Still Crying It Out at 2

Cynthia Dermody

baby sleeping in swing

Photo by Kairi.08

For me, sleeping is one of life's greatest pleasures. Almost better than chocolate. So I just can't understand why anyone would refuse to do it -- even a toddler. My kids are good sleepers, now. But it wasn't that long ago that I was in the same boat as Lylah M. Alphonse, a blogger, who is still trying a "cry it out" approach for her 2-year-old who refuses to go to bed quietly.

"I grit my teeth and count to 10, again and again, willing myself to wait five more minutes before capitulating. I know he is safe and warm and full and dry. I know that he is tired, and needs to sleep. I force myself to work, wondering where that line is between cuddling and coddling, between soothing and spoiling, and whether Iā€™m anywhere near it."

My daughter's bedtime routine used to go at least an hour every night. First she'd need a fifth drink of water, followed by a trip to the potty. Then she'd run through a litany of toys that I was required to search, retrieve, and place in her bed before she would even try to close her eyes. My little manipulator! I'm down to about 15 minutes from tuck in to doze off  -- and I'll take it!

What about your little sleepyheads?


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