Jodi - posted on 09/08/2010 ( 34 moms have responded )
My husband and I are trying to sleep train my 18 month old daughter,it is NOT going well. We've been working at it for about 3 months now with nearly no success. First, we tried the whole sitting by her bed, pat her back and over time move away. We tried that for about a month, every time we tried to move, even if she's asleep, she starts screaming. Then we tried leading her back to her bed everytime she gets up. 4 hours of that every night for about a week and she finally would fall asleep...for about an hour. Then it would start all over. We tried that for about 2 and a half weeks with no luck. I even tried controlled crying. After about an hour of this she just stands at her gate, doesn't cry or anything, just stands there, awake, for hours. She will be awake until 2 or 3 in the morning just standing at her gate. Now we try a combination of everything, sitting by her bed, moving away despite screaming, controlled crying for a while, lead her back to bed hundreds of time each night. She might fall asleep for an hour...at best 2 hours...but when she wakes up, it takes 3 or 4 hours to get her back to sleep. I am at my wits end.
I am nearly 5 months pregnant, I cannot be doing this now and I certainly can't be doing it once the baby comes. We all need sleep and no one is getting it, but she simply cannot sleep with me anymore!
PLEASE, any advice, encouragement, support or suggestions may very well save my sanity!