For many of you, your child sleeping in your bed may not be a problem and it’s entirely up to you as to feel when it is the right time for them to sleep in their own bed. Many parents feel that it is more manageable prior to their child attending school. When you are in a habit, it can be hard to think that you can change or even think there could be several advantages to your child sleeping in their own bed. Advantages are:
- A child learns how to self-soothe ( regulate) this means that they can calm themselves if they feel worried or anxious.
- Children can feel proud of themselves when they know they can accomplish something independently of their parents. This helps autonomy.
- Children need to know that their parents have a separate relationship. It’s not always helpful for them to feel that they are at the centre of their parent’s world.
- Most children have temporary fears about monsters and fears of the dark. Often they do grow out of this and they can successfully return to their beds.
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Many parents make the mistake of leaving their child on their own when they transition them to their own bed. They have been used to you sleeping with them so you will have to be and can withdraw this gradually. In addition, if your child is anxious you will need to address those fears in the first instance.
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It is never too late, the time can be now. With Love Catherine