I wondered if anyone had any advice for me? Tibbs has always been the sort of child that goes to sleep first time. She has a big track record of early waking, but this new phase is puzzling and a bit stressful so I’m looking for advice.
Tibbs is two and a half.
Basically, I put her down after stories, cuddles and singing, and instead of drifting off, she slowly starts to cry for me. The only way to settle her into relaxation is to ‘lie on the floor’, which she asks us to do. Being on an exercise kick as I am, I often change into my workout clothes before I put her to bed and then do my crunches and floor workout in her room as she goes to sleep. She doesn’t seem to mind my puffing and panting, she just wants someone in the room.
We have a Gro Clock and we make a big deal of the sun going down and the stars coming out. We’ve also tried, not very successfully, letting her ‘cry it out’. She becomes absolutely enraged, throws everything, including her dummy, out of the cot, and shouts for us. A couple of times, the end point has been settling her in our bed, where the dog keeps her company and we move her back to her cot when she falls asleep, or putting her in her ReadyBed beside our bed to sleep.
As she’s on the small side, we’ve not felt the need to take the sides off her cot yet and have her in a sleeping bag and light pyjamas.
Has anyone else experienced this, and what have you done to solve this phase?