Getting daughter to sleep again?

Christina - posted on 06/13/2012 ( 3 moms have responded )

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My daughter, Ella has been a perfect sleeper. Goes to bed and sleeps through the night even when we put her in a toddler bed. I told her once not to get out and she was fine since day 1. Recently Ella has went from getting up at 7/7:30 to 5/6am. My husband and I decided to switch her bedroom and playroom (which we were going to do anyway). Her playroom has a different layout that would work better. Plus i thought with a new comfy mattress/bed she would sleep normal hours again. My problem is that she now has new full size bed and a new room and she cries when I put her in there for nap and bed. She constantly gets up ov and over. I don't know if she's scared or what is going on with her. I do not want to get her in the habit of my staying with her by laying in there....even for a couple of minutes. She never once had a problem sleeping before and I don't know what to do at this point. I keep putting her back over and over and she does end up going to sleep on her own after 30 min to an hour. Did this ever happen to any,ore before and if it did what did you do??

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Belinda - posted on 06/16/2012

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She is still very young, my guess would be that she is overwhelmed with the new bedroom and the new bed. If getting out of bed was happening before you made the move then I think the culprit might be that she is no longer in a crib. Although she stayed in bed previously she is probably just not developmentally ready to stay in bed through the night. Children grow and change and become more aware of their surroundings and the temptation is just too hard to resist. impulse control at this age is pretty much non existent. You have a healthy little girl who sees the opportunity to wander or come and find you and so she does.

In the new bedroom I would go back to the crib until she is at least 2.5, but closer to 3, or even later. This is the age when they seem to 1- understand the concept of staying in bed all night and 2- are able to control the impulse to get out of bed. Think of the crib as adding the sense of security as well. Too much space is not always appreciated by such young children. Sometimes an early transition to a bed work, but when it doesn't then switch back, you have nothing to lose by trying the crib again.

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