5 Rules Every Parent Needs to Survive Sleeptraining Your Toddler
Toddlers & Teens
We recently ditched our son’s crib and moved him into a “big boy bed!” and we were excited for him to have his own bed. Naturally, our thoughts were that he would get swept away into dreamland and wake up refreshed from a full night’s sleep in a spacious new bed. The rug is being pulled from underneath us on a nightly basis.
This is yet again an episode of the adventures in parenting that no one can prepare you for. The new sense of freedom our son has in actuality is very different from what we expected. Looking at it from his perspective, he is no longer caged in for an entire night. Our toddler can now choose to climb out of bed on his terms. What were we thinking?! He walks around the house by himself with no supervision. If he gets hungry he grabs a fruit pouch from the fridge. He plays with a truck in the hallway and then gets into our bed for the remainder of the night’s rest. Talk about scary!
We literally chase after our little man all day and now, all night. Guess who wins? I know we are suckers and secretly love having our toddler sleeping in our bed, but our intention is to let him understand and appreciate the quality of having his own space and sleeping in his own bed. But what do we do when he isn’t ready for that? Are we totally back-pedalling with all of the hours sacrificed with tears and screams during sleep training him? Does he know he can basically get whatever he wants with us now? Of course when we feel his little feet pressing against our legs and his body squeezing into the space between mommy and daddy we put him back to bed. And then two seconds later he is back in our bed. Press repeat a couple more times and then finally, we give in. Our toddler has defeated us… Time to pull out our sleep training toddler books!