The Great Bedtime Boycott of 2009
July 11th, 2009
Miss Mouse is waging an intermittent boycott of bedtime. I suppose if it’s intermittent, it isn’t a true boycott but I haven’t told her that for fear that she’ll step up the frequency of her protests.
Wednesday night, it took me two hours to convince her to go to sleep. It felt like much longer.
The problem seems to stem from the fact that she’s in a transitional moment in her sleep development — she no longer wants to be rocked to sleep, but she isn’t very good at putting herself to sleep solo either.
The “no more rocking” thing is pretty new. It used to be that she’d take a bedtime bottle and then curl up in my arms while I rocked her for a few minutes. Usually, in less than ten, she’d be out and I’d put her down. It was a nice routine. No complaints on my end.
But now, attempts at a soothing rock are generally met with a stiffly arched back and squawks of protest.
The only problem is, when I try to set her down in her crib, she tends to pop up like some sort of pajama-clad jack-in-the-box. First, her eyes get wide. Then, she drums her feet against the mattress. Then she flips onto her tummy, sits up and clambers to her feet. Yeah, that’s restful.
If I leave, she cries. If I stay by her bed, she wants to talk and/or play. Sigh. In desperation, I offered her a binkie the other night, only to discover that she has truly kicked the habit — she doesn’t want it anymore!
The one light on the horizon is that she has successfully put herself back to sleep several times in the night recently. I’ll hear her moving around, and sometimes she even cries for a second or two, but then dozes off again. I think that’s probably a good sign and am hoping that she’ll transfer this skill to the initial bedtime soon.