I have a 10-month-old baby who has been co-sleeping with me since he was born. I want to start transitioning him to sleep in his own bed but I'm not sure where to start. He gets very fussy and cries a lot when he's put in his own bed.
Does anyone have any tips or advice on how to make this transition smoother? Is there a specific age when it's best to start doing this? I'm open to trying out different methods, so please share whatever has worked for you. Thanks in advance!
I transitioned my 6-month-old baby to her own bed a few months ago, and it was a gradual process that required a lot of patience and consistency. Firstly, I started by setting up a comfortable and safe sleeping environment in her own room. I made sure the room was warm, and the bed was made with clean bedding.
To make the transition smoother, I started by putting her in her own bed for naps during the day. Gradually, I started to increase the length of time she spent in her own bed, and before long, she was sleeping through the night in her own bed.
Another tip that worked for us was creating a routine that alerted her that it was time for bed. We started by giving her a warm bath before bed, followed by a relaxing massage, which was a great way to help her wind down before bed. This consistency allowed her to get used to the new sleep environment and recognize when it is time to sleep.
To help soothe her when she cries or fusses, I would sometimes rub her back or soothe her with a pacifier. In conclusion, transitioning my baby to her own bed required patience and consistency, but it was definitely worth it in the end. I hope this helps!