Valerie - posted on 04/30/2012 ( 11 moms have responded )
SLEEP TRAINING a "SPIRITED" TWO YEAR OLD:
Our daughter turns two this Friday and has had some sleep issues since a double ear infection (2x) in December 2011. Since February she needs me to sit in her room with her until she falls asleep and wakes 1x in night for a bottle then goes into bed with me. HELP. I have baby #2 coming in July and I really want my daughter to be able to sleep on her own and get back to sleep in the night without me. We have used Ferber method many times before but since she started jumping out of her crib in January, we have stayed in the room. I am worried that moving her to toddler bed (which we must do for safety), ending co-sleeping in the night and the bottle, AND making her cry it out ala Ferber (and gate at door of room) is a lot for a babe to deal with. I think I am more worried about the cry it out method and how she will react (she is so much older and aware now). She is spirited, strong-willed and emotional. I will remove all in her room that is dangerous but still know she will try to tear it up or possibly act out by hurting herself. I have tried the chair by the bed but never actually got to the point of moving it out of the room...I assume she will react in the same way once I am gone. If anyone has tried this method I am curious what happens once they cannot see you. We also need to get my hubby back in the routine...it's been mommy only for a while now.
Any advice is greatly appreciated. Thank you! Signed, One tired mama