HELP! My 4 year old son has always been a terrible sleeper. I ignorantly thought he would grow out of it
I started back at work full time last year and my hubby works nights, so I often gave in and after an hour of hysterical crying and let my son sleep on our floor. This has now formed a habit. Every single night at some point he will end up in with us. Sometimes if I am lucky, I will get him to fall asleep in his own bed (usually with lots of argument) but then he is in with us by 1am at latest.
I have tried bribery, a reward chart, CIO (which I can't cope with), putting him back in without talking to him, sleeping on his floor, letting him watch a movie, sticking to a routine - just about everything! I am at a loss. To make matters even more complicated, we have just bought a house where the master room is downstairs and he will be upstairs alone....I am freaking out! I am sure it would be pretty daunting being upstairs alone anyway let alone when he doesn't even sleep in his own bed now and we are right next door. We have tried to talk it up and make it sound exciting and he is saying he will sleep upstairs and is excited, but I believe it will be a different story when we actually move in. We can't afford the $600 whatever dollars for a sleep consultant but I need him sleeping in his own bed! He starts school next year and this can't go on, he needs a full nights sleep and so do we! ANY advice or experience would be greatly appreciated! Thanks so much