Getting Baby to Bed...help?

Charlette - posted on 07/18/2010 ( 8 moms have responded )

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Dorothy is 15 months old now, and we tried sleep training at 11 months and it worked great. We would give her a bath, get her in her jammies, Daddy kisses her goodnight, and I lay her down, tell her 'night nigt Doroty" and leave the room. I had to go back once or twice to lay her back down, then she figured out that it wasn't worth the fight and went to sleep right away after that. She even does it just fine for nap time.



Lately, she has been going down for nap from about 11am to about 2pm. At 8pm, bedtime, I bathe her like always, but she screams like she's hurt or terrified. I'm not sure. I leave her for 1 minute then lay her back down, then for 2 minutes and so on. I get up to 5 minutes and she's hysterical. She won't go to sleep unless me or my husband holds her. Then she wakes up at 6 on the dot. This morning it was 430. I'm having trouble getting her back to routine. Please help!



She is cutting molars and we give her teething tablets, orajel, and tylenol if she needs them.



Any tips, comments, or encuragment would be very helpful.

thank you.

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Charlette - posted on 07/26/2010

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I took her to the doctor and found out that it's just her molars. They suggested giving her Tylanol 4 hours before bed, and Motrin at bedtime. This has made a world of difference! She lays right down and goes to sleep at night once again. Thank you all for your advice.

Mary Lynn - posted on 07/24/2010

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I might do some research online about the ferber method and see if that helps you... My theory is if they know that they'll get what they want by screaming, then that is what they'll do.

Ali Marie - posted on 07/23/2010

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^^my mom swears by this..we tried it one night and then the next day for her nap she cried for over 2 hrs both nights :\ Maybe we should try again?

Mary Lynn - posted on 07/23/2010

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When they are teething it is hard to judge what is going on and if they are hurting.

My son starting the screaming one time that he got sick, then he just continued the screaming b/c he knew that if he screamed, we would come in and pick him up.

It will be very hard, especially the first night, but I recommend letting them cry it out (CIO) as long as you know they are dry, not hungry/thirsty, and not in any pain.

It was the best thing we ever did. The first night was the worst... the second night 5 minutes of crying, and then the 3rd night no fuss.

Rachel - posted on 07/21/2010

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It sounds like this is probably due to her teething. Before this happened what time was she waking up? You might try rocking her a little at night to get her calm. Also you could try cutting her naptime back to 2 hours and see if that helps her sleep longer at night.

Melanie - posted on 07/19/2010

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Unfortunaly I have no tips. My daughter has always been a great sleeper. But I just wanted to say. It sounds like your doing the right thing, stay strong and dont give up.
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Merry - posted on 07/19/2010

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I still nurse eric to sleep and put him into his crib once he is asleep so I don't know. But I think we underestimate the issues those teeth cause. Just try to remember that she has no idea why her mouth hurts or when it will stop. It has to be very frustrating and frightening for a little one. Good luck to you.

Trasena - posted on 07/18/2010

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well I think you are doing all that you can!!! Jayden (My Son) has been getting his back teeth also but I have made the mistake of letting him sleep in the bed with me! I know this is going to be horrible having to train him all over again!!! :)

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