Ok, calling all moms...
Has this happened to you at all?
We moved Jay to a big boy bed at 16.5 months (were we crazy?!). Ever since we moved him, he has slept like a ROCK. Never once got out of his bed (once or twice we found him in his closet or in his rocking chair in his room asleep- but never on his own free will just got out of bed). He has rarely had night wakings- if he has it's been due to sickness only. He would go down around 830 or so and sleep until around 8. He'd take 2.5-3 hour naps. He was amazing.
WAS is the keyword. That lasted for 16 months. Can't really complain too much.
The past few weeks (really since he got sick), he's been waking EARLY in the morning. Like 5:30-6:30. Not only that, but he's been getting out of his bed!
One day at naptime a few weeks ago, he got out of bed and came downstairs all on his own after 3 hours or so. He was SO proud of himself. And that was fine with me! I mean, he took a long nap and came down after. Win. Wellll.... that has turned into getting out of bed every single night multiple times, early morning wakeups and getting out of bed, and then waking up and hopping out of bed at nap time (way too early).
I know that he's not getting enough sleep. He's exhausted.
I've tried gently talking to him about staying in bed (kid is sensitive. He doesn't need fussing/lecturing/scolding. He's always done better with a conversation and explanation). We've tried this the past few nights. It hasn't really worked yet- plus I think he's still asleep when he "wakes up."
Anthony and I will go up there and put him back in bed and he'll fall asleep in a second. So I know he's not really "up."
What do I do?
Well, before I pose that question, I won't lock him in his room. That would beyond traumatize him (and me) and I'm just not down for doing that with him.
I've seen those alarm clocks that show a color when it's time to wake up. Has anyone used those?
I just don't know if it's a phase and to keep doing what we are doing and he will eventually grow out of it. I don't know if we need to nip it in the bud now. I am just at a complete loss.
I can deal with the early wakeups- we can eventually push that back again. But the night time wakeups are a lot. Not to mention he stands at the top of the stairs, which is right by Charley's room, yelling, "Mooooommmmmyyyyyy!" I'm terrified he will wake her up!
Anyone have any experience with this? Please please tell me it's a phase. Please. I want my good sleeper back.