Taking Back Your Bed
The idea of co-sleeping– in theory – is a beautiful one; you and your partner sleeping soundly with your little baby snuggled oh-so peacefully between you. But in reality, co-sleeping is often much less magical. Babies are squirmy and noisy when they sleep, not to mention they have absolutely no respect for your personal space.
If you planned on co-sleeping and it’s not working for you anymore, or if you never intended to bed-share but now you’re here, allow me to offer up some helpful hints for getting your bed back once and for all!
Prepare for Battle
First off, prepare yourself for the resistance. Nobody reacts well to changes in their sleep routine, so there’s almost definitely going to be some push-back. If your little one transitions into a crib (under age 3), there might be a lot of loud shouting coming from their room. If you’re transitioning your toddler or older child into a bed, they’ll probably make a few late-night trips into your room and attempt to climb back into bed with you. If you’re prepared for this struggle, you’ll be less likely to cave at 3 a.m. and pull them under your covers. Which brings me to my next point…
Have a Plan
With a plethora of information at our fingertips, you can find just about anything with a quick search on Google. But make sure to research before you start so that you know exactly how to respond to protests at bedtime, and again at 3 a.m. It’s important to be purposeful in your intentions and consistent in your methods. The more inconsistent or wishy-washy you are, the longer it’s going to take your little one to learn the new way of doing things.
Need some guidance and support? Want someone else to do the thinking for you? Oh Baby can help! With our comprehensive sleep packages, we can make the transition from bed-sharing to independent sleeping as easily and as stress-free as possible!
Phone a Friend
I can’t say it enough: change is hard. It doesn’t matter if it’s a change in exercise, spending, or sleep habits, change. is. hard. Making changes is infinitely easier when you have an accountability buddy in your corner. Maybe you reach out to a friend or family member who has sleep trained or you reach out for support from a coach. No matter who your person (or tribe) is, remember that it’s okay to ask for help. It can make a world of difference.
Celebrate Small Victories
Old habits die hard! Depending on how long your little one has been sleeping with you, it can take some time break old patterns and develop new habits. But remember that slow progress is still progress. Whether it’s 10 minutes less crying or one less night wake-up, celebrate the fact that you’re moving in the right direction.
Being a parent of a tiny human is no joke. Trying to parent a tiny human while sleep deprived is next to impossible. If you need help creating a plan, executing the plan, troubleshooting the plan, and succeeding with a plan, we can help.
There’s no better time than Valentine’s Day to reclaim your bed and reignite your relationship. Or just get a solid 8 hours of sleep. Either way…
If you’re exhausted, totally overwhelmed by your child’s sleep habits, or looking for answers to the sleep questions that keep you up at night (literally), then you’ve come to the right place. I’m Jamie, founder of Oh Baby Consulting, and my goal is to help your family get the sleep you need to not just survive, but thrive!