It was about a month that T slept with us. It started with him not wanting to go to his crib at bedtime. At first I thought it was because when he was sick we let him sleep with us. But when he got better, he didn’t want to go back.
We gave in, let him fall asleep in our bed and move him to his crib afterwards. But the transfer never worked.
We would try everything….letting him cry it out. Ferberize him. Nothing.
T is just over 2 years old. He has always been a good sleeper. And hubs and I could not figure out what was going on.
We thought that maybe it was time for a big boy bed, but wasn’t he too young? We didn’t make the transition for our oldest son until he was two and a half. Shouldn’t we do the same for T??
All I knew was that we needed to do something because I couldn’t take it anymore. A whole month of not sleeping because you know, when you sleep with a toddler, you don’t sleep.
We remembered that we have a mattress in our storage room so we decided to do a little test. We told T that he was getting his own big boy bed and he was so excited! We brought it upstairs and before we could even get his crib out of his room, he plopped himself on the bed.
I was so happy! This was going to be great! He was going to love his new bed and we would finally get some sleep.
Finally his room was set up, bed was made and it was time to put it all to the test.
And it worked. T had no issue going to sleep in his room. We could breathe a sigh of relief. We had the answer. No more crib. The transition worked. It was all about putting him in a bed. He wouldn’t need mommy anymore and he would sleep in his own room. Right? WRONG.
After only a few hours of sleep and me already asleep cozy in my own bed, T cried out. Oh no. It was happening again. I went to him and he just wanted me to lay down with him.
So down I went and shushed him back to sleep. But what happened? I fell asleep. I ended up sleeping with him the entire night.
It wasn’t so bad…it was comfortable, I had space,I wasn’t kicked or shoved all night, and, he even woke up at a record time of 7:30am. Not bad at all.
Except what I didn’t realize was that I started a theme. He cries, he leaves his room, I put him back to bed, I lie down, I fall asleep.
And now, he won’t let me leave. He won’t sleep alone! He wakes every night! Unless I put a lock on his door so he can’t get out, I don’t know what to do!
So, the transition was a semi success. But the transition is still in transition.
And now I just have to figure out a way to get back to my bed! Suggestions are welcome. *yawn*