Until She was Two
I know that having your child sleep with you is something that the professionals discourage but if you have one of those babies that will not sleep unless you are holding them, it is a definite option.
My second child was very difficult to put down to sleep. She would wake up and start screaming as soon as I set her down. In order to put her down she would have to be asleep and then I would have to turn vibrate on the bouncy seat and slowly lower her into it. I would keep my chest against her’s for a minute or two and slowly rise up. (Holding my breath, hoping she wouldn’t wake up and start screaming.) This worked for a little while but then she got too big for the bouncy seat. People told me to just let her cry and she would eventually go to sleep. Well, after 3 hours of all out screaming I decided that wasn’t going to work for us. In order to get some sleep the only option was to have her sleep with me. She slept soundly and only woke up to be fed and then quickly went back to sleep. This allowed me to get some much needed sleep and it also worked out well for nursing too. She ended up sleeping with us until she was 2 years old.
To get her into her own bed I started out by laying with her for a while until she fell asleep. The next step was sitting by the side of her bed until she fell asleep. From there I took steps of sitting at the end of her bed and eventually to the doorway, until she fell asleep. It did take a little while but I could eventually just give her kisses and a few minutes of cuddle time and she could go to sleep without me in sight.
Through each of these steps she would still wake up during the night and come to sleep with me. When she was just about five she started sleeping through the night in her own bed. I praised her each time she was a “big girl” and slept in her bed all night.
Some may think this sounds absolutely crazy but as many of us know sometimes it just comes down to “You have to do, what you have to do to get some sleep.” Just remember they won’t always want to be that close to you. It really is just a short period of time, even though it may not feel like it at that specific time.
Guest Post Submitted by Lisa, NY