One night a few weeks ago, my daughter had a rough night sleeping. In the middle of our sleepy stupor, my husband and I simply took her to our bed.
I don’t care if you co-sleep. I know it’s a “mommy wars” issue. I don’t care. Do what you want. You’ve gotta do you. But I, personally cannot sleep with a toddler. I’ve tried several times. And unless it’s only me and the toddler in a gigantic King-sized bed, I will not get any sleep.
The next night, (remember, no sleep equals crazy tired…), she said, “Oh, I think I’m going to sleep in your room tonight.”
For whatever reason, which I don’t recall, we didn’t put up a fight. We simply put huge chair cushions on the floor (they are more like a mattress than cushions), and she slept on those.
The next night we told her she had to sleep in her room. She was ok with her room for about four nights in a row. Then we did the cushion thing again. That particular night we had already settled into bed and we were watching an episode of Daredevil on Netflix (so good! if you haven’t watched it yet you should check it out!) It can get rather violent. Anyhow, right as the credits rolled, my sweet little girl popped her head into our room. We had had our door open and I have no idea how long she had been standing there!! Ugh! #parentfail
That was a few weeks ago.
The next night, my girl informed me she was going to sleep in our room. I said “no, not tonight.” We did a bit of back and forth, then she said, “I think I’d like the cats to sleep with me.”
What a brilliant idea!! We’ve asked her here and there if she wanted to sleep with them and it was always a no. But since it was her idea, she was excited.My adorable cat, Ladybird, was happy to comply. I checked on her a bit after the cat settled in. My girl was reading to her. It was waaaaay past her bedtime, but it was too sweet not to smile (and, of course take a picture.) Now my daughter loves sleeping with the cat. And why wouldn’t she? The cat keeps her company, and “protects” her. And my husband and I can binge watch our violent show as late as we want (we never make it more than two episodes.)
It has been several weeks since she started sleeping with the kitty and she has slept in our room maybe twice. I’m happy with that!
Unfortunately, my cat doesn’t always like the extra love and attention my darling girl wants to give her so sometimes she leaves.
The other night I checked on them and the cat was nowhere to be found. My girl said, “I’m giving Lady a timeout because she scratched me on purpose!” The poor cat was in the closet! When I found her, she was sleeping happily on a pile of toys. I had a talk with my little girl and I hopefully made it clear that we don’t lock anyone or anything in the closet…ever.
As far as sleeping in her own room, I think we have it down-for the most part…
Now if I can only get her to stop looking out her window into the backyard at night, I think we’ll be good. (I don’t even do that-its too creepy!)
Do your kids happily sleep in their rooms? Or do they try to join you? If so, what has worked for you?