Our nearly three-year-old Tilly has become unusually clingy at bedtime, refusing to go off to sleep without me staying in her room. At the same time her night-time sleeping started going downhill too with night waking becoming all too regular. As the sleep problems grew, I decided to it was time to try the gradual retreat technique.
I thought we had a deal, you and me. You’d manage ten hours at night and top up with a hearty daytime nap. Yet what do we have now but ever earlier waking and signs of dropping your nap. Now you’ve left me second-guessing our routine and we both know that one false move will see it all come crashing down around our ears.
5am starts aren’t much fun. The toddler demands to get up, you’ve not had enough sleep to manage the long day ahead and by the end of the day you want to cut short your precious ‘me’ time to gain back a little extra sleep before doing it again. We’ve had a lot of early starts and despite managing the clocks going back the early starts were become too frequent. It was time to try out technology and that popular piece of sleep training kit: the Groclock.
If there’s one thing we’ve learnt as first-time parents over the past 20 months it’s the importance of everyone getting proper rest. Getting the little one to sleep and nap well has a huge impact on your quality of life and whether or not you’re in a good place to manage the demands of work or childcare. Sleep training has put us in a good place with nighttime sleeping but as a new stay-at-home parent I quickly saw the need to get to grips with our less than ideal napping routine.