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10 steps to train a baby to sleep on his own

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, 20 October 2020: It is very common for parents to face problems with their children refusing to sleep alone. It is a never-ending conflict between the parents’ requests and the child’s pleas to sleep in the parents’ room, which often leads to parents surrendering to their children. Dr. Ahmed Mohamed Abdelaal, Consultant Pediatrics Burjeel Hospital, shares 10 useful tips to train your child to sleep alone.

  1. Preparing the child psychologically.

Talk to them about the benefits of sleeping in their room. Tell them that they will be independent and brave and that you will be in the next room if they need you. You should talk about this while they are in your lap and express it with love and affection.

  • Make your child love his room.

Arrange your child’s bedroom in a way that they love to spend time there. Make sure to familiarize them with the room by leaving them alone for some time when they are playing and discover for themselves that it is fine to be alone in the room.

  • Be calm with him

Avoid putting any pressure or applying force on children to make them sleep alone as that will make them anxious and create fear against you.

  • Remove obstacles

That causes the child to get scared and feel anxious. For example, if the child is afraid of darkness, you must provide them with a bedlight during sleep.

  • Accompany him to bed

You can accompany them until they fall asleep by telling them their favorite bedtime stories. You can leave once they fall asleep. 

  • Giving your baby a warm bath before bedtime will help them sleep peacefully.
  • Avoid leaving any electronic devices in the bedroom.
  • Teach him what to do if he wakes up from his sleep, so that he comes back and sleeps again
  • Fix a bedtime hour each day to set a routine for them to sleep on time
  1. When your child wakes up from sleep, do not rush but leave them until they sleep on their own. If they start crying, try to calm them while they are in bed.

There are several reasons that may force the child to insist on sleeping alongside the mother and refuse to go to sleep in his room, such as:

  1. Feeling of fear

In such cases, the mother must be close to the children, talk to them and find out what frightens them, reassure them about their fears, and always make them feel that she is next to them.

  • Feeling of jealously

Either from the father or the little sibling sleeping next to the mother, especially if it is a newborn. The child may think that the mother is ignoring them after the arrival of the new baby.


Note to Editors

About Burjeel Hospital Abu Dhabi:

Burjeel Hospital is Abu Dhabi’s premier private healthcare facility providing world-class, specialized and superior healthcare complemented by a warm and personalized human touch to the growing population of the emirate of Abu Dhabi.

A unit of the VPS Healthcare, Burjeel Hospital opened for patients in April 2012 as a Tertiary hospital under the auspices of the Health Authority for Abu Dhabi.  At the core of the organization is a team of exceptionally skilled and highly experienced health professionals, collaborating as multidisciplinary teams with Guests and their families as the main focus, to provide the best healthcare experience. 

Burjeel Hospital received the prestigious Joint Commission International (JCI) accreditation in June 2013 – 15 months after starting operations.  Currently, the hospital is affiliated with some of the world’s best healthcare institutions for its center of excellence and is now becoming a renowned center of referral for Cardiovascular, Orthopaedics, Ophthalmology, Paediatrics, Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Reproductive Medicine and many more specialties handling complex laparoscopic and minimally invasive surgeries.

The hospital has full-fledged pharmacy, laboratory, and radiology units to serve Guests at any time of the day. Burjeel also houses a restaurant and a coffee shop, serving the finest and healthiest cuisines from across the world. Combining all-round specialization and expertise with most advanced technology, Burjeel offers the best in diagnostic, curative, as well as preventive aspects of healthcare.

  • Troubled about something

It is common in children from the age of four and above, as they may suffer from anxiety due to an incident at school or due to poor academic performance. The ideal solution is to be next to the mother until they feel reassured and get over this anxiety.

  • Wrong parent behaviour

Like moving the child to his or her room by force. It is advised that the mother talks to them and reassures them to make them feel better.