Naps and bedtime sleep , how to get her to sleep ?

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Sarah - posted on 05/13/2016

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Keep in mind an overtired tot will sleep less than a well rested one. so at the first signs of sleepiness (ear tugging, rubbing her nose or eyes, making a certain sound) commence with a nap or off too bed. My eldest would crawl about going "buh, buh, buh" when he was starting to fatigue; took me a while to clue in but it did help is overall sleep routine.

Sarah - posted on 05/13/2016

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Setting and stick to a routine will help to. At 16 months she may still nap twice a day so for example:
6-7 am rise and shine, eat, get dresses and play
930-10 nap for about an hour
11- lunch, then play
130-2 bottle or snack with sippy cup
2-230 down for long anp
430 rise
5 dinner
5:30- begin bedtime routine; quiet play, bath, light snack or bottle, brush teeth, books and snuggles
6:30-7 down for the night.
When you do try to get her down, if you rock her to the point where she is just about asleep then put her down just barely awake and she if she will drift off on her own.
It will take some time but she will get there. A pacifier may be helpful if she has ever used one. Three of my kids were hooked on their "yummy" and they all gave it up with out a fight or any problems with their teeth.

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Jim Arthur - posted on 05/13/2016

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Thank you for the elementry wisdom that should have resurfaced in heart and mind instinctively . It is so easy to become overwhelmed by a little person who ends-up controlling your life. I'm going to hang in there , if I succeed , I'll be of more character .

Dove - posted on 05/13/2016

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What works best really depends on the kid. She is too old/big to swaddle, but she might like a small blanket or stuffed animal to hold. Some kids will rock to sleep. Some do fall asleep during a drive. You may just need to experiment a little and find a compromise between what she wants/needs AND what works best for you.

It's only been 10 days, so just be really patient w/ her. If you want her falling asleep in her bed... keep the room calm and dark (though if she's a bit afraid a small, dim night light). Maybe start w/ laying in bed w/ her and then as time goes on you can move to a chair beside the bed and further out the door until she is falling asleep on her own.

Just some ideas because I do not KNOW what will work for HER... all I've got are suggestions from things I've heard.. or done.

Jim Arthur - posted on 05/13/2016

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She has been with me for 10 days , I will ask for legal guardianship (fairly) soon as I observe the sincerity of their devotion as a family and are they really looking for a job ? He has been excepted at local vocational type school and will be getting a grant and financial aid , but he speaks of getting a car more than adjusting their living arrangements to suit this coming new situation .
Will I need to bundle her , or hold her while squirms until sleep. I hate to think of driving in the car ever night to bring her to sleep.

Dove - posted on 05/13/2016

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How long has she been living w/ you? Do you have temporary legal guardianship? Those questions do have a bit to do w/ the sleeping issue, but also for the situation as a whole.

She is at a pretty prime time for separation anxiety and given the emotional upheaval in her short little life her reaction to sleep time is more than normal.

My own 'cling on' was still breastfed to sleep all the time at that age, BUT... on the nights that it didn't put him to sleep he still had to be right w/ me to fall asleep. We spent years w/ him holding my hand to fall asleep.

Good luck w/ it all!

Jim Arthur - posted on 05/13/2016

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They are trying to find jobs , they are on the other side of town . Their electric has been off , the mother can't handle the pressure?
They are children , 16 and 17. Her dad allowed them to shack-up , the police kept their eyes on me ! So I wouldn't cause trouble !
They are married , they appeared to start-out correctly , but the ways of the world are over powering .

Jim Arthur - posted on 05/13/2016

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She is 16 months , very spirited , I'm trying to program her sleeping schedule to go to bed early and get up early. Her parents were (I guess) late night types,and I mean early morning . I , the grandfather , can bring her to my activities , I think will help her to socialize . She is a screecher and a screamer when I try to put her to bed .

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