We are back to reading the Sleep Fairy book by Janie Peterson. This was a great tool to use when Din was two to get him to sleep the whole night. The book talks about Macy the Sleep Fairy who comes when you lay in bed quietly, don’t ask for another drink or another story. “Stay in your bed and the Sleep Fairy will place a gift beneath your head.”
Now that Din is showing interest in sleeping in his big boy bed, I have brought the Sleep Fairy back as well. Din really wants to sleep in his bed but isn’t completely there yet and wants the comfort of his mom and dad which is how it has been for all his life.
We take things slow in our home, there isn’t any rush to get him to sleep in his own bed. Just like potty training, I figured it would take a long time and although encouraged him to go potty, never pushed. We praised and awarded and by 2 and a half years old he was done with diapers even at night! Our goal to start is to get him to fall asleep in his bed. We started a couple of weeks ago and it is off and on. Some nights, he wants to sleep in his own bed and other nights in ours. Either is fine – it’s his choice.
Last night he says to me very excitedly as he climbed into bed “Someday I’m going to be a Big Boy, Mommy and sleep in my bed all night!” He then asked me to read the book to him. She won’t come if you don’t read the book. Afterward, he rolled over and went to sleep. He had awoken about 3 hours later and asked to come into our bed. Funny thing is, he really wanted to stay in his own bed but just couldn’t do it. We are very proud our little guy getting to be such a big boy.