Things That Go Bump In The Night
Regular readers of this blog will know that sleep has always been an issue for Potato. This week, we have encountered a new challenge and I’m at a loss as to what to do now.
Potato has been especially unsettled recently, with D home from Dubai for a week. Several bad nights of waking every 15 – 30 minutes cumulated in me deciding to leave him to try and fall asleep on his own.
Cuddles; rocking; singing; soothing; nothing seemed to work.
Another, cuddle, kiss and “Mummy loves you”. I lay him back in back in his cot and head to the bathroom.
He was screaming before I even left the room.
I reach the bathroom: THUD!
Not the usual sound of a toddler having a tantrum in a cot. I turn and run back to the nursery and sure enough, I find Potato lying on his back on the floor.
Thankfully, he’s still crying and although I can’t tell how he landed, a quick check and he seems OK.
But now what?
I try bringing him back into bed with us, but he won’t settle. He just wants to chat and play.
I try again to settle him his cot, to no avail.
So I spend the rest of the night sat in the nursing chair in his room, watching to make sure he doesn’t fall out of his cot. My presence only makes him less willing to settle, but I don’t know what else to do. I’m scared to leave him in case he falls out again.
The following few nights I was at my parents, where they have a video monitor in Potato’s room. He was no more ready to settle, so I lay awake most of the night watching him on the monitor. Every time he woke and got back to his feet, I leapt up to sooth him, before he could get worked up enough to start climbing. In the end, through shear lack of energy to walk between the rooms, I fell asleep on the single bed in his room.
Things haven’t really improved over the last few nights. When he’s asleep, its fine. But more often than not, he won’t settle or stay asleep. I’m petrified he’s going to climb out again, as he’s come very close several more times, only stopping because my lurch to catch him has made him jump backwards back into his cot. I can’t sleep properly because I’m leaping up at every sleeping whimper or energetic roll, in case it’s him climbing and falling.
He’s only 17 months. In my mind, that’s too young to be in a bed rather than a cot. But maybe that’s what I have to do. I’ve bought a bed guard in preparation, but I’ve not taken the side off the cot yet.
I think I’m hoping he’ll start to settle again. It’s OK when he’s sleeping or resettling easily. It’s only when he gets worked up that it’s a problem. Its just that it seems to be every night at the moment. Last night I spent 3 hours sat on a wooden chair outside his room, in the hope that my presence would settle him. It did, but he seemed to be able to sense then I thought about going back to bed, and was on his feet trying to climb after me in seconds.
What do I do?
What would you do?
I need to do something as I’m pretty much at my wits’ end now.
Thankfully, I’m getting surprisingly good at functioning on little and broken sleep, and Potato makes up for it all by being extra cute during the day!