When babies are young, they often sleep in the same room as their parents. And even if they are on their own, they don’t usually know it. If they cry, parents come. That’s the rule.
However, as kids get older, things change. They become more aware of the fact that they are a separate person and that their parents aren’t always there, by their side. And when this happens, it can make moving into a new bedroom to sleep alone difficult.
Fortunately, this post is here to help. We take a look at some of the ways to set up a bedroom for your toddler so that they can sleep on their own. Check out our tips below:
Gradually Make The Transition
You don’t have to move your toddler into their new bedroom immediately. Instead, you can do it gradually, one step at a time.
However, you’ll want to make sure that you complete the process before their new sibling arrives. Having two children going in and out of your bedroom is more than enough challenge for most parents.
Emphasize The Fact That Your Child Is Moving Into A “Big Kid” Room
Don’t be afraid to talk up the fact that your child is moving into a “big kid” room. This way, you can prepare your child psychologically for the change. Remember, most kids actually want to grow up fast, so selling their room as a milestone in that direction can help significantly.
Make Sure That You Have Enough Storage Space
You’ll need a chest of drawers and dressers for your toddler’s clothes, but you’ll also want boxes and tubs for their toys as well. Try to keep the bedroom as clutter-free as possible. It’s a challenge in smaller homes.
Ask Your Toddler For Their Help
Another thing you can try is asking your toddler for their help. Getting them involved in the bedroom switch can be a great way to get them onside and prevent their fears from taking over. Ask them what color bedsheets they would like, the type of clothes that they want to wear, and which paint color would suit them best.
Keep Your Bedtime Routine The Same
Even though your toddler is switching to a new room, try to keep their bedtime routine the same. Let them know that the only real change is in the change of the space in which they sleep. Everything else is staying the same.
Have Fun And Celebrate
Moving to a new bedroom doesn’t have to be a dismal affair. It can also be a lot of fun. What’s more, to celebrate the move (and make it final), you could host a bedroom party. This way, you can build excitement around the switch and get your child emotionally invested in it. Point out all the fun new items that they can now enjoy that they have their own room. Make them feel like independent members of the family, perhaps like their older siblings, if they have any. You could even include a tasty treat in the bedroom to sweeten the deal.