Five tips to successfully transition from
co-sleeping to crib sleeping
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[April 18, 2014]
WINNIPEG, Canada — Co-sleeping.
It's a concept sometimes loaded with controversy. However, many
families choose to do it — whether it is preplanned and intentional,
or reactive and out of desperation. Regardless of the reason, if you
are at the point where you are ready to transition your child from
co-sleeping (bed-sharing) with you to sleeping in their own space,
you might be feeling a bit nervous. A thousand questions can pop
into your mind. How do I get from bed to crib as painlessly as
Joleen Dilk-Salyn, a certified child sleep consultant and founder of
Baby Sleep 101, has helped many parents successfully navigate
through this transition from co-sleeping to crib.
"Although it can
seem daunting at the start, having a plan in place will help ease
your hesitations and see success," she says.
Here are five tips to assist with the transition from co-sleeping
to the crib:
Rest up for success
Begin with ensuring that your child is well-rested. This one step
is critical for a smooth transition, yet many parents fail to do it.
An overtired child is going to resist sleeping in a new location a
lot more, AND have more night wakings, than a well-rested child. To
prevent this, maintain a regular nap routine and keep bedtime early.
Agree on the time
Next, talk with your partner and determine a date for when you
would like your child in their own space. Having a goal will help
you put your plan into action.
Create positive associations
Before making the switch to the new sleeping location, allow your
child to spend some playtime in their crib every day. At first, when
it is new to them, stay close and play games of peek-a-boo, or let
them hang out with their favorite toy. As their confidence grows,
leave the room for a few seconds to a few minutes to allow your
child to get accustomed to being in that space independently.
The next step is to move with your child into their room. Take a
mattress to the floor of your child's room and co-sleep in there for
one to three nights. Move a little farther away from your child each
night during this phase.
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Into the crib
The final step is to put your child to sleep for the night in
their crib. Once you do this, it is important to be consistent with
it. Like any skill we teach our children, we can only expect them to
be as consistent as we are. Taking them out after their first night
waking and returning to co-sleeping is unfair to your child, as it's
confusing. Have confidence in your child and trust that they can
learn new skills.
Transitioning from co-sleeping to crib can seem challenging at
first, but if you follow these tips, everyone will be sleeping
happily in their own bed before you know it!
Joleen Dilk Salyn is a pediatric sleep consultant certified
through the Family
Sleep Institute and founder of
Baby Sleep 101 in
Winnipeg, Manitoba. She helps tired parents get their children
sleeping through the night by working with the science of sleep and
healthy sleep best practices. She is a member of the International
Association of Child Sleep Consultants and in addition to her
certification as a sleep consultant, also holds a bachelor's degree
and postbaccalaureate in education. She is a mother to two wonderful
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