Toddler Sleeping Problems...Need Advice (UPDATE #2 in BLUE)
My DD is two years old. She has been getting up a couple of times every night and comes into my bedroom because she wants to cuddle. Her pediatrician told me to show her tough love by closing DD's door at night and keep the baby monitor on. I feel like that if I do that and DD starts crying she won't trust me as her parent. I've heard the horror stories and haven't heard many success stories. What should I do? Waking up at least two to five times a night is starting to take it's toll on me. I don't mind cuddling with her but I'd like for her to put herself to sleep. I put music on for her at night and put her night light on. I am at a loss for anything else I can do to help her stay in her bed/room. Any adice will be greatly appreciated.
P.S. I am a first time mom.
UPDATE: Hello ladies. Thank you so much for your advice. Last night was a challenge for me but I got through it. I walked DD into her room when it was bedtime and she got into her bed without a problem. She cuddled with her blanket and favorite baby doll, I hugged and kissed her good night and told her our usual little love words that we do everynight. I put on her Jewel lullaby CD and closed her door. She was fine for about five minutes and then she started to cry. She called my name but I didn't get up. I let her be for about five minutes and when she was quiet for ten minutes I listened for any noise by her door and opened it and she was fast asleep. She slept until 3 this morning when she came into my bedroom. (DF opened her door in the middle of the night and forgot to close it) I got up with her and put back her bed, I rubbed her back and sang to her and she went back to sleep so I left and closed her door again. Last night was a long night. She kept getting up and crying. I know the first night was going to be rough. Hoping for a better night tonight.
UPDATE #2: Well tonight was very hard. DD screamed her head off for ten straight minutes. I had to stop myself a couple of times withing those ten minutes from going in there. I finally gave in and tried to get to her calm herself down. All she wanted to lay on my arm. (She still likes skin to skin) I almost cried, I got really choked up tonight. Thank god DF was here with me because I couldn't guarantee that I would have been as strong as I was tonight without him. Anyone have any advice on how to kick the skin to skin? I didn't think she'd still be into at two years old. I don't mind it but it seems like that's the only way she will fall asleep. Wish me luck on tonight in hopes that she doesn't wake up a lot in the middle of the night.