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My Daughter Won’t Sleep in Her Own Bed and I’m Conflicted

by | January 28, 2019

My daughter won’t sleep in her own bed and I have just given up trying. I don’t think I’ve slept properly in about fifteen years. From the moment my first child was born, there’s been a kid in my bed. Just as one finally moved into their own bed, a new kid arrived in mine. Sometimes I’ll wake up in the middle of the night and there’ll be a four year old, a thirteen year old, a dog, and me hanging onto the the edge of the bed by a toenail.

My Daughter Won't Sleep In Her Own Bed And I’m Conflicted
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My Daughter Won’t Sleep In Her Own Bed And I’m Conflicted
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My Daughter Won’t Sleep In Her Own Bed And I’m Conflicted

My daughter just refuses to sleep in her own bed. I’ve just given up trying. At this stage, I’ll just do anything for some peace at the end of the day. There’s never any antics or tantrums at bedtime, but I do have to lie there beside her until she falls asleep. I mean a deep deep sleep. I have to wait until the snores can be heard in the living room before I’ll even attempt to do the ninja slide off the bed and out of the room.

Who’s in charge here? I don’t think it’s me. It’s not like I’m afraid to let her cry or that I think she’ll be emotionally scarred by falling to sleep on her own. I just want some peace at the end of the day. Am I lazy? Maybe. Am I exhausted? Definitely!

So now it’s nine-thirty and I finally get some me time. If I don’t pass out on the bed beside her, I’ll go out to the couch, turn on something other than Ryan’s Toy Review (let’s talk about that sh*t-show another time) and then pass out on the couch. I should’ve just stayed in bed beside her. Not that I would’ve gotten a good night’s sleep.

This kid cartwheels around the bed in her sleep. I have a giant bed and a petite little four year old girl takes up every damn inch of it. Every week I tell myself that this is the week that she’s going in her own bed, and every week I fail. My daughter won’t sleep in her own bed at any cost.

She has slept in her own bed on a rare occasion, and guess what I do? I toss and turn all night, missing the sweet baby snuggles. I know she’ll grow out of it eventually, I’m sure right now she wants to be next to me because she misses her dad and I make her feel safe. Maybe that’s my problem too.

Here’s to the day she decides to start and stay in her own bed, for now, I’ll just enjoy every sweet snore, cozy snuggle, and loving punch in the face.

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Julie Nealon

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