Where do I start… Our 17month old started waking up between 4-5am every morning to start his day and to make things worse he was sick in October and December so we started to settle him to sleep by rubbing him and holding his hand which took over an hour every night so we had 2 issues going on.
We decided to drop his nap to see if he would sleep for longer in the mornings and fall asleep quicker at bed time.
It worked great for the first 1-2 weeks he went asleep in 10-15 mins and slept until 7-7:30 the next morning. BUT then another issue appeared, he started waking 3-4 times during the night AND the early mornings came back to haunt us! At our wits end and 2 completely exhausted parents we decided to contact Lucy, I’ll never forget the first phone call we had- I cried- we had to give him back his nap (which I was dreading) and have it at the same time every day (which didn’t suit me with the school pick ups) Lucy was firm with me (but nice) so I got support and help from family and Friends and gave him his nap everyday in the car (the only place he will have it)!
We also had to stop the hand holding at bedtime which was hard for the first 3 nights but after that he got the message….
2-3 weeks in we were still wrecked and things got slightly worse but with Lucy’s support and frequent communication we stuck with it and by week 5-6 J was asleep by 8:30 every night religiously and waking between 6-7am every morning.
I couldn’t recommend Lucy enough she gave me some tough love but we are all getting the sleep we need and our little man is not as cranky or clingy I finally feel normal again 🙂