I am in need of some toddler bedtime advice. My 22 month old son, formerly known as “The Boy who LOVES to Sleep”, is suffering from terrible night-time separation anxiety. He’s having trouble parting with me at night, to go to sleep.
For the last few nights, when I put him down per our normal bedtime routine, he starts whimpering immediately. If I pick him up and rock with him, an action I’d done previously with great success, he’ll fall asleep, but awaken crying the very moment I place him bak in the crib – no matter how careful I am.
Currently, we are coming in his room in intervals (right now about 20 min) to comfort him with a hug, pat on the back, and remind him it’s time to go to sleep – staying for no longer than one minute. I’ve ensured his nap is no more than 1-2 hours, and ends no later than 3 o’clock – so that he’s tired at bedtime.
But, he is unrelenting. My husband says our daughter did the same thing -and I’m sure she did – I just don’t remember what we did to help her through this. Ah, the power of hindsight, I suppose. Oh, wait. I *do* remember. It involved laying next to her crib pretending to fall asleep until she actually did fall asleep. That plan didn’t work, because she would just stand in her crib and try to toss things on us, from her limited selection of things to toss from her crib. (This was NOT my idea, just for the record!)
Any advice? What would you do? It’s 10 o’clock, and he’s crying/calling out “I’m done, mommy. I’m done.” (meaning, he’s done sleeping and wants to get up)
I’ve scoured the books, but would love to also hear form some real parents who’ve been down this road. Thanks y’all!Keep on saving! :o)
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