Co-Sleeping. My Kid Is Dedicated To His Cause.
Here’s an update for you: Troy won’t sleep in his own bed.
Here’s another update for you: We are OVER it.
I mean, completely and utterly over it.
This does not mean that I wouldn’t co-sleep with another little baby, I would, maybe just not for five years.
Co-sleeping with a baby is not the same as sleeping with a five year old. My little co-sleeping babies never kicked off all the covers, head butted me in the face, or slept like a giant H in the middle of the bed with their feet dug into my lower back.
Troy is going the distance with co-sleeping and it has to stop. We have to pull the plug on it mainly because Jeff and I are not getting any rest.
Troy, on the other hand, wakes up energized and happy and thanks us for letting him sleep “in the middle” (what he calls co-sleeping).
We tried the sticker chart/reward system and it worked for approximately a month and a half. The novelty wore off, so when bedtime rolled around, he would go and get in our bed. When reminded that he wouldn’t get a sticker, he informed us, “I already did that” and promptly took his place in the middle.
I did some research (googled HELP ME GET MY FIVE YEAR OLD TO SLEEP IN HIS ROOM FOR THE LOVE OF ALL THAT IS HOLY) and came up with the Ticket System.
Here’s what I did:
Ordered tickets off of Amazon Prime at 1:30 a.m.
Took Troy to Target Dollar Spot the next day to pick out his very! own! special ticket bucket!
Once said tickets were delivered, explained to Troy that he would get three tickets for sleeping all night in his room to put into his ticket bucket. He also gets tickets throughout the day for cooperating because five year olds sometimes like to argue with you FOR NO REASON.
If Troy has a certain amount of tickets in his bucket by Saturday, he gets to do one special thing of his choosing with Mom and/or Dad. Google said kids that have been subjected to attachment parenting respond better to this method than straight bribery with a toy.
This week, Troy racked up up 15 tickets and he requested to go to the diner and eat pancakes with Jeff. And I stayed home and took a nap.
Last night, he went to sleep in his room last night, but got in our bed around 4 a.m. I gave him three tickets this morning because he didn’t kick the covers off.
Baby steps, you guys. Baby steps.