Ask Moxie to the rescue again. I swear by this site as a sane source for parenting advice. Last night after nearly an hour of listening to M scream, play and generally breaking our hearts (“just one more little hug, mommy!” “daddy, I want to hold you!) I did what any parent today does and turned to the internet. Of course Moxie had a post in her archives all about the 2 1/2 – 3 year sleep regression.
Now that we’ve figured out this is normal developmental process we are still trying to figure out what to do. Some of the commenters went back to the crib during this phase with some success. M has periodically asked to have her crib back so we think this may be a possibility. However we may need to get a contraption like this to keep her IN the crib. Anyone ever use one?
I don’t really want to go back but we’ve given the bed a good 2 month try and she just isn’t sleeping as well as she should. At least in the crib she will be contained and may be able to entertain herself until she falls asleep. Other then a nightly tranquilizer dart of Benadryl hour-long struggle to get her to sleep I’m not sure what else to do. However we are traveling for the next two weekends so I worry if we try it now it will lead to greater confusion – the crib back out at home then sleeping on beds over the weekends. I’m sure I’m thinking about this way too much, but the whole thing is kind of consuming our lives right now. Someday she’ll sleep just fine, right?