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Your Child's Room

After a certain it's time for a child to move to her very own bedroom. Here are some ideas to help you through the transition:

The journey from the crib to a separate bedroom can be quite an ordeal for parents. Whining, excuses, scared expressions…your child might use everything to delay the process. But after a certain age a parent knows that its time for the child to move to her very own bedroom. Here are some ideas to help you through the transition:

Prepare ahead

For a child her parents' bedroom signifies safety and warmth. A sudden transition might make her dread her own room. Certain parents shift the child into her own room when she is a baby. If you would rather wait, the first step towards weaning her away from your bedroom should be telling her what lies ahead. For example, if she insists for a doll while shopping with you, tell her "it will look good on the study table of your new room". If you want your child to like her new bedroom, you have to sell the idea to her. Make shifting a brighter prospect and something to look forward to.

Bedtime routine

It's funny to see how children can sometimes be most active when you are drowsy with sleep. These tips will help you to make the new bedroom environment conducive to sleep:

  • Don't let him watch television or play computer games before sending him off to sleep.

  • Control napping.

  • Don't ask him to hit the bed when the entire family is sitting together. He would not like to miss family chats.

    A happy mind means a peaceful sleep. Avoid scolding him when it's his bedtime.

  • Create a bedtime routine that starts half an hour before he slips under the sheets. Ask him to change his clothes, brush his teeth, put his favorite teddy near him and read him a story.

  • Switch on a soft light. You can put wall lamps that come in shape of cartoon characters, flowers, etc.

  • Leave his door ajar.

Pajama parties

You can encourage your child to invite his friend for overnight stays. Start his pocket money when he shifts to his new room. Do all things to make the shifting a positive change in his life.

But mom, there are monsters under my bed! Your child might be scared of the dark or he may come up with excuses to sleep with you. Be firm but flexible. Leave a sleeping bag near your bed for those 'monster' days but give him only two such days in a week. Don't ignore sleep problems like persistent nightmares or sleepwalking. He might need a lot of emotional reassurance or counseling to help him get over them.

Be careful

See to it that your little one's room is what it is supposed to be - a child's room. It should be safe and secure.

  • Bunk beds should be for older children and should have railings. The ceilings should be high in case of bunk beds.

  • Check for loose screws and nails in furniture and fittings and sharp edges on broken toys.

  • Avoid glass fittings as much as possible.

  • Door should have stoppers.

A separate bedroom should not put an end to goodnight kisses. A hug, a pat, a kiss - tuck your baby with lots of TLC (tender love care) that shows.

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Moushumi.8 years ago
i can not sleep without my son though he is 3 and half now. i don't mind it at all. may be i can continue it till he gets some more old.
Mira.8 years ago
i am a mum of a 14 year old boy . he has his own romm and usually sleeps in there but at night , he getss up and comes to my romm . should i stop it ?
NEHA.8 years ago
i think its a good idea to make children independent and feel that they have their own room in which they can have their own ideas implemented... but she is still 3and 1/2 years u think its time to put her in a saperate room.
Shakira.8 years ago
both my children slept in their own baby cot from the day they were born. for the first 6 months the cot was in my room but after that i shifted them into their own room. despite being tempted to bring them into my bed to make night breastfeeding easy i decided to take the hardship and get up each time and put them back in.

the hard work did pay off. both my kids started sleeping through the night by the time they were about 7 months and are into such good routines now because they are used to their own room & environment from a young age. infact,my little one is outstanding, she is 20 months old and like clock work at 7pm she is tired and she will hold my hand and take me into her room and point at her cot asking me to put her inside. the minute i put her in and kiss her good night that's it...she goes to sleep by herself.

it has given my husband and i more quality time to spend our evenings nicely with the kids gone to bed as well as our privacy of not having our children in our bed.

some ppl may not agree with me but i think the longer you wait to transfer you kids into their own rooms and through bedtime routines the harder it gets.

and mira you should not promote your 14 year old son coming into your bed at night. if he comes, it would be a good idea to take him back to his room and sleep with him for a while until he falls asleep. keep on doing that until and eventually he will stop coming into your bed. because you have never said no probably from a young age or may be he slept in your bed when he was little he is looking for that comfort zone and security even now. but he is 14!
priti.8 years ago
i have two age 3yrs and younger one age 18 months.the younger one always slept in his crib since he is born,but recently he started to get up in the middle of the night and cry till i put him on my bed.i don,t understand what to do? and why he is change so much.
meera khan.8 years ago
my husband always sleep with me....i don't know why???can anybody help me from him??
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