help please with sleep

Stacey - posted on 01/07/2010 ( 3 moms have responded )

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hi everyone, my daughter Tahlia is now 19 months old she has always been a perfect sleeper (slept through the night at 9wks) we have never had a problem! now all of a sudden the words "time for bed" she starts to cry and then cry's and yells out to us for at least an hr or more before going to sleep and is also waking up in the middle of the night and will do the same thing again for an hr or two??? i have tired to leave her and go back to sleep on her own...i have tired soothing her both in her cot and out with cuddles! she is fine with us there but as soon as we leave or get close to her bedroom room it starts all over again! nothing has changed in her bed time routine nor has anything in her bedroom changed please if anyone has any ideas or advice on how to help it would be great! thanks stacey

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Darla - posted on 01/09/2010

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I agree with Renee on part of that...my daughter is almost 20 months and recently she has had a more difficult time with going to bed. Now we've tried to start a little earlier with the bedtime routine and telling her ahead of time how much time she has left before bed (ie..."after we finish this game it will be time for bath and then time for bed") That way it's not "sudden" to her that bedtime is coming and she has a little more time to prepare herself for it. She also has a few more options and we're trying to let her choose more things on her own to foster the feeling of independence (giving her a choice of pjs out of two sets, etc). She also turns out the lights and "helps" get everything ready for bed. Hope things work out for you!

User - posted on 01/09/2010

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My son has been getting very particular about what he wants for bedtime. He has started to want to wear his PJ pants OVER his sleepers, have certain toys in his crib, a certain book in his crib, etc. Each night he picks a couple of toys that he wants, which book he wants, etc and puts them in his crib prior to going to bed. He will also wake in the middle of the night, and I can hear him fuss for a few minutes then I can hear him talking to his toys and playing his music. I don't mention bed time until we are going to carry him up to his room. Then we turn off the TV and the lights around the house. He waves "night night" to the cats as well.
Maybe she is "tired" of the same old bedtime routine...Maybe let her have some "control" in her bedtime routine like picking a toy or book to bring to bed with her...

Marianne - posted on 01/09/2010

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This is a tough one. My husband has perfected a method of putting my daughter to bed that doesn't work for me but works for him pretty much every time. He takes her to bed and lays down with her in the light. He talks to her for a few minutes and maybe sings a song. Then, he tucks her in and gives her a book or a doll or both, kisses her goodnight and leaves, turning the light out as he goes. She cries and screams for an hour when I try this, but it works for him. He also has greater success putting her back to sleep at night. If you can, maybe Daddy could put her to bed. Give her a nightlight. Leave the door open. Good luck! I hope you find something that works.

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