My daughter used to sleep with me in my bed since she was 8months old. Now that she is 18 months old, I always thought of training her to sleep back in her own bed. Last Friday I was watching Nanny 911 show and suddenly her word strike me real hard. She said to the mother of 3 children : "Why can't you just let your 8 months old baby sleep on her own?" Her word has encourage me (or rather I feel challenged) to start trying to put my daughter sleep on her own bed right NOW! So I quickly think of my strategy how to go about it.
First, I told my girl that mommy was going to put a new beautiful bedsheets on her bed and that she will be sleeping on it tonight.While i was putting on her new bedsheets, i kept engaging her by asking her if she likes it and asked her to try laid down on her bed.
Next, I kept telling her that she is a big girl now and I trusted that she will be able to sleep on her own. I continued praising her and gave her some toys to play inside the bed.
Then, I told her that I was going to turn off the light but I will be around. When the light is off, she started to feel uncomfortable and wanna get out of the bed. I kept consoling her and hug her but insist not to bring her out of her bed. She cried for a while and I asked if she want to drink some milk. I was able to convince her to lay down on her bed while taking her milk.
After finished her milk, I quickly sang her songs and pat her back slowly so that she won't feel like standing up again. A few minutes later, miracle happen- she finally fell asleep. The whole process took around half and hour but I was so blissful that we had succeed at the first trial.
It has been 3 consecutive days she was sleeping on her own bed (keep my finger crossed :)). I really feel that I am a very lucky mother and I am so proud of my daughter ^-^