The toddler was a terrible sleeper from the day he was born. He used to fight naps and bedtime, only nurse to sleep, only sleep in our arms or snuggled up next to one of us and only sleep for two hour stretches. Luckily, his sleeping habits began to change after we night weaned him at 15 months and began helping him learn to sleep alone in a bed for naps at about 12 months.
After he night-weaned (which was highly successful!!!), sleeping around this joint became existent and wonderful again. He mostly sleeps through the night in his bed every night now, and he sleeps 1.5 hours for naps in his own bed daily. That's wonderful, and I cannot even begin to sing the praises of this relatively new way of sleep for him and a return to feeling well rested for me.
But now bedtime routines are getting a little, well, tiresome. Whereas he used to snuggle down in his own bed in a matter of 15 minutes after we changed his clothes, read his Bible and prayed, he's now milking the snuggling to sleep out to about an hour. Tonight he had me in there for an hour and 15 minutes before I had to ask John to step in and snuggle him to sleep.
So here are a few questions for those of you who have used gentle-parenting methods regarding sleeping:
*Am I expecting too much of him at two years old to be able to lull himself to sleep in his own bed after we've read, prayed and snuggled for 10 minutes or so?
*What methods do or have you used to help your child learn to put himself to sleep? (like, how do you help them to NOT run out of their room crying to "snuggle mommy" ten seconds after leaving?)
*How many nights did it take to help your little one learn how to soothe himself to sleep?
Please, flood me with your comments. I cannot promise I will commit to trying anything soon, but I would like to start mulling this over before the new babe arrives and I'm completely inundated with sleep deprivation and issues.
As always, I will update with what worked for us after we see some positive results!