Baby boy sleeps peacefully. Transitioning your 1-year-old from co-sleeping can be a challenge, but is achieved through consistency and patience.

Getting Your 1-Year-Old to Sleep in Their Own Bed: Transitioning from Co-Sleeping

For many parents, co-sleeping with their 1-year-old has been a natural choice for bonding and convenience (how can you say no to that cute face and cuddles?) However, as your child grows, it becomes important to transition them to their own bed. This article will provide guidance on how to gently and effectively encourage your 1-year-old to sleep in their own bed, while fostering a sense of security and comfort.

Understanding the Transition from Co-Sleeping

Transitioning your 1-year-old from co-sleeping to sleeping in their own bed can be a gradual process. It's crucial to remember that every child is different, and this transition may take time. Start by creating a positive sleep environment in their own room, ensuring it is safe, comfortable, and familiar. Respect their emotions and gradually introduce the change, allowing them to adjust at their own pace.

Establish a Bedtime Routine

Setting a consistent bedtime routine can provide your child with a sense of security and predictability that will eventually urge them away from co-sleeping. Engage in calming activities before bed, such as reading a book or singing lullabies. This routine will signal to your 1-year-old that it's time to wind down and prepare for sleep. Consistency is key, so follow the same routine each night to reinforce their bedtime expectations.

Introduce Gradual Separation

Instead of abruptly moving your child to their own bed, consider starting with small steps towards transitioning away from co-sleeping. Begin by placing a crib or toddler bed next to your own bed. This allows them to still feel your presence and gradually adapt to their new sleeping space. As they become more comfortable, slowly increase the distance between your beds until they are fully in their own room. Provide reassurance and comfort during this process, emphasizing that you are always nearby if needed.

Create a Comforting Environment

Make your child's bed a cozy and inviting space. Use their favorite blankets, stuffed animals, or a special night light to create a soothing atmosphere. Consider using a transitional object, such as a soft toy or a piece of your clothing with your scent, to provide them with additional comfort and familiarity. These items can help ease any anxiety or uneasiness associated with the transition. A relaxing bedtime audio experience may be a good option, as well, as the lullabies and wind-down meditations can create a nice, relaxing atmosphere that will lull your child to sleep with ease. Storypod has an excellent option with Teo the Dreamy Bear Craftie, whose soft bedtime music tracks, breathing exercises, and bedtime stories will help your little day wind-down after a day of growing and learning!

Respond with Patience and Consistency

During this transition from co-sleeping, it's important to respond to your child's needs with patience and consistency. If your little one wakes up during the night and seeks comfort, offer reassurance without bringing them back into your bed. Instead, gently guide them back to their own bed, provide a comforting touch, and remind them it's time to sleep. Consistency in your approach will help them understand the new sleeping arrangement and reinforce healthy sleep habits.


Transitioning your 1-year-old from co-sleeping to sleeping in their own bed can be a gradual and sensitive process. By understanding your child's needs, establishing a consistent bedtime routine, and creating a comforting sleep environment, you can help them develop healthy sleep habits and foster their independence, all while ensuring their sense of security and comfort. Want to learn more about what proper sleeping habits should look like for your 1-year-old? Read about it here.

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