How do I get my 15 month old to sleep through the night?

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Kate - posted on 11/01/2010

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I have a 13 month old and we are transitioning her to her crib. I started by putting her in her crib just for naps for the first month. Now I am putting her into her crib at night. I am trying to night wean as well. We have had some setbacks, but she has slept through the night a couple of times. I am down to 2-3 feedings a night instead of 5-6, and the night nursing is only 5-10 minutes. I DO NOT recommend the Ferber method. I read The No Cry Sleep Solution by Elizabeth Pantley, she has great methods for cosleeping babies. Also, here is a link to an article by Dr. Jay Gordon about night weaning and cosleeping that has great advice. http://drjaygordon.com/attachment/sleepp...

I believe the most important thing is to develop a plan and then be consistent with it. Letting your child cry just teaches them not to trust you and makes you feel guilty, IMHO...

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Christy - posted on 11/03/2010

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Sleep is a developmental stage that all children will reach on their own, at their own pace, if allowed to. All children will sleep, how they sleep, and parents have a choice to comfort or not. You are not doing anything wrong if your child does not sleep through the night. And if the advice you get regarding sleep doesn't feel right to you, don't do it. Always follow your mama instinct and do what feels right.

Nicky - posted on 10/30/2010

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It really is hard, isn't it? My 15 month old slept through the night for a few months but bgan waking up every night in the early hours ans will not go back to sleep without a bottle- so many people on here say 'cry it out' but to honest I think thats a bit mean and I can't stand the noise! So for mine and the neighbours sanity I give a bottle then he settles pretty quickly. I work part time with patients all day so I need to be on the ball- or at least appear to be!! I'm hoping this exhausting phase will soon pass so I can feel human again!

Angie - posted on 12/04/2008

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I have the same problem. My 14 month old gets up at around 2:30 every morning and will not go back to sleep without a bottle. He doesn't take one any other time but he will not go back to sleep without it. I think he wakes up out of habit. I would really love to be able to let him cry it out but I don't think I can (and I have to go to work the next day). He has been in our bed since 6 months old when he had a double ear infection and never left.

Michelle - posted on 12/03/2008

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I can't let my kid cry it out. Not my parenting style. With my first I just slowly weaned and tada it was done, she slept through the night. I was hoping someone had a quick tip. We are night weaning, it is hard but I feel it is more of a gentle approach, and way easier on the ears.
oh, I can't wait to have more than 4 hours of solid sleep!!!!
Thanks for all of the advice!!!

Shanon - posted on 12/02/2008

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i recently went through this with my 9 month old, i put her to bed and i would let her cry for 10 minutes at first then go in, but didn't take her out of the crib, just layed her back down gave her her soother and left again, usually by the third trip in, she would fall asleep, i was told most children will usually only cry for about 20-30 minutes before they wear themselves out. if she woke in the night, i would let her cry herself to sleep again. i also gave her a bottle before bed, so she wouldn't wake up hungry in the middle of the night. it only took 2 painful nights before she slept through a full night. good luck.

Michelle - posted on 12/02/2008

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I would like to know aswell.
We are going to try weaning, but we co-sleep. Could be tricky!

User - posted on 12/02/2008

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I did Ferber method sleep-training with my son when he was about 10 months old and he was sleeping through the night 3 days later AND going to sleep without crying. They were almost the 3 hardest nights of my life, but it was SO worth it - the difference was night and day. Every kid is different and it may not work for you, but for us, it was an absolute life-saver.

Tarilyn - posted on 12/02/2008

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Sleep training! I know it sucks, but you need to do it to get your little one to sleep through the night! Let your child cry during the night. My daughter has night terrors and I HATE letting her cry it out, BUT I know I have to. So, just let your little one cry it out. If he cries for more then 10-15 minutes (however long you feel most comfortable letting him cry...you can also slowly work up to that long), then go ahead and feel free to go get him. If he's still in a crib, then you know he is fine and can't hurt himself (unfortunately my little one was out of her crib by 12 months). Sometimes by leaving a couple of soft toys in the crib with him, you can let him play in the middle of the night instead of going to get him! It takes a lot of time usually and a LOT of patience. But it does get easier and it does get better. Just let him cry and try and get some sleep. That's really all you can do! Good luck with it!! Let me know if you need some more help!!!

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