I am please to let you know that we have just put our little boy into a "big bed". I was so worried that he would get up and that he wouldn't go to sleep that I was a little hesitant in doing so. A few weeks before his 2nd birthday I started to tell him that he could lay on the lounge with me for 10 minutes & if he didin't go to sleep then he had to go to bed and fall asleep on his own. Very rarely did he actually just go to sleep so I would take him to his cot & stand him up in there asking for a big cuddle (over the side of the cot). While cuddling I asked him if he was tired - yes, did he want to have a sleep - yes/no; was he going to be a good boy and not cry - yes; then I would lay hium down & ask him to cuddle his pooh bear & tigger for me because they needed help going to sleep. I also asked if he wanted the light on or off but would tell him it was sleep time & we needed it to be dark to go to sleep. I gave him a kiss & said goodnight. It worked everytime!!! This gave me the cofidence to try the big bed knowing that if it didn't work I could always put him into the cot again. We made it all very exciting for him with a brand new Nemo quilt cover (he now calls it his Nemo bed). Before putting him in bed I gave him his 10 minutes with me & then took him & went through the same routine as when he was in the cot. He was asleep within 10minutes, stayed in bed all night, & when he woke up in the morning just called out "mummy!" & I went in to a smiling little boy sitting up in his new bed. I've had no drama about putting him to bed on his own at all since, he's fantastic!
Only one question, since daylight savings he wakes up an hour earlier regardless of whether he goes to bed early or late, my husband does afternoon shift & it would be a big help if he would sleep a little longer. What can we do?
Thank you so much for your advice and the help I got from It's Time To Sleep was great. I apply the "be prepared to do it 100 times" adivce to everything and it's definately been a big help.
Thanks again! CJ
CJ, SJ 3/03, AJ 11/05, PJ 4/08