You might remember back in August I wrote about our bedtime routine. If you have missed it or need to catch up on how our routine was back then you can do this here.
I have been thinking about re-writing another post about our current bedtime routine to get your opinion/advice and help.
In my previous post Matthew has been getting a bedtime bottle still. We got rid of it shortly after so he has been without it for around 4-5 months. He has absolutely no interest in it anymore which is good. Instead around 7pm he normally gets something small like a biscuit or a breadstick.
Unfortunately we are still rocking him to sleep. This is getting so difficult now though as he is nearly at the point of me not being able to lift him anymore. Daddy has been the lucky one of rocking him to sleep since November. He was really sick then and his whole routine turned around. Since then he can wake up anytime at night wanting to come into our bed. This was ok until now but with Chloe’s arrival this is nearly impossible now because it means when daddy is away for work I need to get him and put him in with me but Chloe is a very active baby at night and could cry for a while. Tonight is actually the first test to see if it will wake Matthew or not. Once he is in bed with us though he sleeps until the morning no problem. I’d like him to go back into his old routine though.
We have not moved Matthew into a big boy bed yet. He seems quite happy in his cot bed still and hasn’t tried climbing out of it yet. Yet I am thinking everyday will it make it easier if he is going to be in a big bed and will he fall asleep on his own…
I have read many different stories from other mums how they are struggling but also how they have successfully turned their toddler around to get him to falls asleep in his own bed rather than sleeping in parents bed or rocking him to sleep. One solution was “controlled crying”. I know for sure that this will definitely not work on Matthew. He is going into this state of crying where he starts coughing non stop and it triggers his throat and he gets a sore throat. I am hoping there is other methods out there.
So over to you… what advice can you give me to get my 29 months old toddler to fall asleep in his own bed every night? I would really appreciate it.