As the parent of a young child, you face many challenges throughout the first few years of their life. The biggest of all may be sleep training. As you know, babies don’t sleep through the night, and it takes a serious amount of training and many sleepless nights to get their sleeping patterns on track.
While you struggle to help your baby sleep, you are probably tempted to allow them to sleep with you. This way, both you and your baby are more comfortable. It’s instinctual to want to be close to your baby and protect him or her, especially when they’re uncomfortable. So co-sleeping often seems like the answer for new parents.
Maybe it seems like it will be easier to get them to go back to sleep when they wake up if they’re next to you. Maybe you’re hoping that your baby will feel safer next to you, and that will help them stay asleep throughout the night. That closeness and time spent together probably seem like it helps both you and your baby.
Unfortunately, while your baby may be comfortable sleeping in your bed with you, you’re likely to be uncomfortable. Toddlers are very active in their sleep. They’re likely to roll around, swing their arms, and generally move a little too much. Plus, they’ll wake up and want you to interact with them regardless of the time.
There are so many things to worry about when you let your toddler sleep next to you that will likely keep you from getting the sleep you need. You may wake up with a foot in your face. You may wake up in the middle of the night worried about them falling off of the bed or that you’ll roll over onto them.
Frankly, co-sleeping causes more problems than it solves. If you and your toddler aren’t well-rested, your days are likely to be very difficult. You also can’t sleep train your baby properly if you are co-sleeping.
In order for sleep training to be effective, you need to establish boundaries with your child. The purpose of sleep training is to teach them to fall asleep and stay asleep on their own without relying on you or anything else.
Sleep training helps them to become independent. If they’re sharing your bed, it’s not going to be easy to establish that independence. If they only learn to sleep when you’re next to them, when the day comes for them to sleep in their own bed, they’re not going to be able to fall asleep.
Although you may worry about missing out on that extra bonding time with your baby, it’s better for both of you if they can learn to sleep on their own. Instead of that time together at night, set aside some time in the morning to spend with them. Once they have slept through the night and are well-rested, then you can bring them into your bed to still feel the same closeness that you would at night. For your sanity, and the sake of your baby, it’s imperative that you sleep train them in their crib.
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If you’re already co-sleeping with your child and you’re worried about breaking the habit, reach out for help. I have helped families just like yours break the habit of co-sleeping and successfully sleep train their babies. I offer free, 15-minute discovery calls so take advantage of one today!