Okay, finally, I'm going to type up this post. I've mentioned in previous entries, but in case you forgot...
With Ant starting his new work schedule in July we thought it would be best to transition Harry back to his own bed. We knew trying to put him back in the crib wouldn't work, so I change the crib to a toddler bed. I even bought Harry an adorable chevron pillow case (my first Etsy purchase, believe it or not) to make it more of a "big boy" bed.
To get Harry ready for the transition I blocked off the crib for a few weeks. Since he started cosleeping we would still put him in the crib on occasion. It was the perfect spot during the day when I had to use the bathroom or put laundry away. While he hated the crib at night he was fine for a short period during the day- as long as he had a few toys to keep him occupied. We blocked it off so when he was in the toddler bed it'd be a totally new experience for him.
The first night of the transition went a lot smoother than I anticipated. He's used to falling asleep with Ant so I stayed next to him while he fell asleep. After about 10 minutes he realized he wasn't going to sleep in the other room and started to cry. It didn't last long but he kept trying to get out of bed. It took him an hour and a half to fall asleep, but he did it!
He woke up that night a few hours later and refused to go back to sleep in his bed, so I put him in ours. Baby steps.
The following 4 weeks were similar. It took him at least 45 minutes to fall asleep and he would always wake up expecting to sleep in the big bed. He did manage to sleep all night in his bed 3 times. One night around 2am he came in to our bedroom and I pulled him on to the bed. I jokingly said that he should go back to his own bed. Well, he didn't think that was a joke and rushed back to his room and slept there for the remainder of the night, haha! I tried that trick again and it didn't work.
When Ant switched to his new schedule Harry would wake up right along with Ant. He must have been able to hear the alarm go off.
So, after 4 weeks we decided to give up the toddler bed.
It just clearly wasn't working. I feel bad pushing it on him when he wasn't ready, but I honestly thought it would be for the best. You live and learn, right? We're a little cramped in the bed, but it's not too bad. And surprisingly, Harry sleeps through the early morning alarm most days. No idea when Harry will start sleeping in his own bed for real, but I'm not going to push it. He likes sleeping with us and we like having him.
I doubt he'll be in our bed when he starts kindergarten, but if he is, that's fine too.
- Anyone else cosleep with their toddlers?
- If they're older, did they decide to move to their bed on their own?