Friday, August 28, 2009
wow, i can't remember the last time i actually asked for advice on my blog, though i used to do it all the time when tristan was a screaming banshee baby. the advice i need this time pertains to tristan again...well, he's my first, so i suppose it makes sense that i'd need more advice for him since i've never had a 2 1/2 year old before.
he has been getting out of his bed during naps and bedtime for about the last month or so. he doesn't do it every time, but pretty close. the other night we found him at the top of the stairs at 9:30pm! (his bedtime is usually at 7:30, but he had been put to bed a little past 8 that evening). i had read in a book that a good way to discourage this behavior is to take away a stuffed animal every time he gets out of bed. tristan used to sleep with about 5 teddy bears, so at first it didn't seem to make much of a difference to him. soon, however he realized that he could quite easily be sleeping in bed without a single cuddly toy! for awhile, that did the trick, but lately he's been getting out and basically handing us his teddy bear, knowing that's what the consequence is.
as annoying as it is, my main concern is that his naps are starting to happen later and later in the day, which results in him not being as tired for bedtime, which just makes the entire problem that much worse. i'm also not a fan of letting my child cry himself to sleep, so i'm really not interested in using a consequence like spanking.
if any of you have experienced this, please comment away! i'd love to hear what worked for you.