My son is 13 months old and still doesn't sleep thru the night. I get up EVERY night and put him in bed with my husband and I or go to bed with him in another room! I am 5 1/2 months pregnant and need him to sleep thru the night in order to care for the new baby & brest feed.... any ideas, I've been thinking of putting a tv in his room, have a sound machine, let him cry and cry till I can't stand it, nothing seems to be working!

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Erica - posted on 01/16/2009

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At that age my daughter still seemed to young to really sleep on her own, well. I wish you great luck though! there was a great post under breastfeeding moms about a way of getting a child to stop looking for you at night that involved having DADDY be the one to go to him, to get him to understand you are no longer available for night feedings. If you want to make sure he is out of your bed, that sounded like it might work!
Also, Emily, just wanted to say, I keep finding your response on the threads I respond to, and I agree with you on so many things! You give great advice.

Emily - posted on 12/27/2008

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white noise machines are great. If you use a night-light make sure it's a more blue light (instead of yellow or orange) so it doesn't disrupt his sleep patterns.

Read the "No-Cry Sleep Solution" by Elizabeth Pantley. She's got some great tips on moving kids to their own beds, getting them to sleep through the night, and generally just fall asleep on their own.

That said... I've BTDT twice. My first two are 12 months apart, my second and third are 19 months apart. None of my kids have completely slept through the night until at least 2. We definitely co-slept as much as needed so we could all get some sleep, and daddy was required to deal with night wakings of the older ones once there was a newborn (unless I was breastfeeding a toddler too... we got pretty good at nursing two babies while lying down for a while). Even now, my 2 1/2 year old comes into our room 3-4 times a week. She doesn't bother me anymore, she just climbs up and curls up with daddy.

We also found that a side-carred crib was a lifesaver while co-sleeping with more than one. It gave us so much more room and I didn't worry about a baby falling off the bed. When #3 was born we would often end up with all five of us in one bed. Newborn in the crib, me halfway in the crib, and halfway on the bed, #2 between DH and I, and #1 on the other side of DH.

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