18 thoughts on “7 Tips For Sleep Training While Room-Sharing”

  1. My 17 month old toddler goes to sleep fine by laying with us in bed and then we move her to pack in play in our room. She used to sleep through night but now she wakes up every night between 2-4 and wants in our bed. How do I get her to sleep all night and what is best way to transition to her room? When putting her in her crib before she wakes up screaming cause she’s not in our room. This was so easy with our little boy but not so with her.

    • @April Jenkins, thank you for writing to us. I’m so sorry to hear you’ve been struggling with your daughter’s wakings and transition to her own room. Here is a link with tips to help your child sleep through the night that may help: https://www.babysleepsite.com/sleep-through-night-free-ebook/
      Since you’ve got a few things going on, and several goals you want to achieve, I’d also recommend working closer with one of our Sleep Consultants. They would love to help you through this by looking at your daughter’s full sleep history, your parenting preferences, and her temperament, and they will create a step by step plan for your family to get her sleeping better again and into her own room. Here is a link to the different services we offer: https://www.babysleepsite.com/baby-toddler-sleep-consulting-services/
      If you have more questions about this or our packages, please feel free to contact us directly at [email protected] and we’d be happy to help you more from there. Hang in there!

  2. Hello,
    My one year old has strong sleep associations with nursing and being held. She sleeps 11-12 hours straight at night. Naps are harder to get her down. Are there any articles on breaking this habit? Any advice you may offer?
    Thanks so much in advance,

    • @ Larissa – the majority of our articles are about solving negative sleep associations like this, actually! That’s what the process of sleep coaching is all about. Here are a few articles that’ll get you started on understanding how to sleep coach, and how to break your toddler of the habit of needing to nurse/be held in order to sleep.

      Sleep Training Cheat Sheet
      5 Ways to Help Your Child Sleep Through The Night
      How To Help You Child Learn To Fall Asleep Independently

      Hope this helps, Larissa! Best wishes to you and to your family 🙂

      Essentially, your goal here is to help her learn to fall asleep independently, without any help from you. Once she can do that, she’ll have an easier time going BACK to sleep when she wakes too early.

  3. We have an 18 month old and a 5 month old, and this is starting to be our problem as well. Our 18 month old has been sleep trained, and is a wonderful sleeper most of the time. Our 5 month old has a crib in the same room as her brother, but still sleep in a crib in my room. She was sleeping through the night, but is now feeding 1-2 times again. This week she also decided she wants to fuss all night, but as soon as she hits a pillow in my bed, she’s out. 1) I don’t want to create a new problem with her in my bed, and 2) her constant waking and crying wakes her brother in the adjacent room who sleeps with a sound machine a a door closed. I’m at a loss but know we are at a critical stage! Is it better to move her into the nursery and battle both kids together? How do we train her to sleep without derailing the 18 month old? Room sharing, with parents or siblings, is getting rough!!

    • @ Bambi – It sounds like your daughter may be struggling through the sleep regression that happens at 4/5 months (https://www.babysleepsite.com/baby-sleep-patterns/4-month-sleep-regression/) Often, babies will start sleeping great between 2-3 months, only for everything to unravel at 4-5 months.

      The good news is that you can gently help her learn to get back to sleeping soundly at night. Our free e-book is a great place to start with that: https://www.babysleepsite.com/baby-sleep-through-night-free-ebook/

      As for whether or not you should keep your kids in the same room – that’s up to you, but it can be a lot easier to stick with sleep coaching if you have your 5 month old in a separate sleeping area. Do you have an extra bedroom you could use for awhile? The move would be temporary, obviously, but it might help sleep training go more smoothly, as you wouldn’t have to constantly be worried about waking your toddler.

      What do you think?

  4. Hi again Sheri! It sounds like you are making great progress already! Having him in his own bed for naps and bedtime are big steps! I understand how hard it must be to move out of your room for now, and would try giving it at least one week and see how things go. Once you move back into the bedroom, having a room divider (even a sheet/blanket hanging from the ceiling) may help. If he cannot see you there in your bed, he may be more likely to stay in his bed. There may be bumps in the road, but you will want to return him to his bed every time, with little to no interaction. Make it boring and “not worth it” to get out of bed.

    Good luck!!!

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