In Expert opinion, The Nursery

Each month, Jackie Hardie, owner of The Nursery, gives advice and guidance on aspects of parenting. Drawing on almost three decades working with early years children, including roles as a Reception teacher and an Ofsted inspector, running an international education consultancy, and of course, being a parent, Jackie gives down-to-earth and practical advice.

This month, Jackie focuses on how being calm, consistent and clear is important for the move from cot to bed.

The move from a cot to a big bed can be a big step for a parents and children. 

If you have a child whose sleep is up and down, any change can fill you with anxiety. There are some simple steps to take to help make the move to a bed as stress free as possible.

Don’t make too much fuss. It will help the child feel like it is not a big deal.

If your child gets out of bed put them back and repeat.

Remember, sleep is a behaviour and like any other behaviour you need clear expectations and you must be consistent.

Commit to your decision. If you have a bad night don’t be tempted to put your child back into a cot.

A very dear friend and sleep consultant once told me fancy duvets and bed guards won’t make your child sleep. Being calm, consistent and clear will!

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