I'm a new mom to a 9-month-old baby, and my husband and I have been co-sleeping with her since she was born. However, as she's getting older and more active, we've been finding that it's becoming less practical and we'd like to start transitioning her to sleeping in her own crib.
We've tried putting her down in her crib before, but she wakes up almost immediately and starts crying until we bring her back to our bed. We're not sure what the best strategy is to help her start sleeping in her own space.
Has anyone else gone through the process of transitioning from co-sleeping to separate sleeping spaces? What worked well for you? How long did it take? Any tips or tricks would be greatly appreciated!
I am a mother of a two-year-old daughter, and we co-slept until she was around 19 months old. During the transition to separate sleeping spaces, we decided to focus on gradually making changes to help her feel comfortable and confident in her own space.
We started by setting up a separate crib in our room and transitioning from the family bed to the crib. Initially, my daughter only napped in it, and later we transitioned her to nighttime sleep in the crib as well. It was all about starting slowly and gradually acclimatizing her to her sleeping space.
To help her feel at home, we personalized her sleeping space with her favorite stuffed animals, blankets, and pillows. We also introduced a soft light and a white noise machine to help her feel more relaxed.
Another thing that helped was introducing a new bedtime routine that involved reading a book, singing a lullaby, and turning on the white noise machine. Our daughter came to associate these activities with going to bed, which helped her fall asleep faster and easier.
We also made sure to stick to a consistent sleep schedule, so if she slept well one night, we would repeat the same routine the next night. Consistency was important to help her understand the new sleeping arrangement.
Ultimately, every child is different, and what works for one family may not be suitable for another, but it is important to find strategies that will work for you and your child. The most important thing is to approach the transition with patience, understanding, and love.