If you are ready to get your 2 year old into their own bed...
buy them a BED TENT!! lol! I know that co-sleeping often goes hand in hand with nursing, and it was certainly the case for us. I wanted to get my 2 year old into her own big girl bed before her little sister arrives in June, and I wanted to do it early enough that she doesn't feel the baby is the reason she is being evicted. Her older sister has a bed tent and the little one loves to playing it, and we told her if she sleeps in her big girl bed for 3 nights we will get her one. Her toddler bed is right next to ours, so she fell asleep in it every night for 3 nights holding my hand. We went and let her pick out what tent she wanted and set it up on her bed. At bedtime she climbed right in, said "no hand momma, doors closed", closed the doors and fell right to sleep, and has been sleeping in it all night for the past 2 weeks. It's the best thing ever!
Anyway, I just wanted to share because I really never thought it would be so simple, and she is soooo happy, and I am so glad it was so untraumatic for her!
This is a great idea but our little one has arrived and our 2y8mth daughter wants a bed with a slide, she loves them more than anything and still that didn't work. BTW I am co-sleeping again with our newborn, our daughter sleeps with Dad and it is no problem. Our little one sleeps wonderfully nights starting from the first week on, and I think that co-sleeping really does help. Fingers crossed it stays that way for us! I will let DH know about the tent idea :-)
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