For many children, especially babies and toddlers, co-sleeping or family sleeping becomes a normal occurrence and may last for extended periods of time. For some families, if done correctly and appropriately, co-sleeping can be a positive experience for the parents and the children. However, for most families, co-sleeping needs to end at some point in order to create sleep independence for the child and for the parents to have their own sleeping space. This transition phase can be the most difficult. To overcome this phase and successfully have your child sleep in their bed independently, 5 Little Monkeys suggests the following tips.
Teaching My Child to Sleep Independently
Does your child worry at night when it is time to fall asleep? Unfortunately, this is becoming more normal for many school aged children. About 20-30% of children feel sleep anxiety and have difficulty falling asleep a night. The good news is there are several steps that parents can take to ease this anxiety and help their children fall asleep more naturally and consistently. The 5 Little Monkeys sleep team recommends finding the best children’s mattress for your child and practicing these 6 ways to stop worrying before bedtime.
1. No Screen Time at Bedtime
Make sure your child...
At 5 Little Monkeys, we're proud to offer one of the best-reviewed children's beds on the market. But in addition to our renowned kids sleep system, we strive to be a comprehensive resource for every aspect of parenting and sleep. Managing a child's sleep schedule is difficult enough on its own, but the picture gets even more complicated when there are multiple kids and a newborn – and if you're unsure how to manage, here are a few tips on how to balance sleep schedules with kids and a newborn.