Hi all my DS is 2yrs and 9 months, for as long as I can remember he always self settled, except for a brief time around 7-9 months.
But NOW he keeps on jumping out of bed, crying for me, making up excuses and now saying "I need my mummy" and asking me to stay. So it looks like I have no choice but to stay until he falls asleep.
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06-06-2012 20:03 #51
06-06-2012 20:38 #52
I am a big fan of whatever works!!
For us bedtime has a whole ritual attached to it: stories in my bed, then she lies in her bed, I sing her a bedtime song while patting her and give her a kiss goodnight, we call daddy in for a kiss and that's it. Zzzzz
06-06-2012 21:19 #53
Used to.. Not anymore, he grew out of the need to have us there with him. We are huge advocates for co sleeping and bed sharing though :-)
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06-06-2012 22:59 #54
No, if I stayed in the room my 21 month old would never get to sleep he'd just want to play. Sometimes I wish he needed me to help him get to sleep haha!! I just give him a kiss and cuddle and put him in his cot with his teddy and blanket and walk out, he goes straight to sleep everynight.
07-06-2012 06:07 #55Senior Member
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DD used to self settle but now she can open her door and come out I stay and pat until she is sleeping.
07-06-2012 09:25 #56
My almost 3 year old sleeps with me most nights or sleeps out on the couch while I watch tv.
07-06-2012 09:44 #57Senior Member
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Most times for about the first 6 months DD would have a bottle/boob then go to sleep. Half the time she didn't even know she was getting fresh jocks or being wrapped up. Once in her cot in her own room if she wasn't already asleep it would only take 5 minutes. I'd check on her after 15.
Between 6-12 months I started out bedtime routine when she started rubbing her eyes etc. By this time late arvo and bedtimes were the only times she was having milk and going to sleep. Unless sick she has always self settled beautifully with that I was blessed.
I've never been comfortable with her sleeping with me so up until she was 2yo I always settled her in her own cot as she can be a restless wriggly sleeper just like mummy and when she was in my bed would keep me awake. At 3yo she occasionally comes and gets in my bed in the middle of the night and I don't even realize til morning!!
Dd2 is 5 weeks away and is going to sleep in a bassinet in my room to start with then she will share a room with big sister. I plan to teacher self settling etc but each baby is different.
07-06-2012 09:55 #58
Yes, either DF or I will sit in her room with her until she falls asleep. DD is 2.5.
Up until a few months ago, DD would happily go to sleep on her own, once we'd read her a story etc, but then we had a big storm one evening and it freaked her out, so she's needed us there with her for reassurance. Our bedtime routine now is bath, pjs on, quiet reading in the lounge room, then off to bed. We read her some nursery rhymes (she loves them!) and then kiss goodnight and then we go and sit by the door, quietly until she falls asleep. Over the last few weeks or so, we have gradually moved away from sitting next to the bed, to sitting by the door. The next step is to sit out of the room, just behind the door, so she knows we are still there, but she's not ready for that yet. She still needs us there. It's a long (but very gentle) process, but eventually she will feel comfortable going to sleep on her own again.
14-06-2012 00:42 #59
Cr!ap, Since I started sitting with DS he now wakes at 1am / 4am wanting me to sit with him until he falls back asleep. He is almost 3yrs and I have a 4m old. I'm about to lose my marbles.
Any suggestions, he seems to have become sooo clingy lately.
14-06-2012 04:32 #60
Adding, our DD is more clingy since her brother came along as well. I just try to make sure she gets what she wants (cuddle wise) I think she just wants to make sure she still has a place on my knee, she just wants to be loved.. I try to include her in everything, she sits on one side while I feed DS on the other. It seems to keep her happy.
Last edited by Melzey; 14-06-2012 at 04:36.
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