I haven't visited MDC in a long time, but I came back for help. My 4.5 year old DD just doesn't sleep through the night. I cuddle her to sleep in her bed in her room, but around 1am every night she wakes up, and then comes to our bed for the rest of the night.
I usually spend about 15 - 30 min cuddling her to sleep.. I'm okay with that for now, but would like to eventually get to the point where I can read her a story and say good night... I'm not sure how to make a transition to that?? Anyone BTDT?? Advice?? Will it EVER happen like that?? lol Anyhow, that's for the future..
Right now, I'd just like to help her sleep in her bed through the night. My plan as of now, is to just try comforting her back to sleep in her bed. It will be harder for me for a while, but if we could get our bed back at least 1/2 the time, it would be worth it. LOL Any advice?? Please!!
I guess I need reassurance that this is the right thing to do. My DD is very attached, and I find it hard to draw the right lines.. My friend keeps telling me she'll never learn how to "self-sooth" and fall asleep on her own, and I admit it does make me worried about doing the right thing. My daughter also still loves for me to help her get dressed, put her shoes on and all... I worry that my good intentions are making her too dependent on me. I have to say, I wouldn't call her clingy or insecure, but she can be a little shy. IDK - I just don't want to be that parent of an 8 year old who still can't/won't put on their own shoes. I was hoping that one day she'd want to be a "big girl" and WANT to do that stuff on her own, but she hasn't gotten there yet.
Sorry about the long post... Thanks for reading! Any response will be appreciated!!