Most parents sleep beside their children. We sleep with our kids because we want to ensure they have all their needs throughout the night. Moreover, we want to let them feel how loved they are and how close we are to them.
On the other hand, some parents share a room with their children and do what they can to ensure their kids will have a good sleep. At some point, though, it becomes advantageous for our children and for us to let them sleep in their beds.
Nighttime routines most likely help everyone loosen up from a stressful day and help sustain healthy sleep habits. There are many to choose from, and you can experiment to find the right method that fits best for your child.
Sleep habits may change as the child grows and matures. As parents, you must understand and remain flexible. You must also address the fact that your child must learn how to sleep in his or her bed.
When the time comes for a child to move to his or her bed, you must make sure there is a gentle transition. You need to check if the move will make your child upset, anxious, or afraid. And you have to respond to these reactions your kid is having.
Developing Sleep Confidence
You child’s transition to his or her bed will build his overall confidence because it raises his trust for himself or herself knowing he or she can sleep alone. Weaning your child from your family bed may take effort, understanding, and patience on your part as a parent.
As a parent, you must be able to assess the right timing to do this. The weaning will depend on the state and health status of your child. It may also depend on whether there are issues your child is facing.
Helping Your Child Get Over The Fear and Anxiety
Your child faces a lot of fears and anxieties on his or her own. Many things happen that may overwhelm and surprise them. The world is very unpredictable, fast, and uncertain. That is why it isn’t surprising for our children to feel frightened or terrified sometimes.
Parents are responsible for consoling and comforting their children whenever these feelings show up. Our kids, especially the young ones, depend on us to ease the sense of fear and anxiety. If you can listen, understand, and pour in care, the child can overcome such feelings.
However, there are also drawbacks on always consoling and comforting them. If our children become too dependent on us for support in addressing negative issues, it might become detrimental to their mental health.
The feelings harbored from not addressing it get stored up and might mean trouble later on. It wakes them up at night, makes your child restless, or makes him or her afraid to sleep unless he or she can feel instant comfort from you.
What you can do is let your child release these stored feelings. Let him or her burst out, cry, scream, tremble, struggle, or sweat. Helping your child release his or her emotions will eventually allow your child to attain peace of mind.
Everyone Needs A Good Quality Sleep
A good quality sleep doesn’t only benefit you internally but also helps the people you love. You and your child need sleep. When there is a necessity to wake up many times in the night, sleep deprivation seeps in. It can drain your patience and happiness. Moreover, it can cloud your judgment and thinking.
Sleep deprivation also has a toll on your relationships. As a parent, you must always be on the go and ready to do things, having less to no sleep can cause significant drawbacks on your responsibilities.
Being a parent is an all-out and nonstop role. One of the major things to address as a parent is developing the sleep confidence of our children. Some parents might be hesitant to let their kids sleep in their beds because of issues on securement.
They think their children aren’t independent enough or are still young enough to let them sleep in their beds. However, we must understand that our children cannot forever depend on us. Our children will soon mature and grow. They may experience fears and anxieties now, but they will eventually get over it with our support and guidance.
Moreover, parents should also understand that children have their natural way to recover from fears and overwhelming experiences. When you decide to help your child feel safe in his or her bed, you must understand and listen to his or her feelings, and support and encourage him or her. Eventually, all those negative feelings will cease to exist.