Recently, I’ve noticed a growing amount of “For Sale” and “Sold” signs going up in my neighborhood. I’ve also had several friends seize the opportunity to build their own home. As you can imagine, this is an exciting time for any family.
That being said, it should come as no surprise that each of my friends has asked me at some point in the moving process:
“What do you suggest I do to help my child continue to sleep well in the new house?”
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I would like to share those very tips with you now that have helped my friends transition their children to a new environment.
4 Tips to Help Your Child Adjust to Sleep in a New House
It’s easy to get wrapped up in all the big picture details of a move, but you should never allow that to disrupt your child’s sleep. In that particular respect, it should always be business as usual.
Here are four things you can do to help your child adjust to sleeping even after you’ve moved into the new house:
1. Introduce Them to the New Room
Let your child play and take naps in their new room before officially moving in. Not everyone will have this opportunity, but, if you do, take advantage of it. If they are able to spend time in their room beforehand, it will help the room feel more familiar and welcoming to them when you make the switch.
2. Make the Room Comfortable
When you set up your child’s new room, make sure it encourages good sleep.
- The room should have a dark, cave-like environment.
- The temperature should be between 68 and 72 degrees to help your child’s body stay cool and induce sleep.
- A new house always comes with new noises that can disrupt sleep, so be sure to have white noise available to help cancel out any new sounds.
3. Keep the Routine
Stick to your bedtime routine and sleep expectations, so you don’t create new bad habits with sleep. This will help your child know that even though their room is different, the routine to go to sleep remains the same and, consequently, will help them fall to sleep easier. The consistency of sleep expectations and bedtime routine will help them feel safe and encourage healthy sleep habits in the new house.
4. Be Responsive Enough
Your parent radar may be on high alert when you first move into a new house. But you don’t have to respond to every sound your child makes. Use your parental instincts to recognize your child’s cries that require a response and those you should wait out.
Are they talking, crying, or whimpering in their sleep? If so, don’t respond right away. You don’t want to wake them if they are in an active sleep.
If they are truly awake and scared, you want to respond and let them know you are near, that everything is OK. Then, spend some extra time playing in their room with them the next day.
If you are unsure about whether they need you, invest in a video monitor if you don’t already have one. It is a great way to check on them without entering the room and accidentally waking your child.
It’s an Adjustment for Everyone
Remember that there may be some sleep disruption at first, but this is normal. Everyone is adjusting to the new house. Even you may hear every new noise and not sleep as soundly at first. Give you and your child some time to adjust as everyone becomes familiar with the new house.