I'm interested in getting some input. I don't have the Healthy Sleep Habits book, but I remember reading something when DS was a newborn that if you put the newborn to sleep a certain way (nursing, rocking, etc) that when they wake up and need to be "parented" back to sleep, they will expect the same method (nursing, rocking, etc) to get them back to sleep.
So here's my situation/question: DS is now 2 years old. DH puts him to sleep about half the time, and ALWAYS goes downstairs to the rocking chair to rock him to sleep. I put DS to bed the other 1/2 of the time, and I always just turn out the lights and lay down and let DS roll around until he finally falls asleep. DS always falls asleep quickly with DH and always takes a nice long time to fall asleep with me. He often asks me to sit in the rocking chair but I just say that when he's with me, we fall asleep in the bed upstairs. BUT, when DH rocks DS to sleep and then DS wakes up in the middle of the night and asks for me, he wants to go back down to the rocking chair where he originally fell asleep that night, but I make him stay in the bed and then it takes him forever to fall back asleep.
Are we making it difficult for DS to go to sleep and fall back asleep by having different bedtime rituals? It's not a huge huge issue for us, but I am just beginning to wonder if perhaps, even as a toddler, he expects me to put him back to sleep in the rocking chair, and some of this midnight frustration could be alleviated easily?
Thanks for any input,