Jolene - posted on 08/11/2011 ( 5 moms have responded )
My daughter is 20 months and still doesn't fall asleep on her own or stay asleep through the night. The first 3 months of her life she had her own room and slept in her own crib, but then my husband deployed and everything changed. I moved home thinking it would be easier with help, but in turn I think I made a huge mistake. She ended up in my bed and I couldn't get her to sleep in a crib. I fought so long with sleepless nights trying to get her to self-soothe that I eventually gave up from exhaustion. I became so sleep deprived that I was no longer the mom I wanted to be during the day. So, in bed with me she went. Now that my husband is home and we are back in our own place, she has been moved into a twin bed in her own room since she has basically never slept in a crib. My husband and I have tried everything from laying with her until she falls asleep to the CIO. If we let her CIO she gets out of bed and screams at the door. If we lay with her she wants to play and we can be in there for hours. Sometimes even falling asleep ourselves. PLEASE, please help.