If you’re tired of having to lay with your child to help them sleep, don’t worry! It is possible to teach your child to sleep independently. Here are some tips that may help:
1. Blame Someone Else
One strategy you can try is blaming someone else for the new sleeping arrangement. For example, you can tell your preschooler that the doctor said they have to stay in bed so that the new baby can get a good night’s sleep.
2. Set a Reward
Build your child’s confidence by setting up a reward system. Create a weekly or monthly progress chart to track their sleep improvements. This way, they may even forget to ask for the reward because they will be motivated to sleep well on their own.
3. Checking In
Let your child know that you will come back to check on them in 5 minutes, and make sure you follow through with it. This will reassure them that they’re not alone and help them feel more secure.
4. Be Specific
When you step away from their room, let your child know what you’re doing. For example, you can say, “Mom’s going to unload the dishwasher” or “I have to call Aunt Lala.” Being specific about your actions gives them a sense of understanding and helps them feel more comfortable.
5. Give Choices
Empower your child by involving them in the decision-making process. Ask them what stuffed animal they want to sleep with, how bright they want the lights, or if they want the door open or closed. Giving them choices gives them a sense of control and helps them feel more independent.
6. Positive Reinforcement
Don’t forget to praise your child when they successfully sleep independently. Let them know that you’re proud of them for their efforts. Positive reinforcement can go a long way in motivating your child to continue practicing good sleep habits.
Remember, teaching your child to sleep independently takes time and patience. Don’t get discouraged if it doesn’t happen overnight. Stick to these strategies consistently, and you’ll likely see progress.
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