Anyone sleep train their 1 year old?

Maureen - posted on 06/05/2012 ( 8 moms have responded )

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I am looking for any advice or procedure of sleep training. My son sometimes will sleep through the night but lately has been waking up in the night. i am able to get him back to sleep by rocking him. I know this isn't the best practice so I am in need of any advice/suggestions.
Thanks

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Merry - posted on 06/20/2012

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We share a bed with my one year old and she nurses about 3-4 times a night. From what I've learned this is normal and fine! Even adults wake in the night but babies need to be parented often and so it's no surprise they need help falling back asleep.
Rocking him to sleep is a WONDERFUL thing to do! When he's 18 do you think you will regret holding him close and comforting him when he was a wee baby?
What do you think will happen if you snuggle him too much lol. They all grow up eventually so why not enjoy the time while they're young and really NEED us :)

Ali - posted on 06/07/2012

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My son is 12 months old and I have rocked him to sleep every night since he was born. We also get up 1-2 times a night for a bottle and then it's back to sleep. I have gone back and forth about sleep training him and I just can't let him CIO. We are doing what works for us now and I am hoping he will transition into healthy and happy sleep patterns as we go through toddlerhood.

Sarah - posted on 06/05/2012

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Sounds like your son is sleeping great to me.
Although I believe that babies should be helped to sleep, so that they feel safe about their surroundings and at ease with the thought of sleep.

My son is bottlefed to sleep and still wakes up 1-2 times a night, and has yet to sleep through the night, so sounds like you're pretty lucky.

You cannot force your child to sleep better, he will with time. He's doing great for his age, don't push him into doing something that his body is not physically ready for yet.

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Michele - posted on 06/19/2012

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My LO is sleeping pretty consistently through the night. We don't let her CIO for more than 10 minutes. If it's more than that, I'll rock and nurse her till she is out again. Granted, I started with just 2 minutes for my sake, then upped by two minutes each month. I don't think we're going more than 10 minutes total for CIO. She cries out every once in a while in the middle of the night, but it's like for maybe 30 seconds. It's enough for me to startle up and hit the digital timer I keep by my bed to see how long she cries. It's a kitchen timer that I set at 10 minutes before I go to bed. That way I know it's been exactly ___ minutes of crying (or 22 seconds).

If he wakes up, try just soothing him without picking him up for the first 5 minutes. I would just reposition my baby and sooth her with my hands and voice. It was rough at first, but they learn to realize that someone is there, and can go back to sleep.

Also, have you considered some white noise of a sort to help? We have a fan on in her room for that on occasion.

The other moms are right - it just takes time.

Stacey - posted on 06/13/2012

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I'm currently sleep training my 1 year old. I have always held her to sleep but lately she has been very restless as she's getting bigger and it's harder for her to get comfortable on me. The first night went great, second night not so great but last night she went to sleep without a peep and slept through the night. Everyone says it gets easier and so far it has. She would occassionally sleep through the night before and other nights she would be up on average of twice a night. Letting them cry is so hard but it will be worth it in the end.

Maureen - posted on 06/08/2012

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Thanks for all of your help, I feel much better that I am not only only one!!!!!

Jennifer - posted on 06/06/2012

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Maureen, if you look down a few treads in the may 2011 babies first page, there's a thread about all the babies still not sleeping thru the night. You're not alone!!! ;-)

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