Tuesday, 8 May 2007

The joys of the big boy bed

Nugget decided recently that he has had enough of the cot. We know this because he started to climb out of it at every sleep. Day and night. While secretly I was quite proud of his mountaineering feats, The Geege and I decided that, rather than risk a 2am fall flat on his face, we would introduce him to the 'big boy bed". We have been ready for this moment for a little while now (and I had hoped it would come soon because baby Doo Dah has really outgrown his bassinet).

We were given cousin AJ's old bed which we set up in Nugget's room around about the time of his birthday. The Geege and I had been telling Nugget that he would be going to the big boy bed when he turned two. Nugget liked reading stories in the bed before getting in (and out!) of the cot for sleep. At this time he also started to use a pillow in the cot. Nugget took well to the pillow and even started to keep his blankets on. Unfortunately, the transition to the bed has not gone as smoothly....

The first two nights he got in and out of the bed umpteen times until he fell asleep on the floor at about 10pm. The next couple of nights, The Geege and I took it in turns to stay in the room with him until he fell asleep. Then we went back to him getting in and out randomly throughout the night. He is waking all throughout the night. He is back requesting company for sleeping (and getting it sometimes when we are too tired to resist anymore). The day sleeps have been non-existent too. The kid is a machine! How can he be surviving on so little sleep? I watched him falling asleep the other night after a full day of play and no daytime sleep. He had long blinks for more than an hour before he finally succumbed to the z's. He is able to resist sleep better than anyone I have ever seen.

Daycare suggested I try a reward chart (I thought he was too young for such a strategy - he only seems to respond to bribes in other aspects of his life e.g. "Eat your dinner or there will be no Wiggles"), so yesterday I set up a sticker chart with matchbox cars as rewards and the ultimate goal being a new train for his Thomas collection. The chart is pretty damn cool (even if I do say so myself). He loved looking at the snake chart. He loved looking in the box of cars to see what is available. He loved looking at the train. He was able to recite the rules to his Dad upon his return from work. But did he stay in the bed? Nope. Today's day sleep has been no better. This parenting thing is so frustrating at times. If they weren't so damned cute...

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