No matter whether you are a new parent of an easy toddler or the parent of a difficult toddler, getting your baby to go from wide awake to Sleepy Baby is an important skill to have. There are a variety of helpful tips and less than helpful tips out there, we’ve come up with 5 fool proof steps to getting your child to sleep alone.
Step One : Preparing your child
One of the most important steps to working towards that perfect sleepy baby is to start by preparing them for sleep! Especially when your child is old enough to understand, having things explained helps set both you and your child up for success. Try finding books to read to them. Many libraries have plenty of books about setting your child up to sleep by themselves. Emphasize that this is a good thing, not something to be scared of or a punishment. Consider starting a sticker chart. Many children love reward systems and it’ll help mommy sleeping issues as well!
Steps Two and Three : Making your child’s bedroom fun and establishing a routine
When mommy sleeping works well, the household runs well! Making your child’s bedroom fun, a place that he or she wants to spend time in is one of the key steps in making sure your child enjoys sleeping alone. Give their room a makeover with their input, letting them be part of the process. Focus on the positives. Try adding one of the popular white noise machines to help soothe them while they try to soothe themselves to sleep. Go with a theme they enjoy – maybe a popular cartoon character or television personality. Establish a sleepy baby routine right out of the gate and stay consistent. Start with a warm bath, then a bedtime story. more details in this post: http://www.shelleybean.ca/baby-sleep-training-guide-you-need-to-know/
Steps Four and Five : Take it slow and be consistent
Again, a good sleepy baby routine should always take it slow. Slow and steady, as they say, wins the race every time. This is especially true in the case of establishing a routine with a small child. If you’re going from co-sleeping to attempting to have your child sleep in his or her own bed, start small. Move them to a cot in your room, and then try moving it a little further. Ease them into it and you’ll be more successful and a better mommy sleeping machine. Be consistent, even when it’s hard. This is especially important on the more difficult days, when all your child wants to do is throw fits and be obstinate. Turn on the white noise machine, take a deep breath, go through your routine and stick to it. Children crave routine and consistency and will respond more quickly when you give that to them. Help them, help you!
If you follow these five, fool proof steps, you will have a baby that sleeps in his or her own room in no time. Take it slow, be consistent, make it fun… and enjoy your sleepy baby.