• shareIcon

Getting a Child to Sleep in Their Own Bed

Updated at: May 17, 2011
Tips for Parent
Written by: Dr Poonam SachdevPublished at: May 16, 2011
Getting a Child to Sleep in Their Own Bed

Getting a child to sleep in their own bed - It is espcially difficult for co-sleeping parents to make their child sleep in their own bed. If you want to make your child sleep in his own bed then you will have to set some ground rules of sleeping f

Cute baby Most children in India sleep with their parents until they are 10-12 years of age. But due to co-sleeping, often no one gets the sleep they need and it also robs you of your privacy and comfort at night. Training your kids to sleep in their rooms at night takes effort. Read on to know some parenting tips on how to get a child to sleep in his own bed at night.


Make his own Room Sleep Friendly



Make his room and bed comfortable for feeling of security so that he does not associate sleeping in his room as being alone. If your child likes music, play soft, soothing music in his room before going to bed.


Create interest in Sleeping in his Bed


To get your child to sleep in his bed, some simple things which may help are, getting a new bed-sheet with cartoons pictures, a special blanket or a new toy which he can take to bed. This will make him want to start sleeping in his bed and soon enough he will start sleeping in his room.


Have a schedule Bed Time


Both your child and you will benefit from daily night time rituals such as giving him a bath, putting him in his night time attire, or simply reading to him a nice story. This will encourage him to get prepared for bed time. Most importantly ensure that he enjoys the time with you when you are preparing him for bed—this will help him relax and feel sleepy. Put him to sleep at the same time every night.


Allow him to Sleep Independently


Put your child in the bed, kiss him good night, give a hug and leave the room. Encourage him to fall asleep independently rather than lying down next to him and putting him to sleep. This way even if he gets up in the middle of the night he can soothe himself to sleep again.


Make Your Kid feel Safe


If your child is scared of sleeping alone then it will be difficult to get him to sleep in his bed. Reassure him that he is safe and that you are in the next room and will be with him when needed.


Children need to be taught to sleep independently and in their own bed. This benefits them later in life. Sometimes your child may insist on sleeping with you but you have to be strong. It is all for your child’s good. 


Read more articles on Kids (4-7)




All possible measures have been taken to ensure accuracy, reliability, timeliness and authenticity of the information; however Onlymyhealth.com does not take any liability for the same. Using any information provided by the website is solely at the viewers’ discretion. In case of any medical exigencies/ persistent health issues, we advise you to seek a qualified medical practitioner before putting to use any advice/tips given by our team or any third party in form of answers/comments on the above mentioned website.

This website uses cookie or similar technologies, to enhance your browsing experience and provide personalised recommendations. By continuing to use our website, you agree to our Privacy Policy and Cookie Policy. OK