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Getting your toddler out of your bed.

Ah, the joys of co-sleeping. Sure you may think that you get more shut-eye by having them in bed with you, but is it true. I mean how comfortable could it be having a three-year-old kicking you in the ribs all the time? So how do we get them off to their bed and gain ours back?

Well, first you must ask yourself if it is truly the right time to start the transmission? If you have something else going on like a vacation, new baby, new pet or potty training happening it is probably not the best time to start.

 

Once you find the best time frame to start, be sure to keep along with your bedtime routine. Bath, book, teeth bed, make sure it stays consistent. Now comes the hard part, laying them in their own bed. Having a bed in your room while may seem like an easier transition to make is not recommended, those little feet will crawl into your bed faster than you can fall asleep. Key is putting them in their bed.

 

Letting them cry it out is an “old” method that many moms, including myself, just can’t handle. Instead, I would recommend pre-prepping the toddler for bedtime. Explaining several times throughout the day that only mom and dad sleep in that room.

Another form is laying with them in their bed until they fall asleep. Sure it may seem like a futile effort since the point is not sleeping with them, but you can sneak away once they fall asleep. The reality is they will wake up at some point and either cry or sneak off into your bed, here is the hard part, you have to stick to putting them in their bed.

 

Did they start crying? Comfort them, remind them your bed is only for mommy and daddy. If that is not alone enough lay with them until asleep once again and then leave. Did they sneak into your bed? Without making a fuss quietly walk them back to their bed and employ the methods above.

 

At the end of the day, maybe one of these methods will work for you. Perhaps you will need to try all, and the key is patience and persistence. Be sure that you don’t give in and let them back into the bed, and it may cause confusion in the child and make it harder to have them in their own beds.

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Teething 

I always heard horrors  about babies and teething. Honestly I was petrified of that stage, so much so that I was ok with the fact that my then 8 month old had not gotten one tooth. Now thats not to say he wasnt drooling up a storm. 

When the time for teeth came (he was almost 9 months and of course it happened during a trip to Disney World) the signs were there. 

  1. Extreame drooling. I promise youll notice the difference. 
  2. Fussiness to go to sleep. 
  3. Fussiness while feeding. He is breastfed and would unlatch constantly and whine. 
  4. Desperately trying to scratch his gums. 

Now for us thankfully we skipped the fever symptom up until tooth number 7&8. Yes they both came together. As a matter of fact, his teeth #2,3&4 all came within a 5 day span. To say caffeine and patience were really needed is an understatement. 

Some things that helped us. 

  1. Oragel. Or any numbing cream. Now I personally am not a big fan of using this but some nights the poor guy just needed it. 
  2. Cold washcloth. By cold I mean, I wet it and put it in a ziplock in the freezer for 5 minutes. He had fun chewing on it for a while. 
  3. Teething rings. These with the ridges are good because if the tooth is at the surface it could help break the skin faster. 
  4. Bristle gum cleaner brush. He would just sit there and let me massage his gums with this. 

Now I know some of these things dont work for all, and there are many more ways to deal with teething babies. This is just what worked for us. 

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