Helping a 5 year-old sleep alone can be a daunting task for any parent. Bedtime has become a battle zone as your child refuses to sleep in his own bed. As a result, the family doesn’t sleep peacefully and he ends up cranky during the day. Patience, a consistent bedtime routine and a few tricks will soon have him sleeping independently and ensure a good night’s sleep for you and the family.
Create a bedtime routine. To get your child to sleep alone, you need to make him feel secure. Having a routine does this and eases his transition to sleep. Include steps like a bath, story time and choosing a toy to take to bed. Whatever the routine, be consistent.