Friday, July 07, 2006


My posts have been a little on the heavier side lately, so here's something from the home front...

My 2-year-old is a good sleeper. He has always been a good sleeper. My 4-year-old has not always been a good sleeper, although he goes to bed pretty well now (and sometimes he even wants to sleep in).

When we moved the 4-year old from the crib to a toddler bed, we had all sorts of sleeping problems. He could get out of bed, so we tried doorknob cover. Not only could he open the doorknob with the doorknob cover on it, he could take the thing apart (which was difficult for ME to do). We tried standing at the door holding the doorknob while he screamed and banged and tried to open the door (this was awful, and I don't recommend it). Finally, short of buying a locking doorknob and installing it backwards, we used a rope. Please don't call DCFS on us. We untied it as soon as he fell asleep. We were desperate (and exhausted). We tied one end of the rope to the doorknob and the other end to the cabinet door in the hall. That way he couldn't get his door open, and he eventually gave up trying and went to sleep. It seems like we did that for a couple of months before he started going to sleep without throwing fits. NOT FUN AT ALL.

Enter child number 2. We recently moved him from his crib to a toddler bed. No problems. When the crib was up, he'd go into his room after lunch and try to climb in. Sometimes he'd come up to the Mr. or I and say "bed" (with the bink (pacifier) hanging out of his mouth).

My 2-year-old is napping. I didn't even put him down, after lunch the 4-year-old said to the 2-year-old, "Can I put you down for a nap?". They walked off to the bedroom holding hands. My sweet 4-year-old tucked in his little brother and said "night night". And that was that.

Having a good sleeper is really nice.

1 comment:

Tyler Farrer said...

Thank you for the inspiration. My family is fast approaching our first switch to a bed. We're a little terrified.

Which type of rope or chains are best? :)