Ive blogged before about bedtime with Ollie, its frankly exhausting, Ollie has been going to sleep far too late and by the time he does sleep there has always been tears, tantrums and lots of shouting (all him, i promise) which is a terrible way to end the day.
With school approaching fast I’ve been concentrating on preparing Ollie as much as possible, and establishing a calm bedtime routine (as well as getting him to sleep in his own bed) is a very big part of that.
Getting him into his own bed is proving to be tricky, so for now we’ve struck a deal, two nights in his bed, then one night in mine.
Ollie doesn’t love the nights he has to sleep in his bed, but he knows we have a deal, and it helps eliminate the crying and pleading at bedtime.
Although school hasn’t started yet we are already following the evening schedule from our chart…
Its been 3 nights so far, and all 3 have been a success.
Its been a bit fraught for me, remembering to give Ollie his melatonin at 8:30 on the dot, because its a busy time for me, and being ready to get him up to bed for 9 on the dot is a challenge, but its really important that I stick to the times because it works really well for Ollie when he has a rigid plan, and the dashing about to make things happen on time is totally worth it.
At 9 we have been reading in bed, either Ollie reads or I read his book to him, then we have a quick chat because Ollie wouldn’t be Ollie if he didn’t have a deep and meaningful question or two before bed, then at half past nine we turn the light off.
And Ollie falls asleep, happy peaceful and relaxed.
Tonight he even asked for lights out two minutes early.
So I haven’t got him sleeping in his own bed every night yet but falling asleep at 9:30 is a massive improvement on raging and crying till midnight.
And I’m sure that once the bedtime routine is fully established it will be much easier to deal with sleeping in his bed.
Im going to start practicing the morning routine as well now so Heres hoping it goes as well as the evening one.