Each night, we read the story to our 3-year-old, gave her hugs, kisses and wished her good night. But she managed to wake up: I am hungry, I miss you, I had a bad dream. Can I sleep next to you? It was easy for my husband and I (already sleep deprived) to turn down the sheet and let our little monkey climb in our bed. It was easier than getting up and putting her back to bed, we thought. Bad decision!!! Really really bad. It’s the next morning, after a night getting pushed off to the edge of the bed that we say to each other: we should stop this!! But we could not help it and stop it!!
One day, tired as we were, my mother asked to keep my 3-year-old for the night at her house. We enjoyed a full night sleep that this time we decided to make things change.
When the next night our 3-year-old tried to climb in our bed, we put her back and stayed her with the bed for a while. We did that for few days. It was still hard on us but at least, when we got back to our bed, we had few hours of good sleep.
We looked into her room and we thought that maybe her bed size was not appropriate. We recently moved her from her crib to a twin bed and noticed that she woke up earlier at night frightened. We thought maybe the bed size frightened her: she could get in easily. We searched for better transition beds and since she loved princesses, we got her a transition bed that we thought she will love sleeping in it!! She loved the idea.
We tried to make her room more attractive and we let her choose some themes, decorations to put. She was so excited. She felt like a grown up and enjoyed her room.
Each night, when reading the story and preparing for the night sleep, we clearly mentioned to her that from now on, she must sleep in her bed as a grown up. There was no exception. That’s the rule and she had to stick to it.
We also asked her to go to the bathroom just before bed time so to avoid waking up and urging for bathroom in the middle of the night.
We were less weak on the whining and crying. When she woke up crying, we got her back into her bed and reminded her of the rule.
It was really hard on us and took us of lot of courage and time to get her to sleep in her bed, but it finally worked. And you? Did you go through this? How did you manage?