You may have read from my earlier post that I was able to get all three of my children to sleep fairly soundly from an early age. This does not, however mean that my children’s sleep has always been trouble free… no, far from it.
Miss E will be 5 in July and she would love to still have her daytime naps, given half the chance in the car, off she falls to sleep. At 7 or 7.30pm when her head hits the pillow she snoozes away and her night waking is minimal, just when she is ill or at the moment she seems to wake and cry very quietly that she needs the toilet.
Miss M would scream and cry so much that she would physically make herself sick from about the age of 8 months. This tried my patience immensely and consistency was the thing that won the battle. Only when she would calm and stop crying would I come over to the cot to give her a little stroke or pat and talk gently to her. Never did I pick her up during this and believe me that was hard, I am not a complete ice maiden. When she was sick I would be very matter of fact in changing the cot, cleaning her up and then placing her back in there. She never got rewarded with cuddles for causing such a fuss.
Being scared of the dark and quiet
Once moved to a bed: Continuously getting out
We could have used a bed guard but for some reason it just did not fit on Miss M’s bed nicely. After trying to talk Miss M into staying in bed and offering rewards the one thing that I found worked was to promise her more cuddles if she stayed quiet and in bed for a bit. I took to cleaning upstairs once the girls were in bed; as long as Miss M could hear me pottering around she seemed to be happy. At first I left her a couple of minutes between cuddles and then 5 minutes and then 10 minutes etc. It did take months to get her to successfully fall off to sleep on her own and in minimal time but it came with lots of consistency and hard work from dh and I.
As an older toddler, talking and playing at bedtime
Night time waking screaming her head off
Yep, it certainly has not been stress free with Miss M. Despite how difficult she can be, I do adore her. She is a little replica of me as a child, strong willed and very clever. Do wish me luck as she grows up and tries us even further.