Sleeping Problems for 4 yr old
01/24/2012 at 07:52 AM

I have googled till I'm blue in the face trying to see suggestions and advice on how to smoothly transition my four year old daughter into sleeping in her bed at night. I realize that this will not be an easy task, and I'm prepared for that... but I am so lost on the "best" way to try the transition. Most of what I read online, says to establish a 30 minute wind down period before bed... reading to her, praying with her, etc. Now here comes the hard part... I have a two month old son who just so happens to be one of those babies that really doesn't get "a routine" just yet. I try to bathe them and then set aside from 7 45pm on to dedicatng them to go to bed. My husband holds our newborn while I go in the room with our daughter. This would be all fine and dandy, BUT my daughter knows that I'm going to be leaving the room and she literally FIGHTS her sleep. I was in her room with her for about 2 hours the past couple nights. It's draining. Not to mention my son woke up and I breastfeed exclusively so I had to tend to him, meanwhile she's crying in her room... husbands already fallen asleep (he works early in the morning)... it's just so frustrating. I picked the absolute worst time to try and wean her (with a newborn), but we dont all fit in the bed... its time she learn to go to bed in her own space. I just wish I knew how to make it easier on everyone. Any advice is well appreciated.

I agree that it sounds masculine, and she'll always have to spell it for people to get it right, but Ashley and Hilary were originally boys' names.