Jessica - posted on 01/03/2011 ( 6 moms have responded )
My daughter turned 2 this past Thursday and it's a real treat if she sleeps through the night. We have tried every nap combo during the day (including no nap which makes it worse.). We try as hard as we can to keep a "routine" but my husband and I work opposite shifts and we also have 2 other kids in the house (14 & 11), getting them to quiet down at 7, 8, even 9 at night is world ending. So it's really hard to get on a solid schedule. Not to mention our lil' peanut is a night owl anyway. She likes to be up until 10, 11 even midnight sometimes, and trying to get her to settle down before she's ready is... well she's 2 you know. lol Our last resort is turn her crib into a bed, (which it's meant to be.. ) and seeing if not sleeping behind bars will help her A: sleep in her own room (most of the time she sleeps on her lil' couch in the living room or w/me on the couch. I rarely sleep in our be w/her. Don't want to imagine what that habit would like to break if we can't break this one! lol ) and B: sleep through the night. ANY and I mean ANY other helpful hints would be nice. I realize that all kids are different and some just don't need as much sleep as others. However, she's so busy all day long that I'm exhausted and then have to work until 11/12 at night, sleep for 2 maybe 3 hours and then get her settled back down and sleep uncomfortably the rest of night. So I'm not getting great sleep. OH what a vicious cycle. lol Again and I welcome any and all advice. Thank you for listening to me rant. I really didn't intend to go on this long. But I figured a lil' background might help.