I lay my son down in his bed and put my head next to his ten after a few seconds I whisper "Mommy has to kiss Daddy night-night. Mommy come back." and I walk out. I return right away and put my head back next to his. Then after a little bit I'll make up some other excuse about leaving, like having to wash my hands or close the freezer, but assuring him I'd be back. Each time I leave I stay out for a little longer, So the second time I'll stay our for maybe 25-30 seconds, then 1 minute, then 3, etc. He falls asleep waiting for me to come back. When we have normal nights at home I only have to go back 3-4 times, but if we are out somewhere and get home late it doesn't work as quickly. I think the technique comes from the "Happiest Toddler on the Block" series.
at 12:19 AM on Nov. 13, 2008