Okay, here is the thing: My 3-year-old thinks our bed is her bed. Heck, why wouldn’t she. That is where she has slept every single night for the past 3 years (except for the few days when she decided to experiment and sleep in her own bed).
I really cannot place the blame completely on her; I can take the blame. My husband works 6 nights a week and I really don’t like sleeping alone! (Don’t judge me.)
I figure she will eventually decide to sleep in her own bed right? Well, I hope so because now my husband is starting to say it is time for her to GO! I mean, she is getting taller and sleeping like she’s running a marathon and doing gymnastics every night.
That one night a week when daddy is off work, I only have 6 inches of bed to work with (in a king-size bed!) and he usually ends up with a foot to the face.
It’s going to be a fight to get her out. I know this and I am not ready for it. I also know that once I get her out, I am going to wish she were there to keep me company. But my husband really wants her in her own bed because he feels we don’t get the cuddle time we used to get.
When my daughter sees her bed, she feels like she is being punished and we have never used it as a tool for discipline. Oh, and let’s not forget that thanks to Caillou my daughter is deathly afraid of the dark, although her room has a night light.
I honestly do not know where to begin, but I know I have to begin somewhere…and soon. Is there anyone out there willing to share methods for removing toddlers out of the family bed with less stress as possible to both child and parent?