My 23 month old DD forced our hand to convert her to a toddler bed (well, it's her crib with the front railing down and a guard) by climbing out of her crib at will. We're 1 1/2 weeks into the process and feel like we're drowning in exhaustion and wonder if it will ever get any better.
Our current issues:
1. She is still so young that we can't just tell her "lay in bed and go to sleep" like one could with an older two year old or three year old. She knows she needs to lay down but can't really control her desires to not be in the bed.
2. Her naps went from 2-3 hours to 1/2 - 1 hour.
3. She used to sleep through the night, now she is up 2-3 times a night. She gets out of her bed and runs crying at the gate, waits for us to come out and put her back to bed. She won't go back to bed on her own yet, we've tried... for 3 hours at a pop.
4. In order to actually be able to get her down we have to sit next to her bed until she is sound asleep. This process can take sometimes up to 2 hours! I'm 7 months pregnant. Can't keep doing this.
5. She used to sleep from 8pm until 8 or 9 am. Consistently. Now she wakes up no later than 7am, usually more like 6 - 6:30 am.
All of these changes happened in one day. I seriously kid you not.
Some additional info: we stopped breastfeeding at 15 month which was perfect for her and me, she doesnt have a "lovey" or anything nor does she understand the concept of one, she still uses a binky and I am perfectly happy about that, her bedtime routine is solid, consistent and appropriate, we will not let her sleep in our room (except on an as-needed basis) and I -think- she may be starting second molars.
So, can you all tell me your stories about this transition, particularly those of you who had to transition a younger child. How did you do it? When will we be able to stop having to sit with her until she's asleep an hour+ later? How long until they "get it" and we can start to hold her more accountable for falling asleep on her own? When do they stop getting up in the middle of the night like this? When will nap time be easy?
We're so tired. Plus I'm a working mother who used to be able to get all my work done during nap time and from 8pm (her bedtime) till 10pm (our bedtime). All of that has gone away so I am struggling to get ANY time to do anything, much less be 7 months pregnant and just relax.