Bedtime Crying

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Registered: 06-29-2011
Bedtime Crying
Wed, 06-29-2011 - 10:41pm

My youngest son will be 2 in July, his bed has always been in my room, and when he wakes up at night I put him in bed with me. I've tried since he was born to break him of sleeping w/ me, but he just cries and does not give up. I could put him to bed around 9:30pm and he'd go to sleep on his own, but for a week now when I put him

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Registered: 04-08-2008
Thu, 06-30-2011 - 12:23pm
I completely understand your need for "me" time! The evening is when I get mine too and it would just be exhausting to have that taken away.

Honestly, I think this may be a hard habit to break. Once they get used to something, it can be so very difficult to change. Does he have his own room or another room you could put his bed? I'm wondering if it would help to make a clean break and just make him sleep in his own room and bed. It can (and probably will) be a rough transition, but I think it is one you'll be thankful for in the long run. Maybe you can have him pick out some new bedding or a new stuffed animal to sleep with to help get him excited about sleeping in his own room without you. It sounds like the screaming may be rough for him so I'd suggest checking on him frequently so that he knows your still there and he is safe. Hopefully after a few nights of this, he'll kick the habit. It'll probably be harder on you than on him... always is!

Anyway, that's what I suggest. I hope you find a solution that works for you and your family. Keep us posted!

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Registered: 11-16-2007
Sat, 07-02-2011 - 10:41pm
Maybe you could try simple stuff, like leaving the door cracked, putting a night-light in, giving a cup of water in bed, letting him sleep with an extra stuffed animal or book, etc.
My guess is that it is just a phase that hopefully will disappear for you. GL

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