Bedtime has never been an issue at our house with Olivia until recently. Our bedtime routine includes a book, a sippy cup of milk and I would rock her until she was just about asleep then I’d put her in her crib and she would sleep all night. Easy. It’s been this way since we overcame our initial sleep problems.

She has gotten to the point where she doesn’t want to be rocked, which is more of a heartache for me than her, but she wants to lay on the floor and go to sleep. We all need our sleep so we let her lay on the floor and when she went to sleep we would move her to her crib and she would sleep all night (we would have to be in the room with her as she drifts off). Now she doesn’t want to be in her crib AT ALL. She will wail the most blood curdling wail you have ever heard if you even get her near the crib and Heaven help if she wakes up in there during the night. If that happens, there is no going back to sleep – for any of us. We’ve tried letting her sleep on the floor on a pallet of blankets but if she wakes up in her room alone it’s the same wailing. Crying it out isn’t an option for us with this because she cries so hard she makes herself sick and hoarse and I simply cannot sleep on the floor every night and there isn’t enough room for another bed.

She’s a lousy bed partner and I really don’t want to co-sleep with her. She tosses, flails, turns and loves, loves, loves to shove her feet into your back.

We’ve talked about taking the front off her crib and making the toddler bed for her to see if that will work but we honestly don’t think she’s ready for that yet. She doesn’t understand that she is to stay in bed, etc. There is nothing in her room that could harm her if she did get up but I don’t want to give her an invitation to destroy her room and not sleep.

Some of you BTDT folks, please share your wisdom. At this point we’re willing to try most anything.

Thanks.

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