Jessica - posted on 01/08/2013 ( 6 moms have responded )
My 14 month old daughter struggles to sleep through the night. I think I can count on 1 hand how many times she has slept through the night since she was born. She has been sleeping in her crib in her room since she was about 8 weeks old. She has a consistent night time routine and goes to bed between 7:30 and 8:00 every night. She puts herself to sleep (I do not put her to bed already asleep). And she loves to sleep! She will even tell me if she wants to go to bed and I'm not moving fast enough.
However, she consistently wakes up between 11 and 12 every night. Occasionally she will just whine a little and toss and turn and then go back to sleep, but more often than not she will toss and turn for hours and progressively get more and more upset if I don't go in and rock her or give her a bottle.
I know she is old enough that she should not need a bottle in the middle of the night. I have reduced the amount of the bottle down to no more than 2 oz, but it seems the bottle is the key to get her to go back to sleep.
The other issue is that just when I feel like I'm making progress and we are getting closer to getting rid of the night waking (I won't have to give her a bottle until around 4 or so in the morning), she goes to see her father for a night (she has 1 overnight with him every other weekend) and we are back at square one when she comes back home.
I'm at a loss for how to get rid of this night waking. Any help or suggestions is welcomed and appreciated!