How to help my daughter adjust to our move.

Deidre - posted on 07/26/2012 ( 3 moms have responded )

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My daughter is 20 months and has always been a very good sleeper. She started sleeping through the night at just a couple months old and I haven't had a problem getting her to sleep anywhere anytime no matter what. In January I got married and he is in the Army so we recently moved. It was her first major change and now she won't go to sleep at nap time or bed time without screaming for at least 20 min. I have tried everything I can think of to help. She is on a very regular schedule as far as nap times and bed times. She has the same bed time routine as she did before we moved. I have tried singing, reading, just sitting with her and she will be fine even tell me night night but the second I leave her room she starts screaming... any suggestions to help her settle into things and stop the screaming?

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Deidre - posted on 08/03/2012

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We switched her from crib to toddler bed a few months ago and it didn't seem to bother her but I will try putting the mattress on the floor and leaving the door open. Thanks!!!

Tamara - posted on 07/31/2012

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My son was a great sleeper once he started sleeping through the night. He'd go to bed awake and play until he fell asleep minutes later. However, around 18 mos. he started waking and screaming for no reason. That is when I decided to take him out of his crib. For some reason, that worked for him. I just put his crib mattress on the floor so even if he rolled off he was just a few inches off the ground. He started sleeping fine again, so I can't help but think something in the crib was uncomfortable or scaring him. If your daughter is still in her crib you might try moving her out of it and see if that helps. We also used nightlights and had to start leaving his door open. It could be that her fear is you leaving and not coming back since some of her familiar surroundings have "left." You might even try leaving her with your shirt or robe or something that smells like you. Several times I'd take the shirt off my back and give it to my son to help him fall asleep. Sounds like you are keeping everything as consistent as possible, which is good. Hopefully she is just struggling to adjust and will begin to settle into her new surroundings soon!

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