We cosleep with our 5.5yo. While it would be nice if he wanted to sleep in his own bed, I am actually okay with him still sleeping in our bed. I just want him to fall asleep on his own. After I stopped nursing him to sleep at 3.5yo, I used to lie in bed with him until he fell asleep. But often it would take a long time for him to fall asleep, and I got antsy and agitated lying there for so long. In the last half year or so, I've been staying nearby (in the room, in the hall, in the office down the hall) while he fell asleep. Initially, this actually worked well. At one point, I was even able to go downstairs and watch tv with DH before DS had fallen asleep! But he has since regressed, and now I have to sit in the bedroom, with a light in the bathroom on, and often times he still doesn't fall asleep for at least an hour. I end up getting frustrated. He has to get up for school in the morning, he needs his sleep.
Any tips for improving this situation? I don't mind staying nearby if he'll fall asleep in a reasonable amount of time (10-15 minutes). Ideally, I'd like to be able to kiss him goodnight and go downstairs and spend time with DH, knowing that DS will go to sleep on his own.
Our current evening/bedtime routine is bath at 7pm or so, spending time with Daddy, and then 8pm he comes upstairs to brush teeth, go to the bathroom, read a story to me, I read a story to him, lights out and a few lullabies with me lying in bed with him, and then I kiss him goodnight and sit by the door, surfing on my iPad while I wait for him to go to sleep. He's never really had a lovey, but he does get to choose which stuffed toy he wants to hold in bed.