Just go to SLEEEEP already!
May 1, 2012 10:35 AM Subscribe
How can I get my toddler to go to sleep on his own after spoiling him like I have?
posted by daydreamer to human relations (26 answers total) 8 users marked this as a favorite
My toddler (28 months old to be exact) is spoiled when it comes to his bedtime routine. Obviously it's all my fault for keeping the same routine since he was itty bitty. I get him a sippy cup of milk, get his favorite blanket and I rock him to sleep while I watch TV, then I put him in his crib (he's still in a crib since he hasn't tried to climb out of it yet). Well, I've finally started to realize that he's too old for that and sometimes it takes up to an hour for him to fall asleep, or he'll fall asleep and then wake up when I put him in the crib, and then I have to rock him some more until he falls back asleep, ugh! So it can sometimes be very time consuming. I tried a new routine last night...bath, cup of milk, brush teeth, read book, hugs and kisses, bed. Of course he cried and screamed bloody murder and would not even lay down. I took him out after one minute. Tonight I'm going to let him cry for 2 minutes and increase it every night. Sort of like the newborn sleep training method. Does this sound like it would work? Also, any other ideas? Thanks!