Hi moms and dads out there, I thought i'd start a thread to tell you what we did to get our 24 MO DD to finally transition to her toddler bed, and hopefully some others out there can add to this to help those going through it.
BACKGROUND: My DD was weaned at 15 months, slept through the night perfectly from 13 months till 23 months. At 23 months she figured out how to climb out of her crib and started waking up 4-5 times a night. Just like that. All in one night. We had to take off the side of her crib ala toddler bed. For the next 1.5 months we went through living heck. She wouldnt stay put in bed, woke up a million times a night, ditched her nap, etc. We also had to take her binky away during this time since she chewed through it. 23 MO is way too young to have to transition, IMHO, so we had a really bad upward battle.
WHAT WORKED FOR US: Two weeks ago we decided we were being too "loosey goosey" on how we thought we were fixing the problem. We did this, tried that, didnt really stick to anything. We decided to take a stand and be consistent. Here is the stand we took:
NIGHT ONE: My husband put her to bed, she jumped out, he put her back in without a word, she jumped out, he put her back. She did this over a hundred times in a three hour span (he counted). She screamed bloody murder the entire time. She fell asleep, exhausted, finally. He was a mess. Truly one of the hardest things he had done, he said. She slept through the night.
NIGHT TWO: Rinse and repeat, took 1 hour. Slept through the night.
NIGHT THREE: Rinse and repeat, took only 15 minutes. Slept through the night.
NIGHT FOUR: Rinse and repeat, took 5 minutes. Slept through the night.
NIGHT FIVE AND BEYOND: She and he go to her bed, she climbs in, he puts the cover on her, she says night night daddy, love you, he says night night, leaves the room, closes the door and she is asleep through the night from 7:30pm till 6:30am.
This process worked SO well for us. We were SO dead to the world with the 1.5 months that we futzed around not knowing what to do. I cried daily, I was SO fatigued (I'm pregnant) it was a very bad homelife. Now things are wonderful (for the time being at least ;)
Wanted to share our story in hopes it might help someone else out there going through the same thing. Sleep deprivation is a VERY bad thing physiologically. I hope no one has to go through it.