If you have been following our sleep journey with Emma, you will know she is not one for sleep. It has been a 4 year long struggle, we win some battles but the war is still waging. At the moment we are what is described as co-sleepers! I managed to get 3 kids sleeping through and in their own bed without ever co-sleeping. I am not a huge fan of co-sleeping, I am not against it for YOU but for ME it just doesn’t work. But here we are, co-sleeping like all the other sleep deprived, aching joint co-sleeping parents out there.
We have tried so many things over the past 2 years to get her to sleep in her own bed. We have bribed, begged, yelled, cried and more. I have tried offering her toys, chocolate, sweets, visits to somewhere she likes -NOTHING.
I want to actually pause here for a moment and ask you guys how you deal with an older child who refuses to get into and stay in their bed?
Letting them cry it out (if you are a fan) doesn’t work because they can physically climb out of their bed and all that happens (well in our home anyway) is she comes downstairs and cries there.
Smacking her is futile. Not that we have tried but think about it for a moment. Smack her and then what? She just climbs back out of bed!
Closing the door? Nope I am not really going to lock my kid in her room to get her to sleep. That sounds a little like child abuse actually.
Star charts bombed with her.
So what else do you do? This is a serious question.
All that said we may have found a solution which I may be jinxing by sharing.
I went out on Monday night which meant David was on bedtime duty. Emma was happy to sleep in her bed provided Cameron lay with her. She fell asleep in her own bed and stayed there. She did give Cameron a bit of a run around but she did fall asleep. Last night she was happy again to go to sleep in her bed, but Cameron did have to lie with her again. But this time he left before she was asleep and she stayed in her own bed and slept most of the night there!
I have no idea if this is a permanent solution or if she is going to find her way back into my bed again but for now I am enjoying not having to go to bed at 19h00 every night.
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