How to teach a child to sleep in their crib
Recently, more and more often speak about the advantages of joint sleep of parents and children. This is especially important for infants. But this is a temporary measure, with age children must sleep in their places. There is no ideal strategy for moving a child to a separate crib. Everything depends on the individual characteristics of the baby, his character and temperament. Therefore, in this case there are no exact terms. So, how to teach a child to sleep in their crib?
Most importantly, he must be ready. And it's not at his age, but in a mental and physical state. But even they must be able to determine. What changes should occur in the physiological plan? First of all it concerns feeding. During the night the child should not wake up more than once or twice. But this is an optional item. Many mothers note that their children could suckle their breasts for up to two years, and stopped doing this only after moving to a separate crib.
It is necessary to pay attention to how the child sleeps. If he cuddles up against one of his parents, then it's too early for him to move into a separate crib. Important health of the baby. If his teeth are cut, this will cause trouble. Do not create additional stress for him.
How to teach a child to sleep in their crib? Check his psychological readiness. Watch him when he is sleeping. When he wakes up, does he look for his parents? Begins to cry? If the answer is negative, then it can be reset. If a child begins to show a sense of ownership of things, it means his willingness to sleep in his crib. It is important not to combine this process with teaching to the pot or with a trip to the kindergarten, as these situations cause emotional instability.
In the store, where everything is sold for children up to a year, you can choose a separate cot. It will be fenced with special grilles, which will not allow the baby to get out. This will help to teach the baby to sleep alone. It is much more difficult to evict him when he sleeps on one bed with his parents. This method also has a lot of advantages, the main thing is to facilitate the process of breastfeeding. In this case, you can buy everything for a baby cot in the store, beautifully arrange it. Undoubtedly, the child will want to sleep in it. A boy can choose a sleeping place in the form of a typewriter, a girl with a canopy. But be guided by opinion of the kid.
How to teach a child to sleep in their crib? Talk to him and explain to him that he is already big and independent. List already mastered skills (the ability to walk, talk, eat yourself, and so on). Emphasize that adults sleep in their beds. Ask who of the child's friends has already gone to sleep on a separate bed.
What to do, how to teach a child to sleep in their crib, if the first method did not help? Produce a special ritual. For example, read to him a fairy tale for the night or just talk with the baby. Fantasize. You can listen to music. The most important thing is to create positive associations for the child with a separate bed.
Often parents make mistakes when they move the baby. The most common is an indication of a sense of shame. You can not do this, in any case, do not abuse the child. You will not achieve anything by this.