If your baby was raised in the “family bed”, and she is past her first birthday, it is probably a good time to transition her out. Why does your toddler need to sleep alone?
- More sleep for everybody. Your or your spouse’s movements and noises may wake your toddler, which will in turn wake you. This amounts to a deficiency in sleep, which growing toddlers (and sane parents) need.
- More sex and intimacy for you. Every marriage needs “couple time” and like it or not, most couple time happens in the bedroom. Your toddler needs a mommy and daddy that love each other and have a strong marriage. Regular sex or just cuddling and talking amounts to a more unified marriage.
- Emotional stability for your toddler. Toddlers need to learn how to sleep independently to become emotionally stable children.
We’re not saying that your toddler should be banished to his room forever. Certainly he can sleep with you once in a while. Just try and move it to an exception, rather than a rule. He will be proud of his new found independence.