I need some fresh ideas, ladies. I'm all out.
DS (2.5yo) turns into a wild man when the lights go out, and bedtime takes 1-2 hours! Our routine is bath (a few nights a week), new diaper, pjs, brush teeth, book with daddy, lights out and snuggle while mommy or daddy sings. We've been doing the snuggling part together lately to try to help DS get used to the idea of daddy doing bedtime: new baby due in October.
DS is in his own twin floor bed in his own room, and once he's asleep, I go to my own bed across the hall. When/if he wakes and calls for me, I go to him and snuggle him back to sleep. No problem.
So back to my wild bedtime man. He giggles and jumps around on the bed, kicking (sometimes getting me in the tummy) and elbowing (sometimes getting me in the boob) and changing direction. He screams like he's being murdered and cries when I hold him still to "snuggle" him to sleep. Eventually he does settle down and lay next to me, but then he sings or counts the stars on his ceiling or tells himself a story or plays with his toes. Meanwhile I feel like I've ridden in a rodeo!
He falls asleep and sleeps happily all night, wakes cheerful in the morning, but DH was asking me tonight; how long can this phase last?! It's not a fun one.
So if you've made it this far, here is my question:
I need some fresh ideas for getting DS ready for and into bed so that I don't get beaten up by tiny limbs and he doesn't feel like bedtime is traumatic. Right now I'm laying in my own bed, having told him that if I had to ask him to lay down one more time, I would leave the room, and he is talking to himself laying in his own bed...hasn't complained yet.