Teddy has always been a night owl. He frequently wakes in the night and will often be in our bed before morning. I do enjoy my morning snuggles with him- especially now I’m off work but it is tough.
I tried different sleeping strategies but hadn’t found one I got on with. I even tried the cry out one but gave up very quickly as both me and Teddy ended up crying! So we kept him in with us longer than lots of people would. It was getting to the point that Teddy would start off in our bed and we were properly co-sleeping. Phil (my husband) often ended up at the bottom of the bed because Teddy likes to sleep in a starfish fashion. We kept saying we will change it when he turned one, then when I was on half term and so on. We ‘sleep trained’ a dozen times but in the end gave up.
Then came the day when we had him in the cot for most of the night. Result. He wasn’t in his own room but he was in his own bed and that was something. Then Teddy broke the cot. He had started trying to climb out, throwing himself around and stamping.
So when he was 15 months, we bought him a toddler bed. Phil chose a fancy Thomas the Tank one and Teddy loved it. We kept it in our room for one week to monitor Teddy in case he fell out etc. He didn’t. Then we moved him into his own room and the little monster started to sleep. I mean actually sleep. Like he would go down at 8am, wake at 12 for a drink then sleep until 5am. No training. No fuss. Just a ridiculous bed and a new environment. He goes to his bed when I say bedtime now and sits and waits for his book. Three blissful weeks then the teeth came…
I’m not kidding. Every single tooth seems to be coming through at once. Now every hour he wakes up needing to be resettled and yes…. often ends up in our bed. The second baby is due in November and at this rate I think we will end up with two in the bed.
It is strange how little sleep humans actually need. I used to get 7-8 hours sleep (undisturbed). Now I get about 4-5 broken hours and am alive still. I can’t even drink copious amounts of coffee at the moment.