The transition from crib to bed is not always an easy one! Infants and
babies feel comfortable and safe in an "enclosed" space (including their
crib). It's all they've known, from womb until now.
This move to a regular bed, brings with it unique changes and a new found freedom. For some children, this sudden sense of freedom can be a real issue. It doesn't take them long (within minutes for many) to realize they can get in and out of their new bed as many times as they want.
"authoritative" parent may succeed getting their child to stay in bed after
only a few tear-filled nights and "laying-down-the-law" words as well as
actions. Loving concern (or "tough love" as they like to call it) may very
well win if it is purely a behavioral issue. The toddler will adjust and
finally fall asleep on his own, without battles, in his new bed.
For the more "permissive" parent, OR the parent of a child with Sensory
Processing Disorders, the tear-filled battles may be too difficult, and
inconsistency or "giving in" may result... just so everyone can get a little
Either the parent ends up in the child's room until they fall asleep, or the child ends up in the parents bed. Believe me, I know this experience well. My daughter absolutely could not soothe herself to sleep without my
help, no matter what we tried!
There should be no judgment here... there are also endless in-between
scenarios that could play out as well. My point is, transitions are not
always easy! And, depending on how difficult the new sense of freedom and the lack of a safe, non-stimulating, "enclosed" space is for the child, will determine how challenging the situation becomes for both parent and child.
But, this is certainly not an article focused on parenting or behavior
problems. It is, rather, an article focused on ONE possible solution!
It is easy to see how ANY child would enjoy having a bed tent for their own private sleeping sanctuary...drifting off to sleep in a peaceful, imaginary world. But, my focus is on how a bed tent can be an ideal solution for bedtime battles with children who have Sensory Processing / Sensory Integration issues.
Specifically, bed tents have a positive affect on children who:
Here's what I would suggest, if I may. Pick out your
child's favorite color,
Fill the bed tent with his favorite stuffed animals, or
stuff the animals
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