So, I need advice.
Little Man has been an excellent sleeper in his crib since he was about nine months old. As long as his naps and bedtimes were surrounded by the usual routine, he never fought it.
Since around 16 months, bedtime has consisted of a bath, lotion & massage, pj’s, goodnight kisses to daddy and pets, turn on the nightlight and sound machine, quiet nursing time, laying him down in his crib, saying a little prayer with him, telling him how much I love him, giving him a kiss, and saying goodnight. He also always has his favorite blanket, travel sleep sheep, and water along with a few other stuffed animals and other blankets in the crib with him. The routine, since nine months, has always ended with a quiet exit, barring illness or a rough day. That is, until about two months ago.
I am not sure exactly when it started, but it’s been at least two months. It may have even started around the time I found out about the pregnancy. I carry out the same routine, but at the end, when I try to let go of his tiny hand to make my exit, he stands up and throws a fit.
How have I been handling this? I leave the room quickly and run to the monitor where I sooth him through the talk feature and tell him it’s bedtime. For the first month, this method worked wonders within seconds. Now suddenly, I’m talking to him for five minutes before he gives in and goes to sleep.
I don’t understand why he has been happy to take his naps and go to bed in his crib and in his own room up until now. Why suddenly can’t he let me out of his site? Is this a common, age related phase? Or, is it hormonal now that I’m pregnant? Is there something I’m missing?
I’m all for bed sharing, but I’m tentative to go there now. We did up until he was about 4-6 months old. We practiced the family bed until it wasn’t working for us anymore mostly because he was overheating and not sleeping. I’m practically a furnace when I sleep and it’s worse now that I’m pregnant. Even in just his diaper, he was a sweaty mess next to me. That, and I toss and turn a lot more these days.
I would love any advice on how to make bedtime less of a struggle.