Peter began regularly sleeping through the night in early June, I think, a month or so shy of his second birthday. Now he only wakes during the night a few times a month, which I suspect will continue for years.
He almost never falls asleep independently, though. We got out of the habit when he got a cold, then we were traveling, and just never got back into that routine. Now he does bath, story, and prayers with Daddy, listens to me pray the Rosary (he says the Glory Be for each mystery), then takes about 20 minutes to fall asleep. His bedtime routine is often over an hour long.
I don't mind cuddling with him, snuggled under the sheets as he slowly falls asleep. He regularly talks to himself as he's drifting off, which is always fun to hear. Truthfully, this new round of "sleep training" is probably harder on me than him. I don't like the idea of him growing up, preferring his llama to me as he falls asleep (which is already happening).
|Llama has been a bedtime constant since early infancy.|
I wouldn't reintroduce this routine at all, except for the new baby coming. I don't want to be committed to a 45 minute bedtime if the baby decides five minutes in that it's time to nurse. And I want this new routine to be well-established before the baby arrives so Peter doesn't think the baby is stealing me from him.
So tonight we started step one, as I sat next to his bed while he fell asleep. He didn't seem to mind in the least. I was cold and a little lonely.