Sleep Training Scarlett
I started training Scarlett to sleep in a toddler bed with confidence and a positive attitude. She had been so easy to train to sleep in her crib that I thought this would be a breeze. I soon realized that it was going to be a lot harder than I had originally thought. The first couple of weeks, I spent about 2 hours a night just constantly walking her back to her room and putting her back in her bed. I thought that if I was just persistent she would eventually understand but soon realized that this was not going to work.
I had seen that a lot of people were using the DockATot and thought that I would give it a try. When it arrived, Scarlett was immediately intrigued by it and we used it right away for her nap. I spent the first few nights putting her to sleep in her DockATot in our bed so that she would understand that when she was in it, it was bed time. When I moved it to her bed she seemed to adjust instantly. She would fall asleep much quicker and get out of bed a lot less. It gave her a sense of security and was much cozier for her in her big new bed. We also decided to add a "wind down" time to her nightly routine where we would turn off most of the lights and have some chill time together 30 minutes before her bedtime. This really helped and ensured that she would go to bed in a calm state.
Now, she falls asleep within the first 15 minutes of being in her bed. So far, this has been the toughest transition with Scarlett yet. I feel so relieved that we finally have our nights back to ourselves and that Scarlett is happily sleeping in her own bed. For anyone who is trying to make this transition I highly recommend getting yourself a DockATot!
We have been finding that it also improves her naps and she will fall asleep quicker during the day when we put her in it. When it comes to her naps, we have decided to keep them flexible. By this I mean we allow her nap wherever is easiest or wherever she feels like sleeping. This can be in our bed, in her bed, on the couch, or in my arms. We do this because it makes her adaptable to days when we are on-the-go. Her being able to nap anywhere is extremely important to us because we spend a lot of our time out of the house and travel often!
We got the DockATot Grand. You can shop it here: https://dockatot.com/collections/dockatot-grand/products/dockatot-grand-dock-pristine-white