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#19 Get Shiloh into a good bedtime routine.
There is a lot of debate amongst parents on how you should put your little ones to sleep. Should you rock them? Should you let them cry it out? Should they sleep with a bottle? At what age should they start sleeping alone? Honestly, it can be exhausting listening to everyone’s advice. I am a firm believer that while there’s a time for asking for advice and wisdom from others, ultimately every family has to figure out what works best for their child and his/ her personality. And, every family is structured differently, so what works for you may not work for me!
With that being said, one area of parenting that I know I have created some bad habits in is our bedtime routine. Every time we put Shiloh down for a nap or to sleep for the night, one of us will sit in the room with her and sing her songs until she falls asleep. This can take anywhere from fifteen minutes up to an hour! Now that she is almost three and a half, we both agree that it is time to let her learn how to put herself to sleep. I had been dreading this because in the past, when I left the room for even a few minutes, she would throw such huge tantrums to the point of throwing up! I knew that transitioning out of her bedroom and pushing her to exercise some independence was going to be brutal… on all of us.