My four-year-old son has been sleeping in my bed since he was born. I breastfed and this was easier for me. I think it’s time for him to sleep in his own bed but he really pitches a tantrum when I insist. What’s the best way to get him to sleep in his own bed?
Think of this from your son’s point of view. He has a secure nest from the day he was born and now you are asking him to give it up. Maybe you will have to take things gradually. You might try sleeping in his “big boy” bed with him for a week or so, letting him know that “big boys” sleep in their own beds. After that try going back to your own bed after he’s asleep. If he wakes up and comes back to your bed, just go back with him and finish the night in his bed. Give him lots of praise when he can finally spend the whole night by himself. This might take several weeks but he will eventually get used to being by himself. Lots of children have a favorite blanket, stuffed animal or toy to take to bed with them. You may have been your son’s “security blanket.” Just give him plenty of time to feel secure on his own.