If you are already a parent, sometimes you will feel relieved if you can make your child sleep through the night, no matter where he sleeps. For a while, it may seem fine as long as your child has not grown up. However, until one moment you want your child to learn to sleep in his own bed.
It's not easy to change child's sleep habits. This effort required patience and understanding of the parents and the child. Here are some tips that can be done by the parents, so the children can sleep in his own bed :
- Find out why your child wants to sleep in your place. There are many reasons why they are doing that. Find out about this can be difficult. You can do this by pay attention of little things :
- Are they afraid of the things that may come up when night falls?
- Are they jealous of his brother/sister and this is one way to get more attention?
- Is the emerging voices disturb their sleep?
- Is their room was too dark and they need more light when night falls?
- Is beds and other equipment are in accordance with the child's interests?
If you already know the cause, immediately find a solution, so you can begin to familiarize your child to sleep alone.
- Do a ritual before bed. Some children need to be appeased slowly before taking them to their rooms. Sometimes your child will still appear in your room after you do the ritual. For example, you can invite them to a bath and read a story or sing a song before bed? This effort could make them know that it was bedtime and their minds have been conditioned to it.
- Give your child some "protection" to help them through the night. Some children may behave better when they know there is a reliable protection. For instance you could use some big doll that can be used as their friend while sleeping. Another good way is to make them feel safe and secure using some animal dolls to replace the presence of his parents.
- Add light to their rooms. This could be used to reduce their fear in night. For some children, the darkness can build a creepy atmosphere in their room. Light can make the room more comfortable for them.
- Be patient. Your effort may not be successful on the first night. To make your child sleep in his own room may be easier than you imagine. Keep doing efforts that have been tried before, never stop before your child actually fell asleep in his own bed comfortably.