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Kids and Sleep

I felt the need to speak out on this one because it seems to be a hot button topic this week on our site.  We always talk about our picky eaters here, what about our picky sleepers?  I have a 5 – year old girl who used to come into our bed every night when she was in her twos and we would be so dead asleep that we wouldn’t even notice.  When she turned three, I sat her down and said to her, “you are too old for this.  No more coming into Mommy’s bed.”  And believe it or not, it worked.  Ah, girls.

Now my son, who is 3 1/2, has decided to start coming into our room in the middle of the night.  He never did this until now.  But it is clear to me why he is coming in-he was potty trained about 6 months ago and for a long time I kept him in a pull up at night.  Then I decided to get rid of it because I figured he had to learn to lose it at some point.  So now that he has no diaper on, he has to get up to go to the bathroom in the night so he won’t wet his bed.  Of course, I consider this a good thing-that he actually gets up to get me to take him to the bathroom rather than wetting his bed.  However, it means I get up at least once a night, and sometimes he would rather come snuggle with me afterwards.

I try to be firm with him and return him promptly to his bed.  But we all know, that it doesn’t always work.  If he is sick or had a bad dream, I tend to let him cuddle a little.  However, I know that the best thing for him is to just put him right back to bed and he always feels better waking up in his own bed.

What do you guys do?

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