Discover the keys to helping children adjust to a new bedroom with comfort items, sleep aids, and a supportive bedtime routine.
Moving to a new house can be an exciting adventure, but it often comes with a fair share of anxiety and uncertainty for children. One of the key challenges parents face during this transition is helping children adjust to a new bedroom, which plays a pivotal role in maintaining healthy sleep habits. In this article, we'll explore how comfort items and sleep aids can be instrumental in creating a soothing and welcoming environment for your child. By doing so, you'll not only ease their transition but also ensure that they maintain healthy sleep habits during a move. Let's delve into making a new bedroom a comforting haven for your little one.
Creating a Cozy Haven
When embarking on helping children adjust to a new bedroom, the first step is to create a cozy haven that feels like home. Preparations should start even before the relocation. Therefore, make sure to organize everything thoughtfully as you pack up their old bedroom for the move. This approach ensures their favorite items and comfort pieces are readily accessible in their new space. Soft, inviting bedding with familiar patterns or colors can make the new room feel like a comforting cocoon. Consider involving your child in the decoration process, allowing them to choose a few decor items or wall art pieces that resonate with their personality.
Additionally, if possible, maintain the layout of their old bedroom as closely as possible. Familiarity in placement can provide a sense of continuity that's incredibly reassuring during this period of change. Remember, the goal is to craft an atmosphere that fosters feelings of safety and security, helping your child transition smoothly to their new bedroom.
The Power of Familiarity
Comfort items are akin to a child's trusted companions. They carry the essence of familiarity, providing security amid change. These cherished items are crucial when helping children adjust to a new bedroom. Whether it's a stuffed animal, a well-loved blanket, or a favorite toy, these treasures can soothe and reassure the child.
As you settle into the new space, encourage your child to place their beloved items in appropriate locations. Their old bedtime buddies can serve as anchors, connecting the past with the present. The scent and touch of these items can evoke a strong sense of comfort, helping your child feel more at ease in their unfamiliar surroundings.
Familiarity doesn't just stop at comfort items. Consider replicating the lighting conditions and room temperature from their previous bedroom. If the old room had a cozy reading nook, recreate something similar. These seemingly small elements collectively contribute to creating a reassuring ambiance, reinforcing the idea that this new bedroom is still a safe and welcoming place.
Nightlights and Sleep Aids
Light and darkness significantly affect sleep, especially for children adjusting to a new bedroom. The fear of the dark can be a common challenge during this transition, and nightlights can be a simple yet effective solution. A gentle nightlight can provide a reassuring glow, dispelling shadows and making the room feel less intimidating. Opt for a soft, warm light that won't disrupt sleep patterns.
In addition to nightlights, consider incorporating sleep aids into your child's bedtime routine. White noise machines or soothing music players can drown out unfamiliar sounds, creating a peaceful auditory environment. Nature sounds, lullabies or calming melodies can be particularly helpful in lulling your child to sleep.
It's essential to choose sleep aids that are age-appropriate and safe for your child's use. These aids can offer comfort and security, making adjusting to a new bedroom a smoother experience. The goal is to create an environment where your child feels protected and relaxed, ensuring a good night's sleep even in unfamiliar surroundings.
Establishing a consistent bedtime routine is one of the most effective ways to help children adjust to a new bedroom. This ritual signals your child that it's time to wind down and provides a sense of predictability in their new environment.
Begin by setting a bedtime and sticking to it as closely as possible, even on weekends. That helps regulate your child's internal clock and ensures they get the recommended amount of sleep for their age. Incorporate calming activities like reading a book, taking a warm bath, or gentle cuddling into the routine. These activities help your child relax and create positive associations with bedtime.
If you have a baby, a well-structured bedtime routine can be instrumental in helping them get better naps throughout the day. Keep the room dimly lit to signal that it's nighttime. As you go through the routine consistently, your child will understand that it's time for sleep, adjusting their new bedroom to be smoother and more restful.
Parental Support and Communication
Your support and open communication are indispensable while helping children adjust to a new bedroom. Children often look to their parents for reassurance, especially in times of change. Here are some key ways to provide the support your child needs:
In helping children adjust to a new bedroom, we've discovered the incredible impact of comfort items, sleep aids, and a consistent bedtime routine. Parental support, communication, and proactive problem-solving play pivotal roles in this transition. Remember, maintaining healthy sleep habits during a move is essential for your child's well-being. By creating a cozy haven, embracing familiarity, and providing the necessary tools for comfort, you can ensure that your child not only adjusts but thrives in their new bedroom.
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Violet - 3.5 Months
"Erin was a pleasure to work with. We chose the plan that included daily telegram support, which I highly recommend. She made a sleep plan for us, provided a plethora of sleep education, and answered my many daily questions.
I was really nervous to do sleep training on our own; part of me thought that our baby would hate us for allowing her to cry. I'm not sure I would have been able to commit to the training without Erin cheering us on and reminding us to stay strong.
Erin definitely took a lot of the stress away. She helped troubleshoot the daily nap/bedtime schedule, which can be a struggle!
Training has made the 4-month sleep regression that much easier. I think we are almost through it, and it hasn't been that bad! I haven't had to get up with her during the night since we started training!
She gave me the confidence to face any future obstacle head-on. Since completing training, we have had one late night putting baby to bed for family photos and a vaccine appointment during nap time. She has become so much more flexible with her sleep, falling asleep in places that, prior to, she wouldn't have.
While we will strive to provide most naps in her crib or pack-n-play (on the go), it's nice to know that if we are unable to provide either that she is flexible to nap wherever we are.
She was a pretty happy baby prior to training, but I think she is that much happier getting better naps and nighttime sleep. I'm a happier and better mom for doing sleep training and no longer contact napping!
It really gives you a piece of mind and a sense of pride when your baby can just put themselves to sleep!
Thank you so much, Erin; this was a life-changing experience for us! I highly recommend Erin if you are looking to successfully sleep train your baby/child with daily support and expertise. "
- Jenna C.
Lily - 22 Months
"I think for me, the hesitation to hire a sleep consultant was more thinking that if I asked for help, it meant that I failed at helping my daughter on my own.
Lily sleeps so much better at night. No more nighttime feeds. She naps on her own now. She's so much happier and eating more. We have a better schedule now. Plus, I can actually get chores done when Lily Is napping.
Erin is extremely kind and patient. I loved how passionate she is about helping families get better sleep!
Erin is easy to talk to and understanding. Very helpful and relatable.
I would recommend Erin to anyone I came across who expressed needing help with sleep training."
- Kristina R.
Riley - 3.5 YO & Bodhi - 1.5 YO
"Erin is a pleasure to work with. She is understanding and knowledgeable and has strategies that work.
Before Erin, my 3.5-year-old and 1.5-year-old were waking up continuously throughout the night, and everyone in the house was exhausted and miserable.
By the time our lessons with Erin were though, our children no longer fight or fuss and now sleep through the night.
Her insight and knowledge base has truly changed our family's nights into restful sleeps.
My husband and I could not have done this without her. "
- Melissa & John A.
Astrid - 5 Months
"The internet is full of parents who have opinions on what makes a successful sleeping baby and nursery setup, but they completely contradict one another.
It is frustrating, and when you're in the thick of this chaos, you will try everything, which means nothing works.
We put ourselves through so much trying to solve our little girl's sleep issues and just assumed it was the four-month sleep regression.
After weeks of her only napping for 10-30 minutes, waking up screaming after 30 minutes at bedtime, needing to feed to sleep, and having complete meltdowns for nap and sleep time, we decided to bring in a professional.
It was so relieving to have a professional weed out the misinformation and set us up with clear guides for us as parents to follow.
In one night, our daughter stopped needing night feeds and, within just a couple of nights, slept through the night (meaning, she was able to put herself back to sleep).
In a few days, she was getting better, fuller naps during the day. Honestly, after the first week, we just t had situation-specific questions we needed guidance for; otherwise, our baby was a sleeping superstar at just five months old!
When I have told family and friends we hired a sleep consultant, many didn't know it was an option. Those who have littles are now considering this option if their little needs that helping hand.
Don't be afraid to get help. It may seem like something you as the parent should just be able to solve, but you don't need to do this alone.
Give yourself the relief and let someone else guide you."
Benjamin - 5 Months
"Erin has exceeded all my expectations about sleep training.
I am a physician and I knew a lot about sleep training already and was still not able to successfully succeed on my own.
Erin helped me and my family in a encouraging and simple way to achieve that. She is professional, kind and very approachable. She makes you feel valued.
My little one is 5 months and sleeping through the night. He is happier and I am too.
I would highly recommend her to my friends and my patients."
Lochlin - 3.75 YO
When my wife and I reached out looking for help with our son Lochlin , we were both at our wits ends with him and the battle to go to bed and sleep every night. Both of us dreaded the night time routine that we had fallen into , the screaming and yelling and fighting had drained both of us down and made night time a not enjoyable time in our house.
When we did reach out to Erin we were both a loss as how to deal with Lochlin. Not only was his temper out of control but ours was beginning to get out of control as well due to the lack of sleep going on in the house.
Erin made both of feel like we hadn't failed at being parents cause our child didn't sleep, but that we had done nothing wrong and we should be proud of the fact that we were asking for help.
Thought the whole process Erin continued to not only make sure Lochlin was thriving with his new found sleep, but that we were also thriving and feeling better with more sleep. Within the 3 weeks of the program Lochlin's attitude and temperament changed for the better and he is now easy to put to bed not only for us but for anyone from uncles and aunts to our babysitter.
We can't thank Erin enough for bringing peace and restful night to our home!!!!!
Torin & Leanne B.
Grayson 5 Years
My first hesitation is that they would not be able to help my child who is older, 5 years old to be exact. He was the perfect sleeper from 8 weeks old until 4.5 years old then suddenly developed sleep issues.
But Grayson is sleeping on his own, in his own bed, I am no longer sleeping in the same room or bed and I am no longer sleeping on the floor outside his room. He went from waking 5 or 6 times a night needing me to sleep with him to sleeping on his own and waking 1 time a night.
I loved that you met me where I was with Grayson. I think you saw that he was having a lot of anxiety surrounding sleeping on his own. Thank you for giving us the tools to help him succeed.
We feel confident knowing how to set the nighttime boundaries. Even when he wakes and sometimes, he needs more soothing than others he still knows he can sleep on his own and eventually settles back to sleep. Thank you!
The most important thing people should know about working with Erin is that she will tailor the work to the child! Which is exactly what we needed.
She was amazing!
Oakley - 4 Months
I wasn't sure if spending the money was going to be worth it. Now I can say with confidence it WAS worth it! I have my sanity back! I started this journey with waking up 4x a night and dealing with 30-40 min crap naps all day with my baby. I am now down to 1x a night and he's napping 3 solid naps a day that last anywhere from 1-3 hours depending. I don't feel like I'm living at a sleep torture camp anymore! I can't thank you enough for your support on those days I wanted to give up, for answering my 1000 questions and for giving me back some much-needed sleep.
Madelyn – 4 Months
"We were at our end with our little ones’ sleep issues and having 2 older kiddos meant that there was no way for me to sleep during the day to catch up... so we had to do something about our then 4-month-old sleep habits. It took some time but now we have a baby who happily sleeps thru the night and allows our whole family to sleep better too :)"
Felix - 10 Weeks Old
We were initially concerned about hiring a Sleep Consultant due to my sons age (10 weeks), we were concerned that he was too young, and the recommendations would be too strict. I was also worried that maybe I wouldn’t have the emotional fortitude to implement the recommendations.
But once we started working with Erin she put our concerns at ease. Right from the beginning she explained to us that this would be a rollercoaster and reminded us of this throughout our time together. She is a Mom herself and has been through this with her own children. Her stepwise approach works to gradually build the baby’s skills, as well as the skills of the parents. She offers straight forward advice, and was always willing and open to meet us where we were at.
Erin was always available to ask as many questions as we needed throughout the process. The WhatsApp texting allowed us to get fairly real time answers to questions or concerns as they came up.
My little guy now sleeps in his crib, on his own for all of his sleep both during the day and at night! I put Felix down and he falls asleep on his own within 5-10 minutes, and there is very little fussing. When there is fussing I now have the skills to be able to help him settle without panicking. Felix sleeps 10 to 12 hours every night, along with 3 to 4 hours of daytime sleep. We are now a well-rested happy family, and are able to enjoy our time together!!
I would recommend Erin to any parents who are struggling with sleep. I believe that quality sleep for parents and babies is invaluable for mental health, enjoyment, and development. Both my husband and I are really enjoying the experience of being new parents, even during a global pandemic, and I believe a large part of that is because the whole family is well rested. Thank you for guiding us through the process of helping Felix learn how to sleep!
Henry & Theodore - 6 month old Twins
As first-time (twin!!) parents everything was overwhelming. Erin helped work with us, at our own pace, to create healthy sleep habits for our boys and by 5.5 months were in their own cribs sleeping 12 hours a night.
She listened to us when we had concerns and issues and helped to resolve them immediately.
We are very grateful for Erin and everything she helps us accomplish with our rockstar sleeping boys!!
I would recommend Erin to all parents that value a good night's sleep!
Bohdan 14 months
At first we were hesitant about hiring a sleep consultant because everything that we had tried didn’t work. But once we took the plunge we were so happy that we did. Erin made the process to get Bohdan to sleep clear and easy to follow. Now almost every night our little guy sleeps through the night without any, or much, fuss, and actually naps during the day!
Thanks to Erin's program I have my evenings and nights free, without running to the baby to get him back to sleep again, and again. Bohdan is able to sleep by himself, and our household has been able to sleep more and worry less.
I would recommend Erin’s services to any parents struggling with their child's sleep patterns! Thanks to partnering with Erin our baby is able to get the rest he needs, and so can we!
Logan 6 weeks - 3.5 months
"My newborn did not like to go to sleep he would fight it for hours.
I could sometimes feed him to sleep wait for him to go into a deep sleep than transfer him but that was hit and miss.
All my friend's newborns were great sleepers and I was scared to try sleep training so early.
Erin gave me the confidence and assurance that I needed to do gentle sleep training at 2 months. After 3 days he had improved a lot and by the time he was 5 months old, he was amazing.
No more crying or fussing just snuggles his lovey and goes to sleep.
Erin is a lifesaver!"
Lily - 5.5 months
"We were at the end of our rope with our almost 6-month-old daughter. I had fallen into the trap of either nursing or rocking her to sleep, but really no one in the house was actually getting any sleep. She was napping for no more than 30 mins each time and waking every 2 hours throughout the night. We were all zombies, so late one night I did a desperate search for a sleep consultant. Erin was recommended by other local moms on a Facebook group, so with our fingers crossed, we took the plunge. It was scary at first. I didn't want anyone else to know. I felt embarrassed that I couldn't figure out how to get my own child to sleep and thought I would be judged negatively by anyone who found out. But after a very short time with Erin, I realized how crazy I was being and truthfully could not care less what anyone else thought of us because the results have been incredible! Our daughter now has three solid naps a day and sleeps through the night! I'm still in shock by the huge difference this has made in our lives. Not only is our daughter happier and more well rested, but we are too! My only other hesitation was the cost. Yes, it's a hefty sum of money, but I only regret not calling Erin sooner. She does not simply give you a cookie cutter plan, she fully customized and adapted our plan during our time together. Erin was very prompt with answering all of our questions and was adamant on our success. Yes, there were some very hard days, yes there was some crying (from both of us!), but with a little pep talk from Erin and some encouragement we got through it. I would fully recommend Erin for anyone who is having difficulties with their little ones sleeping!"
Max - 2.75 YO
"We thought that we were doing everything right to give our son the best chance at sleeping well. Erin's' expertise and knowledge proved to us that in certain situations, a specialist is required to get the results that are necessary to have and maintain a content, happy and rested household. We have only the odd night waking compared to multiple times a night. We are all accumulating sleep and keeping up on it as opposed to living in our previous chronic sleep deprived states.
Now that we have the knowledge of what works with our son within our expectations as a household, we are all much better rested, happier and much more able to enjoy the time together as a family. That is priceless. Sleep is priceless and is proving to be the backbone in our family’s ability to be content! Even our friends and family are noticing the difference. I would tell anyone who will listen that this was well worth the time, effort and money. Erin is a real person. She is genuine and kind, understanding and funny. We handed our sleep struggles over to her and immediately felt a sense of relief. We were confident that she would walk us gently through this transition period with ease and she did!! If anything slips, we're now confident that we have the tools in place to move forward instead of falling back into the habits that ended up causing us the struggle to begin with. She worked with us in our unique situations to find the best route to achieving our sleep goals. There isn't a black and white answer and she will work hard to find what will work for your child.
I am grateful to have had Erin's help."
Oliver - 9 months
“In the beginning, I was worried that either I didn't need help and could/should be able to do it on my own and that if I couldn't get my child sleeping, nobody could. But Oliver now sleeps through the night and we have a solid sleeping schedule. We even survived our first sickness with the new routine! He still only has mostly 2 forty minute naps per day but luckily, we have the plan and skills to be able to make this work for Oliver and our family. Although we are still working on the naps I didn't realize what a difference the consolidated night sleep would have on Oliver's daytime temperament.
I am so glad we were recommended Erin Neri as our sleep consultant. She was easy to talk to and a pleasure to work with. What I liked most about Erin is that she doesn't just give you a plan to blindly follow, she teaches about good sleep habits and explains the importance of the process so that you understand. This understanding gives you the confidence you need as a family to be able to manage your child's sleep schedule. We are now all getting the sleep we need!”
Henry - 6 YO & George - 3.75 YO
"My 3 and 6 year would not go to sleep independently. Either my husband or I had lay down with them until they fell asleep. This taking sometimes up to an hour. If our 3 year old had a nap during the day, even a 5 minute one, it would take hours for us to get him to fall asleep at night. Once they were asleep, our 3 year would come into our room several times a night. No one was sleeping. Our 3 year old was often cranky during the day. My husband and I were not sure if we wanted to spend the money on a sleep consultant and it not work for our two boys. They are strong willed boys. What we were doing was not working so we hired the "Sleep Fairy, Erin." It was the best money we have spent in a while. Both boys go to bed independently and stay in bed all night, even if they are not sleeping at home. If my 3 year old has a nap, he still goes to bed on time. We are all getting a good night sleep. Everyone is in a better mood during the day.”
Katelyn 6.5 Months
At first, my husband and I thought: “This is a normal phase that will pass.” A month later and she was still waking up every two hours at night. That’s when we decided to call Erin and we are so glad that we did!
Knowing that Erin came highly recommended and was someone in our community made the decision very easy. I like how she was completely understanding and acknowledged our problems. I also appreciated how she had a quick and simple answer to all of our questions.
EVERYONE is able to get the sleep that we need. We know that we can put her down for the night and that will put herself to sleep. It usually takes about 5 minutes, during which she coos herself asleep (I like to think that she is signing herself a lullaby). We also have a more consistent and predictable nap schedule, which helps us in so many ways.
And to top it all off, my husband and I are able to spend time together in the evenings without the baby; which is allowing us to feel more like ourselves.
We also know that we can leave in the evenings, and that our baby won’t wake up, and if she does, she can put herself back to sleep without our help.
100% no questions asked. I would recommend anyone who thinks: “I never knew I could be this tired with a baby.” It’s so easy to think “this is normal, it will pass, it’s just a phase” but it’s not.
Such an invaluable experience that I recommend to anyone.
Mackenzie - 9 months
"I seriously doubted that this would work; I was absolutely convinced Mackenzie was just one of those babies who didn't sleep. I hesitated to spend the money, but honestly, it was so worth it!
When you told me at the start she would be sleeping 12 hours straight within a few weeks - I laughed. Hard. You clearly didn't "know" my baby - haha! Low and behold, not only do I have a baby that sleeps, she's a champion sleeper!! I'm just glad I didn't make a bet with you - because I'd have lost!
She now goes to sleep on her own, without complaining, and sleeps all night! She also has two awesome naps a day. When I doubted myself, you gave me the confidence that I could do this!
Since completing your program I have more time to spend with my older daughter, with my husband and on myself! Plus, I get to sleep longer than 1 hour and 37 minute stretches at night! Which sort of rocks!
I would recommend Erin from To The Moon and Back Sleep Consulting to anyone that thinks "babies just don't sleep"! They can! And it's amazing!!"
To The Moon and Back Sleep Consulting
Providing families the tools & support they need to get their little ones sleeping through the night and napping like champs! Everyone has more fun when they are well rested!