Bedtime Revolts and Sleep Training
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Have you ever seen the meme comparing a toddler to bed being similar to putting a drunk friend to bed. Yes, that is definitely how it is in my household. Majority of the time, despite my efforts, bedtime becomes complete chaos. One son, runs one direction and the other son runs the opposite. Brushing teeth is a battle and suddenly everyone is hungry and thirsty. On top of that, my oldest who is four, has had no interest in going to bed on his own.
Maybe it’s my fault for enabling the behavior by laying next to his bed every night until he falls asleep but with how chaotic the house can become, it was always just the easier route to ensure both boys stayed in their own beds. I’ve never had any issues with my younger one as far as staying in his own bed. He never attempted to crawl out of his crib or escape Fort Knox, however my older one never, ever wanted to fall asleep in his room alone. Since day one, he has always slept in his own crib/bed but I’ve pretty much always stayed in the room until he fell asleep. And I just never felt he was ready to comprehend me trying to explain sleep training.
In the past I’ve attempted to get him to go to sleep on his own, but he would fiercely push back on the matter, running down the hall after me within seconds of me leaving the room. After a couple tries, I would give up and end up laying down next to his bed like I had done so many times before. I finally decided it was time to put my foot down and tackle the problem.
Recently I have started to implement a new program from LaptopsandNaptimes.com that has been really helpful and I wanted to share it. It has helped my oldest become more comfortable with a routine and understand what is expected at bedtime. I HIGHLY recommend it if you have any issues putting your toddlers to bed. The author offers a lot of great information regarding sleep training as well as other parenting hacks. Within days my oldest has made huge improvements on his bedtime routine. I am honestly shocked! I felt like I would be staying in his room at bedtime for the next 5 years! So, if you get a chance, check out her site. And if you are as desperate as I was to get my child to bed on their own, be sure to check out her Ebook on sleep training toddlers.
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