For almost her entire life, Natalie has been co-sleeping with us. We LOVE it, but after she turned three years old in June and with a little sister on the way, we decided it was time for her to learn to sleep by herself. We told her stories about how "big girls" sleep by themselves and also bought her a new bed (a bunk!) as incentive. After a couple months (of sleeping on the top and then moving to the bottom bunk), she's really got the hang of it!
Every night, we do a big bedtime routine (bath, drink warm milk, brush teeth, wee-wee, diaper, read a book, sing a song, turn off the light, kiss her 3 stuffed animals good night, kiss her good night), then we tuck her in and leave her to fall asleep by herself. She's been sleeping by herself for almost 3 months now and we're super proud of her!
Natalie sleeping in her "big girl" bed. She always sleeps on the bottom bunk now.