Our son who is 2 1/2 years old has been stretching the bedtime routine any way he could for the last 2 months. My SO and I are exhausted beyond belief. On top of all that, he wakes up every night and comes to sleep in our bed around 3 a.m. which we have been tolerating. The routine starts at 7:15 and by the time he's sleeping and has finished calling us 150 times, it's almost 10 p.m. At first we kept going back and giving in to everything. For example, say I was cuddling with him and he slapped me or pulled my hair, I would leave the room but would go back 5 minutes after and if he started again, I would do the same thing over again...sometimes up to 5 times or more. We decided to put an end to this agony and I am 36 weeks pregnant so this can't go on forever. Anyhow, tonight, I read him a story (only 1) although he requested another (because when I give in to that...it never ends) then I pat his back the way he likes it for 5 min. When the 5 minutes were done, I told him good night nicely and left the room. After dad told him good night and also left the room. Then he got out of his bed, stood at the gate and was asking for me and asking for dad. I told dad to try the 5-10-15 method. So every 5 min. then 10 min. then 15 he went back to his room picked him up gently and put him in his bed. At one point, he had poo poo'd in his diaper so we took him out and cleaned him, but then sent him right back to bed. He did go to toilet before bed btw. Anyways, do you think this is mean? We really don't know what else to do at this point....It's now 9 p.m. Bedtime routine began at 7:15 and he seems to have settled in but he still isn't sleeping. Any opinions? Ideas?
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