Moving Baby into Own Room
Every family is different and each parent will decide when the time has come for their baby to move into a room all of their own.
Many parents leave their baby sleeping in their bedroom until a new sibling arrives on the scene, telling their little one that they now have to move into their 'own bed' as the baby will be needing their old bed. Not a pleasant way of putting it to a small child who will already be feeling the first twinges of sibling rivalry! The best way to approach this situation is to try and have the first child well used to their own bed and room long before the next baby is born. After all, parents have a good few months warning that another child is on the way!
Make getting a new bed a fun celebration! Allow them to have some input when picking out duvet cover, sheet colour, and pillows in their favourite cartoon characters, repaint the room in their favourite colour, perhaps adding a print of their tiny handprints on a wall. There is no need to be un-imaginative when looking at your toddler's bed options. Toddler beds can be found in any number of colours, shapes and sizes. If safety issues are a concern you can find beds that have safety features for the smaller child, such as bedrails to keep them from falling out of this new, strange big bed.
Even though your child may be excited about their new 'big bed', be prepared for a few restless nights. After all even grown ups generally have to have a few nights on a new mattress to get comfortable. The same can be said of a child when they get a new bed. An extra bedtime story, a few extra cuddles and shared excitement of the nice new bed may go a long way to ease the transition to their very own sleeping quarters!
If a toddler will not stay in bed, try not to engage in conversation or question answering when they appear in the living room or your bedroom. Most parents can tell the difference between bedtime attention seeking and genuine fear in a child. If scared, leave a light on and doors open for a few nights until they get used to being alone. If it is attention-seeking or they just want to get up and play, keep returning them to their bed, each time covering them up and then leaving without chatting. It may take several nights of this, but once a child realizes that there will be no playtime or conversation, no matter how often they try, the message should soon be loud and clear, bedtime is for sleeping!