We co-slept for a while and at about 13-14 months he started sleeping very poorly. When I moved him to his crib, he did great on his own. Anyway, DH came back from deployment and he started sleeping with us again. I didn't mind, but after a while, I became pregnant and bigger, so I needed the extra space.
What we did that worked wonders was had a routine and stuck with it. It was always, get ready for bed, have mommy or daddy read a book and then get tucked in.
The first few nights were pretty bad. He cried and threw a fit when we left and he would follow us. But we would get up and put him back into bed.
I disagree about the spanking. I mean, that's a punishment and transitioning into a bed can be a scary thing and should be approached like potty training: with lots of love and patience!
It took several days (like 3-4) and it did suck (not a lot of good sleep), but it worked and now he sleeps like a champ.
at 5:33 AM on Sep. 29, 2009