I have a 6yo girl, 3yo boy and am expecting #3 at the end of September. Right now, our bedtime routine is that I nurse BOTH children in a glider in my bedroom, then we just rock for a bit until they fall asleep, then I carry each of them into their bedrooms.
This started when dd was a toddler and no longer co-sleeping with us. She has always been a difficult sleeper (both falling and staying asleep), so this method worked for us. We continued it with ds, bc with dd being so difficult, I didn't want him to wake her up once she was asleep.
With the new baby on the way, I would like to try to get her to fall asleep on her own. She has done it in the past, but not very often. When ds was born, I would nurse dd in her room, while dh held ds (pretty much crying the whole time), then go in and out him to bed. Once ds was a bit older, we started putting them to bed at the same time. I really have no idea what our routine will be like now with 3, but I would like my husband to be more involved in getting dd to bed-I don't think ds would go for anyone other than me, which is fine at this point.
Does anyone have any suggestions on how I could transition her (or both) from our current routine? I'm open to anything. Oh, also-dd is very "spirited" and thrives on routines. I am also trying to think of ways for her to hlep get herself ready in the morning once school starts. She is not a morning person-mainly bc of her sleep issues-and I would like for her to take a more active role in getting herslef ready in the morning.
I think it is time that dd become more self-sufficient when it comes to bedtime and morning routines. I know this may sound like alot for a 6yo to handle at once, but I'm more than willing to take it in small chunks.
x-posted in The Childhood Years