By now…at 26 months old, Mal is finally totally weaned off. He no longer need Mummy to nurse him to sleep Just to note down some of the things….
When we started to wean him off, we had to resort to bedtime story to put him to sleep. We had to read books….one after another…till he was so tired and would finally drift off to sleep. The bedtime stories were like lullaby that could put him to sleep. This went on for like 1 to 2 months….
Sometimes it can be very tiring reading book after book…and alot of time, we will drift off to sleep before him and he had to wake us up again saying that he wanted more stories. Quite a few times, Mummy had to raise her voice at him telling him that it was really time for bed and there will be NO MORE STORIES for the night!!! Most of the time he could tell that Mummy is angry and would go to sleep after the scolding. Actually he would most of the time cry first.
Then it slowly progress to having an agreement with him before bedtime stories that he could only choose a few books and after that he has to go to sleep. It had been working quite well as now sometimes he will only choose 2 books and after that he will switch off his night light and go to sleep. But he has a little habit now ie he has to hug Mummy to sleep! I hope this will not become another bad habit for him next time which we will have problem kicking it off! With Daddy being away, Mummy is actually enjoying having Mal hug me to sleep…so if this really develops into a bad habit…Mummy is partly to be blamed too