Hi, are you sleeping with your little ones?
Aww, they are so babyish, just born, right?
And I know you already have a plan to put them in their room at night once they grow little older. It’s totally doable, after all, you also grew out of your parent’s bed one day and are doing fine now.
And also if you put your little one now in other room, you might fall asleep and then don’t hear him cry. O! poor baby ! that would be the worse thing you will do as a parent correct?
So that means the cute little crib you bought is just to make your nursery complete? To tell the baby that ” O my love see mom and dad got you a crib, but you are too little to sleep in it, once you grow up, then you can jump on its mattress before we sell it on craigslist as good as new.”
I see lots of parents, mainly Indian going through this phase of sleeping with their babies. I have two kids and trust me all those scary thoughts like what will happen to them if I put them in other room did come to my head as well. I was also scared of like you might have been. My worse nightmare was also like yours. Especially, when I become a mother the first time, it was very hard for me also to let my baby sleep separately.
I wanted to cuddle her all the time, used to check on her in the night. But then one fine day me and my husband decided to put her in other room.
She was 11 months old, and we put the mattress on the floor for her and went to other room. We checked on her many times that night and there she was sleeping like a princess. We were worried, that if she will crawl in the night then how would she know where to go? We wanted to make sure that she comes to us, so we put night-bulbs in the hallway which connected her room to ours and let all other house be dark enough so that she won’t go anywhere else. Yes, we are crazy parents.
Night after night, we used to check on her and sometimes she used to come to us crying in the middle of the night then depending upon our tiredness we used to let her crawl into our bed or used to take her back to her room.
That made her very independent, and she easily learned to sleep separately.
We were so happy to get our sleep back.
Why make them sleep with you? All that leads to is chronic poor sleep in the night which ultimately makes you frustrated, and that is one of the primary cause of parents making their kids act like mini adults.
No matter how hard it seems but I believe that making your child sleep in his or her bed is the bliss for your entire family.
Separation for you might be easy when they grow up but as they grow it becomes harder for them. I had a nightmare said no baby, they just cry because of hunger and soiled diaper, unlike school kids who get nightmares and take much more space on your beds.
It’s hard for you now, but don’t make it harder for them later.
Move them now.
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Disclaimer: This is based on my personal experiences, and I am no child phycologist.