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Pat or No Pat?

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We have been patting my 2.5 year old toddler to bed every night. Plus every single time he wakes up during the night, which is at least 2-3 times, we need to pat him back to sleep. The disrupted sleep is really taking a toll on us both, and now we are regretting not sleep training him when he was younger. We have tried all sorts of methods, from talking to him nicely, to stern warning, and even “threatening” him with a cane (I know some parents out there will disagree on the use of cane), but nothing works. He continues to beg us to pat him back to sleep every single night, and if we don’t, he will cry and whine and we will all end up being upset and frustrated. And it’s not just the night time. Even during nap time in the afternoon, he needs his favourite childcare teacher to pat him to sleep.

I know this is not the best time to sleep train him, given that his baby sister is going to be due soon, and he may get the impression that we are not patting him because of the new sibling’s arrival. On the other hand, we are also afraid that if the patting continues, it will be even harder to kick the habit in the future. Plus, we are really drained from the lack of proper sleep and having to go to work the next day.

Dilemma, dilemma! Any tips from mommies out there?

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