Updated: Dec 1, 2020
As a pediatric sleep consultant, I work with families with a wide variety of sleeping arrangements. Co-sleeping is a personal choice for parents, often I get contacted by parents to help them transition their baby from co-sleeping to a crib or a toddler to a bed.
If you are a parent that is co-sleep and are starting to consider transition you little one, take a look at the questions below, you may find you are more ready than you thought.
1. Are you going to bed when most people are eating their dinner?
Your little one needs the warmth and comfort of you laying beside them to fall sleep. So, you find yourself falling asleep at 6 or 7 pm and waking up at 4 am…because you can’t sleep for 12 hours a night like he can.
2. Are you not able to complete your daily tasks during the day or night?
Co-sleeping can get very overwhelmed trying to juggle nap times and everything else. Newborns can take naps every 45 minutes to an hour; you may get a chance to throw a load of laundry in the washer quickly but no time to dry it or pack away because naptime calls.
3. Are you waking up sore and unrested in the morning?
Your little one not only wants to snuggle up to you at night, but they tend to develop acrobatic skills in the middle of the night and you’ll find arms, feet and legs sprawl across your face and body waking you all throughout the night. It is amazing the for being so small they can sure take up a lot of room in your bed.
4. Are you finding strange things in your bed?
For some parents, the final straw for getting their little out of their bed is the first tie they roll over in bed onto a Lego piece or Barbie, that will wake you up in a hurry.
5. Have you started shopping for a larger bed?
Do you remember when you and your partner for in a queen size bed? Now your little one is sleeping sideways between the two of you. This sometimes forces one so you to leave to a separate room, cause all you want is a bit of sleep. Surely getting a king size bed will solve this problem! I can guarantee you that the more bed real-estate you have, the more your little one will take and that includes your pillow.
6. Have you mastered ninja-like skills?
You lay down with your baby to get her to sleep. Once you know she is sleeping, you stealthily swap a pillow for your body, maneuvering out of the bed and creeping out of the room like a ninja. All parents learn ninja-like skills to not wake a sleeping baby.
7. When was the last time you slept through the night or alone time with your partner?
Many parents can’t answer this question.
I understand that transition your little one from co-sleep can often be challenging. If you are struggling with the transition, book a call and I can guide you through the process.