Sleeping with the child brings many benefits to him, even with his advanced age, which is contrary to the belief of many parents.
And the French magazine “Emilior Ta Sonte” published a report in which it says that many mothers sleep with a newborn child to reassure and feed him every time he needs it, and sometimes as they get older, let many parents do not. children to sleep alone in their beds.
However, there is a common belief that children do not learn to become independent in this way, but researchers who looked into this matter concluded that this belief is not entirely true, letting children sleep with their parents can lead to multiple benefits.
The newspaper noted that many parents said they do not allow their children to sleep with them because they fear they will not learn to be independent. However, James McKenna, director of the Mother and Child Behavior Laboratory at the University of Notre Dame, explained that the most confident children are those who sleep with their parents. During these moments the child feels protected and gets rid of fears and anxieties.
According to the newspaper, this sense of calmness leads children towards life in a more positive way, therefore they do not hesitate to face new challenges themselves and test their skills. The same specialist found that children who are denied this opportunity tend to be more afraid, as loneliness at critical times makes it difficult to control emotions.
The paper stated that Louis Janda and Robert Lewis, two other well-known researchers, encouraged the discovery of the effects of co-sleeping on the child, as the researchers in 1988 interviewed 133 women and 77 men who had lived with their parents during childhood. slept
In the analysis stage, the researchers found that this habit increases self-confidence as children feel loved. As a result, it is easier for children to relate to others because they do not think they will be judged, and they know they can communicate calmly and honestly with each other.
The paper pointed out that other researchers have confirmed that co-sleeping children can have a better emotional relationship with their parents, and in the moments before sleep there are lots of kisses and laughter, and thus children feel that all their emotional needs are met.
For parents, lying with their children for a while is a good alternative to relieve stress, and this quality time is essential for good emotional connection and to remind children of how important they are in parents’ lives, in addition to is it necessary for children to open their hearts and tell their parents their innermost thoughts.
How and when do you prepare for your child’s separation?
The decision to separate the child from his parents’ room comes inevitably, even if it is a little delayed, so after you have made your decision that it is time for your child to move to a separate room, here are expert tips to make this stage easier for you and your child:
Set a specific bedtime routine
Maintaining a daily routine helps the child to build a specific system regarding bedtime, which is one of the basic principles of organizing the child’s sleep, and its presence makes it easier to change the room , as it is now a matter of only changing his sleeping place, not changing everything.
Announce his room
Before separating the children in their room, they usually do not spend much time in it, and therefore it is preferable to make it more familiar to them, by getting them used to it, by spending the pre-sleep phase in it, such as e.g. reading the story time, as well as taking a nap in it for a few days before moving it.
And you can move some of his favorite toys, like stuffed dolls, and spend time playing in them in the morning.
Set the mood for sleep
Adjust the temperature of the room, calm it down, or use white noise if the child is used to it, and darken the room except for a dim night light to help the child sleep.
Don’t rush your child to adjust
Children’s reactions vary, and some struggle to adapt to change and may not accept it immediately, in which case you can accompany him to his new room and sleep with him there for a few nights, before leaving him alone in it let sleep
And you can make your disappearance gradual, so that for the first few nights you will stay by your child’s bed while he tries to sleep, after a few days you will be between the bed and the door, and then outside the door.
And if your baby wakes up in the middle of the night and can’t fall back asleep on his own, you can let him sleep next to you.
When the child is moved to his room, certain precautions must be taken, such as:
Cover electrical outlets and any sharp corners, and place the bed away from anything that could fall on it or get tangled in it, such as a lamp or curtain cords, and don’t place the bed under the window, and close any windows. in the room, and put pillows on the floor next to the bed to prevent the child from being injured when he falls asleep.
From cradle to bed
Your baby’s ability to get out of bed is a sign that it’s time to move him to the bigger bed, as baby beds pose a risk to them and increase the possibility of injury if they manage to step on them regularly climb.