So, does your kid sleep through the night? What about getting them into bed, how does that go?
Us? Well I used to be able to set my watch by Oliver’s bed time. Every night he’d wake up at 3am, and resettle after a feed.
This was how it was from the time he was six weeks until he hit two years.
And then, he’d sleep all night. From 7pm to 7am. Straight to bed and straight asleep. No worries.
I was pretty bloody happy about it. And yes, I told all my friends about it. The good sleeper at the party, I thought the sleepless nights were something in our past.
Boy, was I wrong.
He stopped going to bed on his own. Then he started begging for 2-3 milks per night, so most nights he’d leak through his nappy and end up in our bed.
Then he just started sleeping in our bed.
How quickly my bright eyes were replaced with deep bags, and my bragging rights were replaced with complaints.
Oh, how I miss the days on the easy bedtime routine!
It’s only gotten worse in the past two years of sleepless nights, and it really puts a huge strain on each of us.
Three days ago, we decided it had to change. It’s not the first time we’ve decided this, but this time it has to work,
So, we decided to use a tried and true method: bribery.
I went down the street and purchased a whole heap of knock off ‘MySpace’ Lego (pretty sure they’re minecraft characters but it’s okay Ollie can’t read yet!) and told Oliver if he sleeps in his own bed each night, he gets a new toy.
So far, we haven’t given him any.
BUT, for the past 3 nights Oliver has fallen asleep in his own bed at 7pm. Wowsers. And, although he made his way into our bed each night, this morning he slept in until 6:30am.
That sure beats the 10pm-4am we’ve been running on recently.
Three nights of actually spending time with my husband. Three nights of sleep. Three days of a well slept child.
Oh gosh, I hope this lasts.
How do your kids sleep? And how dies that affect your life?