he screamed for a "huggy" at bedtime and I relented and lay next to him until he fell asleep. Both of these were because he was under the weather and I wasn't up to doing anything other than lying next to him.
He's always been a good sleeper, infact I've never had to sit/lie with any of the DS's to go to sleep.
I've just put him upstairs to sleep and he's screaming for a "huggy" again.
I really REALLY can't get him into the habit of needing someone to lie with him. There's too much going on to start getting into that routine and I know he's always been perfectly capable of going to sleep on his own.
What do I do???
(and apologies for the attention seeking title but it's kind of urgent as I've just been up to him once to give him a hug and left him but he's still screaming and I'm not sure how to solve it)
OK, this might sound crazy but it worked for my youngest and also when I tried it on my neice when she came to stay:
give him his favourite cuddly toy to cuddle and tell him either "X needs to go to sleep so can you please cuddle him?" or else say "I have to go downstairs now and you have to go to sleep but look here is X and X will give you the cuddle you want."
I know it sounds unlikely, but it really did work for me.
Stand firm! take him to bed, lie down with him until he is calm, explain that he didn't need you to go to sleep before and he doesn't need you to go to sleep now. Do the teddy thing again and then calmly leave - be calm above all things otherwise your agitation will get him going again.