My husband even said last night "He has really understood when bedtime is, he laid straight down tonight whilst reading him his story". I did feel kind of smug, "Like yes he does go to bed well".
I finally got my head on my pillow after I finished another book I had been reading "City Girl" by The London Paper, when he wakes up. I go in and he is quite warm so opened up the window, gave Henry some water, and then put his radio back on.
He settles down. I finally got into snooze land and was made awake, but lucky my hubby went in this time, and was already with Henry trying to clear his nose with Calpol nose spray. This seemed to do the trick. So we settle down again. Takes a while but we both managed to get there, Once again I was in dreamland and was awaken again.
I checked his nappy, but I had changed it before so was fine. So I checked and he did feel a bit cold on the legs so put an extra top him, which I had to wrestle to get on him and then covered over his legs with a blanket. He again settled.
Don't be fooled sorry to those parents out there, thinking that they will eventually learn to settle. In my experience some nights he does but then there are those few nights that it becomes a challenge. That is when he is in bed I make the most of the time and think right lets get myself into bed. Forget EastEnders and Emmerdale, which I don't watch anyway but if you do then remember you can always watch on BBC iPlayer and ITV Hub. As I don't tend to watch that much TV anyway and like to settle down with a good book, then I will go to bed read my book and then settle down to sleep.
That is until I hear the familiar sound of my toddler crying. Solutions.
- Never good to rush in, listen to the sound the of the cry. You will soon learn the difference between if they just want you to go in so they know you are there, which you can do. Just pop your head in, no talking or eye contact. Or if they are in pain or wanting a drink or nappy change. Do give these, Henry has water and again we ask him if he wants a drink and offer the cup, but we don't play or talk too much to him.
- It is good to hint that bedtime is coming up by having the same pattern each night. Visits by family, holidays and days out can disrupt the routine sometimes, but you can still do a few things to lead up to bedtime still by playing music, dinner, story and then getting them dressed for bed.
- Leave a good gap between dinner and bedtime. Henry has his dinner between 5pm to 6pm, and we take him up for 6:30pm for story and then he will settle about 7 to 7:30pm. We always give him enough time about half an hour to an hour before we take him up so his food can digest.
So I am going to get dressed and give my son his breakfast.
Have a good week everyone.
Many thanks for reading,