’s ok to help them out sometimes, the ultimate goal is to get your child to sleep through the night in their own bed and room. Here are some tips to encourage this good habit for them.
A reward system can go a long way when it comes to children. Children love to be rewarded for their accomplishments (don’t we all), but if this gets them to sleep the night through it’s definitely worth trying.
Let your child know that if they can get through the entire week without getting out of bed at night, they have some sort of prize coming their way. Create a chart or calendar so they can visualize their progress. After a couple weeks of this practice, your child will become accustomed to it and won’t need to be rewarded for their good behavior.
Prevent Waking Up
The best way to be absolutely sure that your child won’t leave their bed at night is simply by ensuring they won’t wake up! If you can manage to get your child tired enough to the point that they can sleep the whole night through, this will certainly help in keeping them in their own bed. Create a sleep routine for your kids that will both tire them out and prepare them for an entire night of rest to help make this happen.
Another great way to get your child to stay in their own bed each night is to make simple compromises with them. For example, you can tell them that you will stay in the room/bed with them until they are able to fall asleep. Once they fall asleep however, they have to remain in bed until morning. Or another option is the use of a nightlight for your child. Most all children love to see a nightlight and this allows for a reasonable compromise between parent and child.
Making a compromise will make them feel like they can trust you and at least have your comforting presence until they fall asleep. It also gives them a sense of control over the situation since they are technically choosing to stay in bed.
Practice makes perfect! Even if your child ends up making their way to your room in the middle of the night, you should stand your ground. Walk them back to their own bed and stay with them until they can fall back to sleep. Eventually, your child will have to learn to do this on its own in order to learn!
Sleep (Aid) Products
Purchasing special products to help your child sleep through the night is another option you can try. There are many of safe, natural remedies that will produce calming effects on your child before bedtime.
Guest Blog by Joanna von Yurt, Co-Founder and CEO of Swanling Innovations Inc.
Joanna von Yurt is the mother of three intelligent, sensitive, and compassionate girls (who all want to be mommies when they grow up). She is first AND foremost a mom! Professionally, however, she is an accountant, controller and serial entrepreneur.
Joanna has a degree in Psychology from Harvard University with an emphasis in child psychology. She worked as an infant caregiver for 12 years and interned as a Child Life Specialist, family/social therapist, and assisted in clinical studies involving children’s personality and social psychology.
Joanna has a lifelong passion for childcare and child safety. She enjoys sharing her experiences with other parents about sleep routines, attachment parenting, safe sleep guidelines, and children’s natural sleep patterns. Her company, Swanling Innovations, is committed to producing modern, safe and innovative products that meet the expectations of discerning parents. The Slumber Sleeper™ is a 4-in 1 safe sleep solution (mattress protector, flat sheet, fitted sheet and sleep sack all in one) designed to help keep your baby safe, warm and centered.
Joanna always says that a well-rested child and well-rested parents add up to a happy family!
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