As parents, I am sure that we are all faced with this same situation at one time or another: it's time to wind down and to get ready for bed. The pajamas are on and the teeth brushed. Bedtime stories read, and blankets tucked in. You give your child a kiss and tell them you love them and will see them in the morning, walk out of the room and all of a sudden, not more than three minutes later, you have a crying and screaming toddler on your hands?
Our son has generally been pretty good with going to sleep lately. Occasionally he would want us to hold his hand until he fell asleep, but that hasn't happened for quite a long time now. Last night was one huge tantrum. We went in there, tried to hold his hand, but he wasn't having any of it. He wanted out
Now when he takes a tantrum, I mean he takes a tantrum.
He goes all out for it; he throws his toys, bites his crib and screams at the top of his lungs. Once we figure out that there is nothing physically wrong with him, we put him back in his crib to go to sleep. He isn't calming down for anyone or anything.
Our son's pediatrician says that crying it out isn't going to harm him. As a mom, I hate to hear him crying though. What else is there to do? Have you experienced this with your children at bedtime? What are your solutions?