DS1 is 6.5. He's always been the type who needed a lot of snuggling to sleep as a baby/toddler. He was doing great with the routine we ended up with recently, with dh doing a story with him in the master bedroom, me doing story with ds2 in the boys' bedroom, then he would SNEAK IN QUIETLY to his bed and wait for me to be done with ds2, so I could do a nice bedtime hug, etc, with him.
Well..... the last couple weeks/months he is back to making all kinds of deliberate noises when he comes in the room. Stomping in, clapping randomly!, shuffling the sheets really loud, while ds2 is trying to fall asleep. (ds2 is 4 and actually goes to sleep fast, he closes his eyes and tries to sleep!)
Then, after the longish goodnight (which is never long enough) he gets out of bed, comes to the top of the stairs with some reason, sometimes 3 or 4 times... it's too hot, it's too cold, it's too light, it's too dark, I'm not falling asleep,....etc.
So far I've been dealing with the noise by sending him out of the room when he makes noise (and more recently I'm telling him not to come in until I get him, and the getting out of bed, I say a quick sentence nicely, and tell him to get back to bed. DH thinks he needs more "negative consequences"..... that doesn't sound like what he needs at bedtime for a restful night....... but what do I do?