Is your little one hard to sleep alone? We recommend that you train your child to get used to sleeping alone from an early age. If he/she gets used to it, it will become a habit that will be carried on until they grow up.
Getting used and training children to sleep alone in their room can be started since they were 2-3 years old. Because, at that age, the child’s ego begins to develop, so you are advised to teach them about personal space. Also, when you teach them to start sleeping on their own, you will indirectly train their independence and gradually make them more responsible. Then, how do you get your child to sleep alone? Here are some steps you can practice:
Find out why children don’t want to sleep alone
As a first step, you can start to find out what makes them afraid or uncomfortable. Start with general things such as their fear of things that might arise at night. There are other factors too. Like the jealousy of the little one with their younger siblings. If you already know the cause, find the right solution so that it does not become a barrier for your child to sleep in their room.
Explain to the child
Gently, you can tell your little one the reasons why they are better off sleeping alone in their room. For example, you could say that children can have a special place for them and have the freedom to decorate their rooms. Also, to get rid of their fear, convince them that the monsters and ghosts are not real, and only their imagination.
Get used to it slowly
As a first step, you can familiarize your little one with sleeping in their room while napping. Why? Because sleeping alone during the day reduces the child’s fear of the dark. At night, allow the child to sleep in your room, but don’t share the bed with them, let them sleep on separate mattresses. Even though you may not have the heart to do it sometimes, it is useful to train them to sleep alone but they still feel safe.
Provide lighting to the child’s room
As discussed earlier, darkness can be the reason your child is afraid to sleep alone. To fix this, you can provide some lighting in the child’s room. With enough light, a child’s room can be more comfortable and help them feel calmer.
You must praise your child when they have successfully slept alone. This is important because it is a form of appreciation for their efforts to fulfill the wishes of your parents. You can complement them by hugging them in the morning or taking them out for a walk to their favorite playground. Show that you feel proud of your child and they will understand that their actions were right and that they will feel appreciated.
Although at first, the baby is sleeping diligently in their room, there are times when they will return to your room. If this is the case, you must not waver! Don’t be overly affected by your child’s whining or crying. Pick up and accompany your child back to their room without too much interaction. It is very important to convince children to return to their bedroom whenever this happens. Because if they don’t, they’ll move into your bedroom more and more often.
Of course, getting children to sleep in their room is not an easy matter. The willingness and patience of the parents is the key. So, good luck!