The Sleep Fairy

My son has always fought sleep at night as well as still looks for milk in the middle of the night to help him get back to sleep. He still wakes up for milk occasionally and since I now refuse to give it to him, he will cry, yell and flail. And since we all co-sleep, he can get quite disruptive at times so I need help in getting us through this phase.

Recently, while browsing, I came across this book called "The Sleep Fairy" by Janie Peterson. The book tells the story of 2 young girls who didn't stay in their beds at night. Came out for another story, a kiss, a drink of water. Then one night, their parents read them a magical story about The Sleep Fairy who visits at night to kids who stay in their beds at night. Well, the visit is in the form of a magical visit such as The Tooth Fairy visits leaving a little something under the child's pillow.

The way the book works is that you read the story to your child which is similar to most bed time routines and explain that if he/she goes quietly to sleep and stays in their bed, then they will receive something from The Sleep Fairy.

I believe in using rewards as motivation and we started this book last night with Dylan. He was very excited about the whole concept and after reading the book it took him about 20 minutes to go to sleep which was actually an improvement of prior nights. He did wake in the wee morning hours and cried for milk and I told him if I gave him milk than The Sleep Fairy wouldn't visit. He did go back to sleep with less fuss.

When he woke the next morning, he said to me "There's nothing under my pillow." And I told him well he better check and he did and he was pleasantly surprised to see a tiny container of orange play-doh.

No, the night wasn't perfect but it was better and I wanted him to believe that The Sleep Fairy would come if he was a big boy and slept as he should. My plan is to read the book for the next few nights, and then we'll get to the point where we only read it occasionally. If we don't read the book, The Sleep Fairy won't come and there will be times where we will read it and he won't behave as he should at night and The Sleep Fairy won't show up. Those will be disappointing mornings but we'll work through it as we normally do. I'll keep you updated!

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