I don't claim to have any answers at all when it comes to parenting.
We just do whatever seems to work for us and for Lola.
We slowly, reluctantly, embraced the crying it out method when she was a baby. And it worked wonders. We used the same method when we had to take the bottle away. And then, later, when we took the nighttime liquids away.
The only time bedtime was not too badly a battle was when she moved from the crib to the toddler bed. There were relatively few problems.
Lately, we have noticed that even if we put her to bed at 7:30 p.m., she will play quietly in the dark until she finally goes to sleep, sometime around 8 p.m. or so.
But she never gets out of bed. She might go get a toy, but she always climbs back into bed, playing quietly (sometimes silently) until she falls asleep.
I work late Monday nights. I got a picture text from my husband at 9 p.m.
I figured he had completely finished the kitchen remodeling project and was sending me a text pic of that.
he had noticed that Lucy (the cat) had been hanging out by Lola's bedroom door for about 20 minutes or so. This isn't unusual - Lucy is usually the first one to let us know when Lola is up from her nap or in the mornings.
But Lola had gone to bed 90 minutes beforehand.
Ray walked down the hallways again and this time, Lola wasn't quick enough. She didn't pull her hand back inside.
- Bethany :)