getting 15month old to sleep threw the night

Christine - posted on 08/14/2009 ( 9 moms have responded )

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all of sudden my 15month old wakes in middle of night and will not go bk to sleep unless in our bed...help..i get no sleep..any suggestions?

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Tracy - posted on 11/11/2012

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My 15 month old great nephew is living with us. His Mommy kept letting him sleep in her bed to avoid waking the rest of the house members. Trouble now is Mommy's schedule has changed so now my husband and I are the ones trying to get him to sleep. The nights we let him in our bed, we don't sleep well because it's like sleeping with an octopus!! LOL!! We tried rocking him in our arms and then taking him to his crib. That worked for awhile, but lately he wakes immediately upon being put in his crib. After searching the web for advice, we decided we were gonna try the CIO method. It is VERY hard to hear him crying and sometimes even screaming and it didn't seem to work. So back to the web I went. Again the CIO method seems to be the way to go, but saw some people advising putting some soft music on in the room. My thought was that he LOVES when I play my Bruce Springsteen songs while on the computer, he actually points to the computer and smiles when the music starts. So the past 2 nights we have put him to bed awake, with a night light on, the door ajar with the hall light on and a Bruce CD playing, The first few minutes the screaming is pretty bad,(heart wrenching actually!!!) but within minutes it's just a low cry. We go back after 15 minutes, hug and kiss and say it's night night time, lay him back down, leave again and he is asleep within 10 minutes and he's slept ALL NIGHT!!! I go back after 10 minutes of silence to make sure he's covered up. It is very hard at first, but when you wake up the next morning and realize you didn't have to get up during the night it is worth listening to the crying. We're hoping that within a week or so it will be easier and easier. Thanks Circle of Moms for the help!!!!

Shannon - posted on 08/14/2009

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hum... I see what you mean... I worry about the same thing sometimes. I see you just moved and I'm sure your thinking that you don't want to upset anyone already...but you have a baby that's life, they should understand that and if not oh well... you have to look out for you and yours.It should only take a night or two for your lil one to get on track. lol... my neighbors don't really talk to me...lol I guess that's why... Do what you feel you need to do that's all I'm saying. :D

Christine - posted on 08/14/2009

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i would love to let her cry but we live in a 2 family and its not fair to the ppl upstairs..thats my major problem

Shannon - posted on 08/14/2009

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Hi Christine...I'm going to tell you the same thing my Dr. told me... unless she's sick, turn the monitor off...... I know it sounds bad but if you keep coming to the rescue she's going to continue to do it. Just hold out for 20 mins if still crying after that check on her but if she seems fine and not running a temp leave her there... If she's fine in your bed she'll be fine in hers... I know it's hard but a well rested mom is a better mom. I'm just trying to help.... Good luck!

Stephanie - posted on 08/14/2009

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well the move and new place could still be bothering her....



also, if what she wants is to be with you in your bed, once you've let her do it once or twice, she knows if she makes enough of a fuss she'll get her way...!

Christine - posted on 08/14/2009

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its just becoming such a hassle with the kicking and punching in our bed..she always slept soooo good..im not sure if it might be her mattress and we also moved 2 months ago!

Khristine - posted on 08/14/2009

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Most babies do that. My 2 year old does the same thing. Some night she sleeps in her bed, then others she scream and climbs up on my bed. It is just the way they are. There is really nothing you can do, except go with the flow. It will get better later.

Stephanie - posted on 08/14/2009

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arg my daughter is 15 months old today...and i am sure she must be getting her molars coming in, becasue she had a fever yesterday and now its gone, and she was drooling a LOT. but she still does not sleep through the night. i guess partly my fault with bad nighttime habits...she uses the boob as a soother. :(

but the last few nights i have gotten next to no sleep...last night i think maybe 2 hours? She keeps waking up and needs me to put her back to sleep. Usually she is a lot better than this. :( I wish I could help you!



It may be just separation anxiety, or teething, or growth spurt...kids change so much so fast!

Candice - posted on 08/14/2009

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my 15 mo old daughter has bouts of what seems to be insomnia. most nights she stays in her bed with no complaints...some nights she's up for an hour..wide awake. i feed her those nights..seems to help..i think she still has growth spurts. she may also have nightmares..who knows. crazy kids. i just let her get up for an hour, feed her, let her play a bit, and put her back to sleep. it doesn't happen regularly...so i have no idea why she does it. i can't really be mad..i have insomnia in the middle of the night sometimes myself. lol

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