Transitioning from co-sleeping to toddler bed

How can parents help their children transition from co-sleeping to sleeping in their own bed. This independence is important for children and sleep expert Kathy Sinclair shares the best ways to make this transition seamless.
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Transitioning from co-sleeping to toddler bed

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The time you should transition your toddler into his own bed if he is bed sharing with you is around two and a half. That's because you want them to be mature enough to handle the responsibility of being in his own bed. It's a lot of responsibility; putting themselves to bed, staying in bed, making sure they don't come out in the middle of the night. You want to make sure they are mature enough to do that. Any time after two is good. Closer to two and a half or three is even better. The easiest way to do that is the gradual retreat process. You go and lay down with them in their own bed, you move the chair, you move the chair closer to the door. That will take around two weeks on average, but it could take a little longer depending on your child.

How can parents help their children transition from co-sleeping to sleeping in their own bed. This independence is important for children and sleep expert Kathy Sinclair shares the best ways to make this transition seamless.

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Kathy Sinclair

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Kathy Sinclair is a committed and dedicated baby sleep expert that has spent 2,856 nights without sleep so that parents of newborns could get theirs. During this time she has studied closely the secrets, nuances, and ins-and-outs of baby sleeping patterns. This study, along with her skill and knowledge, has enabled her to be known as the “Baby Whisperer of Los Angeles” by some of her clients, who know that she can get babies sleeping peacefully and easily within a very short space of time.

Kathy is a graduate of Australia's prestigious Charlton Brown Nanny College, a certified postpartum doula, lactation educator, and a certified Happiest Baby on the Block Educator. As the head of Baby Sleep Solutions, a sleep consultation service, Kathy does online, telephone and in person consulting to families who need to get more sleep quickly and without fuss.

Kathy currently spends her time between Los Angeles and Brisbane Australia, enjoying an endless summer and the best of both worlds.

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