We waited 12 long months (painfully long) to get a good night’s sleep. It took Miles that long to sleep through the night. He was a tiny guy so for the first six months even if he wanted to sleep through the night the doctors and lactation consultants recommended I wake up to eat a few times.
And even once Miles’ weight had hit a less worrisome level, he was set on that up every few hours schedule. Out of the blue around a year he thankfully started sleeping through the nights, and so did we!
From that point on bedtime was a breeze. The routine looked a little like this: bath (every other night), lavender lotion and “baby massage,” comfy “jam-jams,” a book, some snuggles and a little bit of milk. Then I would lay him in his crib, he would look up and smile and we’d say, “Love ya” to each other and he would roll over to go to sleep between 7 and 7:30 p.m. and stay there until 6:30 a.m.
That was it. Horror stories of wrestling with kids to go to sleep were foreign to me. Like his father, my kid loved to sleep. Naps went similarly; and even after one there were many times he would still take two of them every day.
All that has changed. And I miss sleep!
When we transitioned out of the crib to the big boy bed (out of necessity after my little escape artist monkey started climbing out of the crib and Pack-n-Play) sleep has become hard to come by at our house.
We struggle to get him to fall asleep/stay in his bed until 8 or 9 p.m. and then he’s up a couple of times a night.
I’m so tired that about 30 minutes into me finally laying down on the couch I’m asleep (before 10 p.m. last night).
These restless nights remind me of the days of a newborn and I think to myself, am I too old to go through all this again? But then I look at my little munchkin (in this case it was his goofy little grin at 3:45 a.m.) and realize I would do whatever it takes to have another one of these little goofballs in my life.
What’s been your best toddler sleep trick? What am I missing here? How did you survive these sleeping woes?