Sleeping Crazies

This is a great example of why  I call my parenting style eclectic mothering: nothing works forever. Although sharing a family bed was a great sleeping arrangement for us six months ago, we’re since taken a turn for the Big Boy bed.

Now, there are two feuding methods in the parenting world: the Ferbers and the Co-sleepers. They pretty much hate one another. We gave the crib a shot in the beginning, but co-sleeping family bed style worked better. Darling hubby actually starting sleeping through the night since there was no great caterwauling from the baby to wake him up. (Hey, having a well rested hubby is imperative. Somebody needs to remain sane.)  Around 16 months, our big butter ball baby started taking up a lot more space, kicking and turning flips in the bed throughout the night. Most mornings dear hubby would wake up with feet in his face and I’d wake up with a toddler’s head in my boobs.

After reading Elizabeth Pantley’s book The No-Cry Sleep Solution, which emphasizes the importance of a calm, pleasant bedtime routine, our son successfully starting sleeping through the night in his own bed.

Until sometime last week.

Now he won’t go to sleep without a fight, typically wakes up the second the parent on bedtime duty tries to leave the room, and even if he does go to sleep, he’s up screaming bloody murder by midnight. Yikes. I’ve got several possible theories as to why he’s so out of sorts:

1. Maybe hes getting more teeth and its driving him crazy at night.

2. Maybe the big age 2 milestone is rearing its ugly head in forms of separation anxiety.

3. Maybe he’s worried about the approaching arrival of a new baby (yes, I believe that he is aware and even suspicious of how his life is about to change).

What I need is some real live mommy advice. Whats the best way to help my  tyke overcome  this hump? Any other thoughts on what could be bothering him?


3 thoughts on “Sleeping Crazies

  1. Taryn says:

    That sucks that your little one is having sleep issues. Maybe the novelty of his own bed has worn off and he needs some extra comforting? I’m certainly no expert, but what about taking a few steps back and then slowly moving forward again?
    Sleep is such a tricky issue, if only they could talk and tell us what they needed!
    Good luck!

  2. NCMom says:

    This may not be feasible for you to do but here is what we did 22 years ago. Our “nursery” was our former guest room so already had a full size bed in it. We did the co-sleeping thing for 6 months. At 6 months, baby moved to his crib but mom & dad were still there in the room sleeping in the regular bed. After a few months of that, mom & dad moved back to their own room. I guess you could say it was an extra step in the transition process. It worked for us. I am puzzled by the fact that your little one initially had no problem with sleeping on his own and then developed a problem with it. Good Luck!

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