How To Stop Co-Sleeping And Help Your 4yo To Sleep On Their Own

This topic is very near and dear to my heart.

4 years old was the age when my first born graduated to sleep in her own bedroom. From what I remember, it was quite smooth sailing only because she shared the room with her baby sister, who was 16 months old then.

I remember it took months for me. From staying in the room, lying down on the carpet on the floor waiting for them to fall asleep, to doing their bedtime routine, tuck them in bed, kiss goodnight and walk out. Months.

I had so much guilty thoughts then too. I must be doing this wrong.

How come other mums can do it so easily?

How do they manage to do it so quickly?

Books said that this would be over and done with in 3 weeks, and yet months later, I’m still lying on the floor waiting for them to go to sleep. Some nights it would take an hour (or more) and I’d be asleep while waiting! Sounds familiar?

What helped me to move on from that spot?

Here are three things that I used and you can most definitely try:


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How To Transition From Co-Sleeping To The Cot

If someone asks me, “Sarah, what’s your ideal sleep arrangement like with your baby?”

I don’t have a small baby anymore but my answer would be, “Co-sleeping (either in the cot next to me or sharing the bed with me) for the first 2 years of their life.” This would be the same answer from my husband too. We both love the idea of sleeping closely with our babies.

I room shared with my oldest daughter until she was 4 years old and my youngest, until she was 1.5 years old.

After going through two babies, the circumstances were different and after supporting many moms with the cot transition, there is no ‘right time’ to end co-sleeping.

It’s when you feel the sleeping arrangement doesn’t work for your family anymore. Then I feel that’s the right time to consider changing your baby’s sleeping place.

In this post, I’m going to answer the following question,

“OK, I think I’ve just about had it with this...

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How To Make The Big Girl/Boy Bed Transition

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Making the transition would usually happen when the child is two years old onwards. It could be earlier, if your child has mastered the art of escaping from her cot and that would be very dangerous. Two years old is the so-called magic age because they are able to understand the rule of not leaving or getting out of her bed. Any earlier, say 18 months, it would be frustrating for both toddler and parents to sleep train her in her own big bed.

If your child has been sleeping in her own cot all this while, try to wait until your child is at least 2, but also don’t wait too long to make this transition if you’re expecting another child. You would want to start the process at least 3 months before the baby is due. Also during this switch, it’s very important to stick to the current bedtime rules and routine – more important than ever to be consistent at this point.

Here are some tips to help with the transition:

1. Do talk about the transition and involve your...

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