Our son is still sleeping in our bed and, though I love him dearly, I'm really getting sick of our sleeping arrangements. One wouldn't think that a three-foot toddler would be all that troublesome, right? Wrong!
For starters, he will not actually fall asleep until the entire family is in the bed. I might add that I do not sleep early - ever. That means that he does not go to bed early enough - ever. A toddler who doesn't get enough sleep is probably the most unpleasant person on the planet.
He also doesn't stay put when he sleeps and he is prone to moving around. That might not sound so bad, but his arms and legs flail about all night long. All. Night. Long. Getting kicked in the head by an errant foot is a joy that I never expected to come with motherhood.
Worst of all, he sleeps right between his parents. This means that snuggling with my husband is impossible because we have a 25-pound toddler hogging prime snuggle space on our bed. And, well, anything that snuggling leads to is out the window for obvious reasons.
I know it sounds like we're totally inept, but we have tried EVERYTHING to get him to go to sleep in his own bed. Sometimes we even move him from our bed to his bed and that works. . .until he wakes and crawls up in our bed. Sadly, that is what we've had the most success doing. At this rate, I'll never conceive that second child we've been trying for these last 18-months!
So, co-sleeping parents, I need a little advice. How did you transition your co-sleeping child to their own bed and how long did it take? I don't want to traumatize my son, so also let me know how your child felt about the change. Also, um, how did you manage to do it while co-sleeping? As in it. Did you just do it on the couch? The car? The floor?
I know that his clingy-ness is surely a temporary phase, but it's really getting old fast.