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The Toddler Sleep Chronicles

Listen. I’m tired.

By nature I am a bit of an insomniac and in a nice quiet room I can function off of 3-4 peaceful hours of sleep. Please note I said peaceful.

Initially we embraced co-sleeping until it became violent as depicted here. The violence wasn’t getting any better so I started placing her in her own bed at night. Yet, like clockwork somewhere between the hours of 12a-1:30a she will sleep “drunk” walk  her way into our room. Sometimes she even detours to the kitchen, grabs a bottle of cold juice and will hurl it on the bed while yelling ” I shirsty”

Can you imagine a cold bottle of Simply Lemonade touching your leg in the middle of a good sleep. You don’t want to. Trust me.

So we know she had issues with staying in the bed early on

but when is this madness going to stop. I am likely to walk her back and forth at least 3 times a night. I’m over it, and sometimes I just let her stay and then I get NO sleep.

I came across the “baby sleep positions” on The Chic Stay at Home Mom, I then went to look it up and found a variety of the sleep positions that keep me away from my peaceful sleep. I just want it to end.

Sometimes you have to laugh to keep from crying!

All images came from How to Be a Dad

I'm ALWAYS the one wearing the scarf

Ours is a variation. She instead nuzzles her head in the crook of my back and slowly moves it side to side. He sleeps peacefully

ACCURATE

Pretty accurate except he is all the way on the bed. She would be found a little more to the right and my entire leg would be hanging off

I'm the one on the couch. He sleeps peacefully

Again..I am him and he is me.

Does your child sleep in their own bed? How did you make that happen? Sharing is caring.

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20 Comments

  • Reply
    Teems
    September 13, 2012 at 12:22 pm

    Yes this is hilarious. Check her out. No fear. lol
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    Krissy
    September 13, 2012 at 12:40 pm

    yep. Been in her own space from jump. I never wanted her to get used to sleeping in the bed with me and then have to figure out a way to stop it. When she went from that pack n play to her toddler bed at 15 months she loved it and she really loves sleeping in her big girl bed. Everything with her is about being a big girl these days lol

    I seems like its starting to get harder to continue so I say start putting her in her own bed and make her stay there. When she gets up, take her back, maybe stay until she falls back to sleep. I’ll pray for your sanity lol
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    Christina
    September 13, 2012 at 12:44 pm

    Izzy is in her own bed, but she always has been, even from a newborn.she was never into cosleeping, I guess we breathe too loud or something, cause she would only sleep through the night if she wasn’t in our room at all! Once she moved to a toddler bed and could get in and out on her own, we put one of those child proofing things on the inside of her doorknob so she would stay in her room. This was after she scared the crap out of me one night, waking me up with a blanket covering her head. She almost got hit, cause I didn’t know what was going on, lmbo!
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    Brandyne
    September 13, 2012 at 1:04 pm

    Aww I feel so bad for you! Ezra slept with us until he was about 4 months old. It just started getting a little uncomfortable because I’m a bed hog and so is he LOL. But we’ve never had any real sleep issues with him. he’s that baby that you can put to bed, and even if he isn’t fully sleepy yet, he’ll just lie there and sing himself a song or talk until he falls asleep. He started sleeping through the night at 2 months. I wish I could give more advice, but we’ve been lucky so far!
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    Kim
    September 13, 2012 at 2:07 pm

    I know about all these. The kick to the face is the worse. I’m usually the one who is kicked out of the bed. Did I mention I have a king size bed? Shouldn’t that be big enough? Well I realize that the size of the bed don’t matter. I should just have a twin because that how much room we take up on the bed at times with 4 of us in the bed. It’s just crazy over here at bed time. Did I also mention my daughter is 4 and refuse to sleep alone? I tried everything. It’s my fault I know. When I had her I was so paranoid about her sleeping alone even though I put the crib in my room. I couldn’t sleep and checked on her every few minutes. I could only sleep when she was in bed with me. And now I’m paying for it because the only way I can sleep is if she’s not in the room with me but she keeps coming in. Crazy.
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    Kita
    September 13, 2012 at 2:20 pm

    Lol we kept their bed in our bedroom for about a year and when they turned 3 we transitioned them to their room since they were use to their bed. No problems for us with that method. Good luck

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    Quiana
    September 13, 2012 at 2:21 pm

    Those cartoons are hilarious! Nia sleeping in her own bed was a process since switching to a toddler bed. Lots and lots of patience returning her to her bed with kicks and screams for up to an hour at a time before she finally realized she has to stay in her bed. What’s really helped in the past month was the pillow pet with nighlight stars that she’s completely in love with. She now looks forward to getting into her bed and will turn the light off herself so she can count her stars (that was DH’s idea – the equivalent of her counting sheep and she drifts right off!). She does wake up in the night to pee which we don’t mind and prefer to the nightly bed-wetting she was doing while we were working on potty training. As long as she starts off in her bed and can stay there for several hours we don’t mind her coming into bed with us in the wee hours of the morning/post-potty break.
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    YUMMommy
    September 13, 2012 at 4:55 pm

    We finally moved Moo to her own bed last night. It’s still in our room though because she said she wasn’t ready to sleep alone in her room yet. Maybe, putting a little toddler bed beside your bed would help. That way she gets the comfort of being close to you all but you get the peaceful 3-4 hours of sleep without waking up to a round house kick.
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    Jenni
    September 13, 2012 at 5:15 pm

    We’ve also been having sleep issues for the last few months. Recently, they have been getting better. We’ve gotten out of the habit of rocking to sleep and he now will fall asleep in his toddler bed by himself. We still have to lay next to him or be near him, but he doesn’t need the rocking motion and will even willingly get in the bed. He still wakes up at least once during the night. If it’s before 5am, we put him back to sleep in his own bed. If it’s after, we’ll usually let him come in our room, because we will all be waking up soon anyway.
    We’re going on vacation this week and I’m worried about setbacks. Usually we get a room with a king sized bed for the three of us. This time we will have a two bedroom condo. I’m being in his own room will help us stay on track. Good luck to you!
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    Mrs. Pancakes
    September 14, 2012 at 9:52 am

    Lol!!! We are trying so hard to keep little man in his crib!! To prevent the above photos from happening in our home!!

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    LaShawn
    September 14, 2012 at 3:49 pm

    ROFL! Pookah has always had his own bed. The problem was/is him staying in it! I say the majority of the time, he sleeps ALL night in his bed. But sometimes, we have variations of all of the above in our bed. And I got the hit with the roundhouse kick one night!
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    Troy
    September 14, 2012 at 11:13 pm

    No advice to share just sharing my story. I get about 6 hours of sleep most nights which is good in parent world, right? However, in a previous life, I could sleep 10 – 12 hours so I walk around foggy a lot of the day.

    V slept in her own room and bed from day one. Also, her door and our door is closed and she can’t operate the knobs yet. She doesn’t climb out of bed instead she cries out when she’s awake. When she wakes up around 5:30, I’ve gotten into the habit of trying to nurse her back to sleep in our bed. It doesn’t work so well these days so for the next hour or 2 she does the neck scarf and grabs at, fondles, and generally molest my breasts (still nursing) while I try to sleep in. Never cuddles up to Daddy….
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    Tia
    September 15, 2012 at 9:23 am

    Ahhhhh, this has been my life since we’ve been moving!!!! Last night I swear she was doing the running man on my back, LOL! I am dying for that furniture to get delivered next week!!!!
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    KalleyC
    September 17, 2012 at 10:30 am

    hahaha, so very funny. I know all about the positions. Think I’ve been through them all. You’re right, you have to laugh at the situation sometimes instead of crying.
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    Amber
    September 18, 2012 at 6:26 pm

    Bless your heart! *kneels in prayer*

    We’ve never done co-sleeping. It’s enough for us to have her crib in our room, which is by circumstance, not by choice. Once we move I am a little worried that she’ll have issues sleeping in her own bed, but I guess we’ll cross that bridge when we come to it. Have you talked to A about it? The reoccurring theme seems to be that he sleeps peacefully and you don’t. What’s his take on it?
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    Jehancancook
    October 10, 2012 at 10:00 pm

    Lol, my son sleeps in his crib but its in our room. He sleeps through the night but around 730ish I will bring him into bed with me for an hour nap. He naps and I hang on the the end of my king sized bed so yes I can totally relate lol.

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      Mimi
      October 11, 2012 at 9:26 am

      Girlll!! I am always hanging off the edge. Sometimes it gets so bad that I just line pillows up on the edge and go sleep on the couch. I’ll be glad when she is in her bed for good!

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