Brooklyn loves to read a book or two or three just before laying down in her bed. She loves to have her little princess couch (which unfolds into a little bed) IN her bed so that she can sleep on both her couch AND her bed. For nighttime, she just has to be left alone to go to sleep and it usually takes her about an hour to finally fall sleep (although sometimes, it can take her over two hours). She loves having ALL of her blankets in her bed, too. But, I always have to re-tuck her in after she falls asleep as she always dumps her blankets over the side of her bed or is laying on top of them instead of under them. For naps, at least lately, I have her go to bed immediately after lunch for "quiet time" while I finish feeding Josh and puting him to bed as well. Then, I go into her room and, because she is always still awake then, I offer her my back or tummy scratching services in exchange for her laying down, closing her eyes and being very still. In just 3 minutes or less, she is always asleep. :)
Joshua hasn't had a very stable sleeping schedule until just recently (he'd been off and on sick for the past several weeks). He will normally take two naps a day and today was the first time I left him to fall asleep on his own for both naps... which he did successfully!! So proud! We'd been putting him to bed at night before he falls sleep for the past several days, and he would fall alseep so easily on his own that I just had to try it out during the day, too. I hope he will continue to be good at falling asleep on his own. It was truly hard on me to let go of rocking him to sleep every night and 2-3 times a day. I guess I just felt like I needed to make up for time lost he spent in a hard cold hospital bed instead of in my arms, or better yet, in my belly! I guess I've made it up to him by now. :) Josh, too, likes having blankets surrounding him, and, since his room has a huge window in it, it gets pretty cold in there and those extra blankets come in handy on those super cold nights.