When Your Child Is Old Enough To Be Sleeping Through The Night

All The Sleeping Mistakes I’ve Made with My Children…

I have three children, so I’ve made pretty much every mistake known to​ Mommies, except the fatal ones, as​ luckily, all three of​ mine are alive and well. But the biggest mistakes I’ve made have been in​ my daughter’s sleeping, or​ lack thereof, habits. So, let me tell you my story, and hopefully you won’t be destined to​ make the same mistakes I have.

First, when she was very tiny, I let her fall asleep in​ bed with my husband and me. I was nursing at​ first, and it​ was just easier to​ nurse her lying down and let her fall asleep. Then I would move her to​ her bassinet. Later in​ the night, when I nursed her again, sometimes I would fall asleep so quickly after nursing her, that I wouldn’t even move her back to​ the bassinet. She would just sleep with us for the rest of​ the night.

Later, when I had moved her into her crib in​ the nursery, I would still let her fall asleep in​ our bed first. I did this because I enjoyed it, it​ was convenient, and because she didn’t fall asleep easily in​ her room. And, I managed, in​ the process, to​ teach my daughter that she needed to​ be in​ the room with someone in​ order to​ fall asleep. So, guess what happened when she woke up in​ the middle of​ the night? She wanted to​ come back to​ our bed to​ fall asleep. And, worse, we gave in. Then we found that she was sometimes willing to​ go back to​ sleep in​ her bed if​ we gave her a​ cup of​ milk, so she began to​ require a​ cup of​ milk every morning at​ 3:00 am, long after she should have been sleeping through the night. She is​ now 2 ½ and only in​ the last month have we managed to​ go from 9:00 pm until 6:00am with our daughter in​ her own bed with no milk.

So, why didn’t I make any of​ these mistakes with the other children? Well, they were just different. They were sleepers, and my daughter is​ not. Both of​ my boys can fall asleep within five minutes of​ climbing in​ bed, and could sleep through and explosion. My six year old used to​ ask to​ take a​ nap. My daughter, on the other hand, doesn’t need as​ much sleep, and doesn’t sleep as​ soundly. So, I had more trouble getting her to​ sleep, and gave in​ to​ any tactic that worked. With the boys, all I had to​ do was put them in​ bed.

Now, I’ve told you this story to​ point out that we all make mistakes with our children, and to​ point out how important it​ is​ to​ start your child out with the right sleeping habits. I didn’t sleep through the night for almost 2 ½ years, and I have no one to​ blame but myself. So, take it​ from someone who has learned the hard way. Put your baby to​ sleep in​ her own bed, and teach her to​ fall asleep all by herself. You’ll be glad you did. And, you’ll be rested.

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