How to get my 14 month old to sleep through the night?

Stacy - posted on 06/22/2011 ( 7 moms have responded )

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Since birth, she has not slept through the night. She still wakes twice a night for a small 5 oz. bottle. I've tried feeding her more before bed, and tried cold turkey with no bottle and try to rub her back to get her to fall back asleep. Nothing helps. Please...any advice on how to get my 14 month old to sleep through the night would be helpful!

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Cindy - posted on 01/05/2012

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Hi Stacey,
As soon as you stop pandering to her things will settle down. Just stop servicing her in the middle of the night and she will quickly stop expecting it. Dont let her hold you hostage. A quick does of reality at 14 months will go a long way to teaching her to be independant and secure in herself later in life. The first few nights will be disturbing. Get a good set of ear;plugs, take a Xanex and set your alarm for 8 hours later. You will be rested and much better prepared to deal with her real needs rather than this crap in the middle of the night.
I've been there.

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Stacy - posted on 07/03/2011

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Thanks again. My neighbor is going to let me borrow BabyWise. I really need some good nights rest!

Lacey - posted on 07/03/2011

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Have you heard of Babywise? It was really helpful to me in getting my two boys to self soothe and sleep on their own (boys ages 3.5 and 9 months). It will be rough the first couple of nights but so worth it in the end! Promise! :) Let me know how it goes. Good luck to you!!

Stacy - posted on 07/03/2011

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Thanks Lacey! I will try your suggestions this week. It will be rough, but I have to do it if I want to get my 14 month old to sleep through the night!

Lacey - posted on 07/03/2011

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I think if you want your 14 month old to sleep through the night that eventually you are just going to have to let her cry it out. Have you heard or ever read the book "Babywise?" Might be helpful to you. I would not give her bottles at all in the middle of the night anymore. If she cries, go in rub her back for a few minutes, talk to her and leave. Don't pick her up out of her crib. If she keeps crying I would go in every 10 minutes, rub her back, talk to her, sing to her whatever you have to do to let her know you haven't left her, but that she needs to sleep, until she stops crying and falls back to sleep. You might have to repeat this for a couple of nights, but eventually she will learn how to self soothe and go back to sleep on her own. Self soothe is so important! She is old enough to be able to sleep through the night. She might just be waking up out of habit at this point. Hope this helps...

RENAY - posted on 06/22/2011

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try having her be more active in the evenings or skip naps along with feeding more before bed.

Stacy - posted on 07/03/2011

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Thanks Lacey! I will try your suggestions this week. It will be rough, but I have to do it if I want to get my 14 month old to sleep through the night!

Lacey - posted on 07/03/2011

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I think if you want your 14 month old to sleep through the night that eventually you are just going to have to let her cry it out. Have you heard or ever read the book "Babywise?" Might be helpful to you. I would not give her bottles at all in the middle of the night anymore. If she cries, go in rub her back for a few minutes, talk to her and leave. Don't pick her up out of her crib. If she keeps crying I would go in every 10 minutes, rub her back, talk to her, sing to her whatever you have to do to let her know you haven't left her, but that she needs to sleep, until she stops crying and falls back to sleep. You might have to repeat this for a couple of nights, but eventually she will learn how to self soothe and go back to sleep on her own. Self soothe is so important! She is old enough to be able to sleep through the night. She might just be waking up out of habit at this point. Hope this helps...

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