Naomi - posted on 04/15/2010 ( 5 moms have responded )
We transitioned our son from a crib to a twin bed about one month ago. We started out having to leave his door open because he just wouldn't sleep with the door shut. That ended when he started wandering too much, so we ended up letting him cry it out. It took about two nights and he goes down without a problem.
The big issue is his wake-up times--from both naps and bedtime. When he was in his crib, he would sleep in the mornings until 7-7:30am. Naps would be 1.5-2 hours (sometimes longer). Now, he doesn't nap nearly as well and he wakes up anywhere from 6-6:30am. Behavior issues during the day have increased as well. When he decides he's ready to be up from his nap or bedtime, he runs to his door and stands. He bangs on the door, screams, and stomps his feet. We've told him that his wake-up time is 7am and that we'll come in and get him when his clock says 7. We've told him that he's welcome to play quietly with toys or look at his books until 7. We are currently trying to implement sleep rules and then give him a sticker on a behavior chart, with a reward once he collects five stickers for following the sleep rules (the most important of which is no tantrums in the mornings).
I'm at the end of my rope with this. We have a new baby due at the end of April, and I can't keep dealing with his on-going tantrums when he gets up every morning. It's creating a ton of extra stress that I'm just not handling emotionally all that well.
My husband is adamantly opposed to setting his crib back up, but I wonder if that is the best option. Then we can try again in a few months to transition him when he might be more ready to make the switch.
Has anyone else been in this situation? What to do? How do you cope?