An important part of growing up is to help your child develop a strong sense of self and to make sure they are becoming independent as well. One of the first steps for doing this is to make sure your child sleeps alone in their own room. If you are having a hard time getting your child to sleep in his or her own room or the child has started to feel scared then these tips can hopefully help you make them feel more comfortable.
1. Organize The Bedroom
In order for adults and children to sleep well at night it is essential that the sleeping environment is calming and relaxing. This can be especially important for children. Therefore it is important that the bedroom is not filled with bright colors and clutter.
There are a lot of great tips for a calming bedroom environment for children’s rooms at the Care 2 website and you might want to read them too.
2. Reward Them
You can start a reward system with stickers to help keep the child motivated for sleeping alone. For example, after each night of sleeping alone the child gets a sticker and when he or she collects a certain amounts of stickers the whole family gets to do something fun together. You can go for a picnic or swimming together.
Make sure it is something fun the child wants to do. It is always better to give them activity gifts rather than just purchasing a new toy for them.
3. Develop A Night-Time Routine
Children need to have routine in their lives to make things easier for them to understand as well as to make them feel more secure. Therefore you should establish a calm night-time routine that you would follow each night. Start preparing the child slowly for the upcoming routine by saying well beforehand what is going to happen soon.
4. Use Dolls As Part Of The Routine
You can also include dolls as part of the night-time routine. For example, you can have the doll participate at the evening meal and washing up. Then you can have a small doll bed where you can place the doll for the night. This can be something that your child can do and it can help them feel a lot braver since he or she will be looking after the doll as well.
You could consider getting a new doll when the child is about to start sleeping alone to make the occasion a bit more special and to motivate the child more. You can buy unique dolls at A Girl For All Time or from other great online doll stores.
5. Talk About Possible Fears
Make sure you know if your child is really scared about sleeping alone. Try to reassure him or her and allow them to discuss feelings with you. It is a good idea to consider getting a night lamp for the child to use. Even preparing a ‘monster spray’ by using water in a spray bottle can be something that makes the child feel comfortable in sleeping alone.
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Joanna has two little boys and she is always trying to make sure their sleeping routines are the best possible ones. When she isn’t reading parenting books she likes to spend time looking for gardening advice.