We have a rather short bedtime routine with Tommy. We’ve kind of done this on purpose because, well, we’re tired too. We are very lucky that he’s really great at bedtime and rarely fights it.
So our routine consists of hugs and multiple kisses to everyone in the house, sometimes a few stuffed animals too… a few minutes snuggling in the rocking chair with “pei pei” (his blanket) and either Mommy or Daddy while sipping a few ounces of milk from a sippy. When he’s with me, I often sing. When he’s with Daddy, they listen to music from Scout. When he’s done with his milk he asks for his paci and then points to the crib telling us he’s ready for bed. It’s pretty straightforward.
Last night when asked who he’d like to snuggle with before bed, Tommy said he wanted both Mommy and Daddy. Since we both can’t sit in the rocking chair we jokingly said, “okay, you can rock yourself to sleep.” We set him on the chair with his milk and pei pei, kissed him goodnight and left the room, giggling as we left. We waited outside his room expecting him to either call for one of us or follow. He did neither. We walked downstairs and watched him on the video monitor sit calmly in the chair and drink his milk. When he was finished, he climbed down and grabbed his pacifier from the shelf, plopped it in his mouth and climbed back on the chair. Not wanting to sleep while sitting up, he slouched down on the arm rest and simply went to sleep.