Watching my son grow and evolve as he is now three has been a beautiful ride and also bitter sweet when encountering various milestones. Each phase is definitely an interesting process and the beauty of it all is that each parent may experience these phases in their child or children’s lives differently. I remember vividly posting about my cry for help back in February on the blog when my son Michael was experiencing some very frustrating bedtime woes. He was still taking a bottle to fall asleep, and one bottle led to two or three, and to top it off we were co-sleeping. It was just the two of us in my King bed, yet I always seemed to get pushed off to the opposite corner stuck on one forth of the bed. It was both an interesting yet difficult struggle for me, as I didn’t know how I was going to get him out of this night time bottle dependancy funk at the time. I made the decision to cut him off cold turkey from the bottle, and gradually it just worked and he stopped taking a bottle at night! It was such a great feeling of accomplishment when it finally became routine.
That was the first step to getting him to overcome his bedtime woes, and luckily with time, patience and persistence, we made it through. Next, I had high hopes on getting him to sleep in his own bed, in his own room! The difficulty with Michael growing up is that he never liked his crib. He would scream at the top of his lungs, crying non-stop as soon as he was ever so slightly picked up and moved in the direction of his crib, let alone being put down in his crib. At that point I figured, well, co-sleeping it is, for the convenience of getting him down so mommy could also get some sleep.
When I decided it was finally time to get him to sleep in his own bed I thought to myself, how the heck am I going to coerce my son into thinking that sleeping alone is fun and exciting, and that all the big boys and super heroes do it?! Just then I decided that I was going to entice him with a theme. Spiderman bedroom theme it was! He had me replaying the movie at least once a night during the week after daycare, and maybe five plus times on the weekends during our time spent at home for a course of three weeks straight so I figured this was the perfect opportunity to make something happen with this! Guess what? It worked! He was so intrigued at the thought of a Spiderman themed room and that Spiderman slept alone like a big boy too. This was a super exciting time for me just as it was for him. Finally some freedom in my King bed after putting him to sleep. All it took was a clever theme, a night time read, and a few bedtime stories to get him to sleep, and then I could gradually sneak my way out of his room and into mine. Yay! Spiderman for the win!
Do you have an exciting story you would like to share with us on overcoming any parenting woes you have faced? We would love to hear them.
To read my previous “Motherhood Monday: Bedtime Woes” article click HERE.