There used to be a time when I would say, "Micah is such a great sleeper. We rock, read stories, lie him down and that's the end of it - he goes right to sleep!" Before you hate, this was usually preceded by something like, "Micah is extremely busy. He never sits still when he's awake for more than 5 minutes, but..." and then the 'great sleeper' stuff.
Then we moved. And all was lost.
He had such a hard time transitioning to the new house that we did the following to try and help:
1. Let him pick out his room. Then switched.
2. Bought all new bedding that he picked out.
3. Bought new nightlights and more new blankets.
4. Changed his bed from a crib to a toddler bed.
5. Put him to sleep by lying on the floor next to his bed until he falls asleep.
Number five is starting to make us insane. We want our night time back. Number 5 takes up to an hour - unless you fall asleep and then the whole night is gone! We've been in the new house almost 2 months and think it's time to change Number 5. We're planning on starting tonight. But we have no idea what to do. Do we start by 'sleeping' outside of his door? Do we give him 15 minutes by his bed and then leave? What? Help? Please?
PS - Sorry that's blurry - phone pic. (Not an iphone, obviously)
PSS - We don't co-sleep full time but he does come into our bed some time in the middle of the night. That's fine - I even like it. What we want is for him to fall asleep on his own again. Just to be clear about the help I need. :)
PSSS - We have been talking to him all weekend about how tonight Mom and Dad will not be staying in his room while he falls asleep. We've made sure he's aware that tonight is a big change. Okay, that is the last PS - promise.