I NEED HELP!!!!

Kelsey - posted on 07/10/2012 ( 3 moms have responded )

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My daughter is two weeks shy of 16 months She used to go to bed great and sleep somewhat decent. now for the past few weeks she has been SCREAMING at night time as soon as we put her down no matter what time it is. it will take her anywhere from 10 minutes to 3 hours to finally fall asleep and stop crying but then she will wake up an hour later screaming some more. The last couple days i couldnt take it and i would take her out and just hold her but only I can do that my husband (her father) Cant even do that she will scream even harder. could she have separation anxiety or what she has to be on my chest. We tried switching her to a toddler bed thinking maybe she feels trapped but that didn't help any LOL has anyone else been through this or is going through this that can help me out please. WE NEED SLEEP!

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Louise - posted on 07/11/2012

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There is nothing worse than sleep deprivation and it does affect the entire family. I hope it works it did for my little one. She has had a night bear since she was about 1 and as long as snuggle teddy comes with us she will sleep any where. Good Luck!

Louise - posted on 07/11/2012

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This is anxiety and if you pick her up and cuddle her (which is the natural thing for a mother to do) then this is going to make it worse. Buy her a teddy (a snuggle is good, a teddy head with a blanket body) rub it around you to get your smell on it, call it bedtime bear and place it in her bed, she can only have teddy at bedtime and in her bed it is special. When you put her to bed make a big fuss of teddy and give it to her to cuddle. When she starts to cry hand her the teddy and leave the room. Let her cry for a short while, go back in dont speak to her or give her eye contact, lie her down and give her the teddy to cuddle and leave, keep doing this, all night if you have to. Ususally it takes 3 nights to get the message across that you are not going to react to her demand to be held (heart wrenching for mum). She will then stop screaming for you and change her attention to teddy.

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Kelsey - posted on 07/11/2012

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That's what i figured it was. Thank you so much for the advice i will def give that a try and see how that goes hopefully we can all get some sleep it just stinks because she shares a room with our other daughter who is 3.5 so i feel bad for her.

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