Discuss the Change with Your Child
Slowly Introduce the New Bed
It’s common for children to be reluctant to sleep alone, so a new bed is going to be a particular challenge. If your child doesn't want to sleep in the toddler bed, suggest your child sleep in the bed at nap time. This gives your child the opportunity to get accustomed to the new bed and may make it more comfortable for him or her to spend longer periods of time in the toddler bed. Avoid pushing your child to sleep in the bed at night.
Remain Vigilant and Patient
Although some children will take to their new bed right away, others may be hesitant and uncertain about the new bed and cling to their former sleeping space. After a few days of giving him or her the option to sleep in the new bed, become more assertive about using the bed. If your child is still unwilling to sleep in the bed, remove the cot and put your child in the new bed at bedtime. Of course your child may become belligerent and fussy about sleeping in the toddler bed, don’t indulge this behavior. Simply explain that he or she needs to sleep in the new bed and bring him or her back to it. At the same time you must reward your child for staying in the bed. For those with children unaccustomed to sleeping in their own rooms let alone their own beds, add bedroom accessories from Not on the High Street to entice them to sleep in their new beds in their newly decorated rooms.
This guest post was written by Alaina Clark.