Christmas and New Year was fun times for us, but it did bring some challenges in the teething, illness, sleeping and behaviour department. It’s made me realise that there are three things I need to change this month for our 21 month old girl.
- Get control of the dummy back. The dummy has only ever been a car and sleep thing. But the teething made it a most of the day thing. Now, the wails for it start up at every little upset. It’s amazing how quickly this has happened. So, we’re gradually taking back control with the usual distraction methods and introducing other soothing things, such as soft toys.
- Get rid of the night milk. Tibbs’ sleep has never been really ideal. She always goes down fine but it’s a rare night that she doesn’t wake up. Usually, we settle her with cuddles and strokes. But, again, with the sickness and the teething, milk at 4am has crept back in too. Probably every other night she ends up having her morning milk in the early hours and going back to sleep. I find this a lot less tiring and upsetting than getting up for the day at 4am. But I feel weak and lazy for doing it, and need to change. I also need to stop giving her milk when she won’t nap at lunchtime.
- Get rid of the bottle. I get some pretty crushing responses to the fact she still has her milk in a bottle at 21 months. Apparently I should’ve switched to a cup/beaker almost a year ago. My only reason for not doing so is that I struggle to get mass volumes of liquid down her out of any cup or beaker, so I’ve been worrying that she won’t drink her milk and therefore won’t sleep. So I need to bite the bullet and just get on with it.
So, basically, I’ve got a lot of fault correction to do! Wish me luck!