I have a 4 yr old daughter with whom we coslept for a long while, then when she transitioned to her own bed, when she was about 2 1/2 or 3, we parented her to sleep (books, prayer, back tickles/snuggles). She has always been welcome in our bed if she wakes in the night.
I am 5 months pregnant and she will be 5 in OCT. For the last year we have discussed teaching her to go to sleep on her own. We would still do the normal bedtime routine, but would like to minus us being needed for her to fall asleep. Is this possible? How do I achieve this goal. Her room is upstairs ours is downstairs. I have mentioned the idea to her and she gets very panicky and informs me that she does not want to do that. She has talked about wanting to spend the night at a grandparents house, but I told her that she needs to be able to put herself to sleep before she starts having sleep overs. Still no interest.
Does anyone have any ideas on how to make this transition smooth and loving?