Being a new mom can be very overwhelming. You have to adjust to a new person who has needs that trump yours all the time. It can often leave you sleep deprived and grumpy! It does get better – I promise, and once you’ve conquered bottle feeding and diaper changing, you’ll need to curb the co-sleeping habit! For breastfeeding moms it’s easy to breastfeed baby and fall asleep together, however this can become a long difficult habit to break. This is because baby loves your warm body and scent. It’s comforting and who doesn’t love a good cuddle session. Unfortunately, this can become a big problem for bae time, with baby in the bed. So if you’re struggling to get the baby/toddler out of your bed try these tips.
- Know the danger
Recognizing the dangers of co-sleeping, can be inspiration enough for new moms. Co-sleeping with infants leads to Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). The best advice for moms with infants – have them sleep in a crib. It’ll save you lots of grief later.
If your child can make a sentence, they will be able to understand you telling them to go sleep in their bed. Make it a fun experience for them by rewarding them for being a big girl or boy. Try getting a night light, or comforting music. Their reason for becoming attached to sleeping with you is comfort. Create a comforting atmosphere for them to sleep.
If you have a big family, call them for help. Getting everyone on the same page will help the transition easier. Siblings will be a great help to lead by example. Place their crib in the same room as their sibling or in the bedroom with you.
Nothing like good ole father time to make things work in the end. Children require your patience. They are learning new things all the time and sometimes have a hard time adapting to change. Being a loving patient parent will help your little one feel confident enough to be independent sleepers.
Written by Lungi Moore, Editor, Modern Domestic