Nighttime snuggles and snoozing with little ones sure can be adorable, but all of that cuteness comes to a halt after a string of nights in which you take a knee to the ribs and an elbow to the face. Having your child in your bed can be cramped quarters, especially as they are growing bigger and taking up more space. If you're ready to reclaim your mattress, you need to know how to get your toddler to stop sleeping in your bed. Making this transition will give you the space you need to get a good night's sleep, as well as encourage your toddler to be more independent.
Moving your child out of your bed and into their own is a common concern for parents. As co-creator of Sleepeasy Solution and family therapist Jill Spivack told Parenting magazine, there are many parents who didn't plan on having a family bed , but end up having one out of convenience or sheer exhaustion. The good news is the switch can be made. You just need to save up all your patience and be willing to stick with it, even when the going gets tough.
If you're dreaming of spreading out in your own bed again, put these seven ideas for getting your toddler out of your bed to the test and start enjoying that extra leg room.