Even if you never planned for it to happen, the idea of having to stop co-sleeping might seem nightmarish. Perhaps you co-slept just to help your kid recover from the cold and flu season. But now, your baby is almost turning five, and things are getting way out of hand. Over the months (or years) you might have enjoyed the extra cuddles, but you also lost a significant amount of sleep and comfort.
The reasons to stop co-sleeping are pretty self-explanatory. Toddlers are weird and active sleepers, and waking up with a foot in your eye socket is the norm when co-sleeping. If your “baby” no longer needs to nurse at night as has a room close to yours, there’s really no reason to put yourself through this torture anymore.
Want to know how to quit the bad habit? Here’s some advice on how to stop co-sleeping!
Set up a new routine
It’ll take a few days to kick a bad habit, so you need to establish a routine that’s comparable and comfortable if you want to stop co-sleeping. Instead of placing your baby down to sleep in your bed, try doing the nursing routine in her or his room and lay them down in the crib once they’re asleep.
Get rid of sleep deterrents if you want to stop co-sleeping
Some sleep conundrums are caused by simple issues. Maybe your little one’s room is too cold, and that’s why he doesn’t want to sleep in there. You can play around with fixes for this one, but you’d be surprised by how a few small adjustments can make or break your toddler’s sleep environment.
Make the bed a happy place
Let your toddler take naps in their crib if it’s possible. Don’t let them “cry it out” in their crib because it’ll just cause them to begin to make bad associations with the bed.
Teach your baby to fall asleep on her own
Okay, so this is the tough part. All babies wake up throughout the night, but in order to fall back asleep without intervention, they need to practice falling asleep on their own. Some parents find that tending to their baby in the middle of the night without picking them up, works well.
Work as a team
In order to stop co-sleeping, you’ll have to see it as a family project. You really need to get on the same page with your partner before you aim to get started. Who will get up when the baby does? What are your plans for helping your baby fall back asleep?