He did awesome last night! I am so pleased! I hope tonight goes equally as well. Here is what we did.
6:40pm - Set the egg timer for a 5 minute warning for bath time.
6:50pm - Got him in the bath and set the timer for 10 minutes. (He was very cooperative, which is unusual - getting him in and getting him out.)
7:00pm - Set the timer for 10 minutes while we put jammies on and ate bed time snack, all the while counting down the minutes to book reading time.
7:10pm - Read three books and said family prayers (specifically asking special blessings for Liam to sleep and go to bed and listen to his Mom and Dad).
7:20pm - We explained if he sleeps in his bed without getting up, he'd keep all three of his cars. We'd take away a car each time he got up. 3rd strike would mean closing the door. He opted to sleep on our floor without his cars (this is a first). He went to sleep no problem, no car clanking, no fuss.
I guess I'd rather him choose where to sleep and stay there then changing his mind 10 times before he actually settled down (all the while clanking and playing with his cars). We'll keep the no car rule if he sleeps in our room and see how that goes. He's never slept without his cars the past few months. These are his "friends":