Mommy Going Crazy

July 23, 2006

Why don’t you just go to bed!?!

Filed under: ages and stages,children,parenting — by mommygoingcrazy @ 9:44 am

J-boy has a pretty basic bed time routine, we read a story, sing a song, talk about his day and then tuck him in.  Then either The Husband or myself lay in his room for anywhere from a half hour to 2 hours to get him to stay in bed and sleep.  This has been going on for 2 years.  If we do not lay in there with him he won’t settle down to sleep and it could take 4 or 5 hours for him to go to sleep.  Basically he would just pass out from exhaustion.  This would happen no matter what we did during the day. 

I don’t want to jump the gun here but I think we are making a little head way in getting J-boy to go to bed at night.  The other night he told The Husband “No daddy lay [in] my room, sleep by myself.”  The Husband read the story, sang the songs, talked about the day, tucked him in and then left the room.  When The Husband  first checked on him, he was playing quietly, the next time he was in bed reading a book.  The last time The Husband checked on J-boy, he was a sleep.  It only took 20 minutes.  It was a small miracle.  His ability to put himself to bed the other night was just plain exciting. 

I hope it happens again and becomes the norm not the shocking exception.  Once we get J-boy going to bed easily next comes Princess Girl who plays until she falls asleep usually behind her door.  I want her bed trained before she can open child locks and Baby Boy is out of his crib.  Piece of cake, right?

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1 Comment »

  1. We went through similar issues with our children. I bet you could make use of the (literally) best parenting tip my wife and I ever received. You can read about it in The Five-Minute Drill. It might save you hours of sleep some night – it certainly did for us.

    Comment by Andrew McAllister Ph.D. — August 2, 2006 @ 8:18 pm |Reply


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