More parents fall under the bed sharing/co-sleeping category than they would probably like to admit. For some families, it is a choice that is welcomed and embraced. For other families, the parents find themselves wondering, “how did we get here?” Whatever may have led you to open your bed to your child, you are probably reading this because you are ready to get them out of there. We are here to help guide you through that transition!
AMERICAN ACADEMY OF PEDIATRICS RECOMMENDATIONS ON SAFE SLEEPING
Some parents intend on bed sharing and others do not. It works for some families and it doesn’t for others. We all know a parent that let their child fall asleep in their bed on multiple occasions because the child wouldn’t stay asleep and the parent was tired of walking them back to their crib. We also all know a parent who simply enjoys keeping their child as close as possible.
We are not here to judge or pressure families into doing things one way. We are here to help guide them towards informed decisions. Despite bed sharing being widely practiced by different cultures, the AAP advises against the practice. This is advised against to reduce safety risks – mainly for infants and toddlers. Visit their website to look further into the potential risks associated with bed sharing.
PARENTS NEED TO BE ON THE SAME PAGE
Getting both parents on the same page is the first step to transitioning their child out of their bed. This may be more challenging if one parent wants the transition and the other does not. Parents need to agree that they want the same outcome. They can then work together to be consistent in executing their plan. Consistency is key in being successful.
SET YOUR PLAN
Before attempting the transition, it is important to have a set plan in place. Take the time to speak to a sleep consultant or research ideas online of how to handle the many situations that may arise. Odds are, your child is going to resist the change. You are probably going to be exhausted while dealing with a child resisting bedtime. When you have a plan, you prevent yourself from making sleep deprived or emotionally driven choices.
Remember to show yourself, and your little one, grace in this process. Transition isn’t easy for everyone, especially children. You should go into this decision knowing that there will be setbacks and road bumps. If you stick to your plan, it will pay out in the long run.
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