Sleeping Tantrums

Renette Nicolene - posted on 10/21/2015 ( 4 moms have responded )

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My 13 Month old daughter is throwing tantrums when i put her to bed at night she sits up in the wooden cot and then all of a sudden moves to the corner and starts her fit sometimes she hits her head on the cot and i am scared she might get hurt how do i handle this do i walk out and ignore her and let her fall asleep on her own or do i give in and cradle her to sleep

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Dove - posted on 10/21/2015

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Well... as for my other child... I nursed him every night til 3.25 years old and still co-sleep at 7.5... lol I'd still never leave a child to cry themselves to sleep. That is messed up. A few minutes of minor whining is one thing, but leaving them to freak out and tantrum to sleep? Not OK.

Rachael - posted on 10/21/2015

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I think that it depends on the child so obviously there is no one size fit all answer. We can all offer solutions as a support network and you try things until you find a solution that works best for you. I would say to let her fall asleep on her own.My son does the same thing and this solution works best for us. Your daughter is about that age which is typically 15 months where she will begin to assert herself more. Nine times out of ten, she is just a big ball of energy and wants to play some more. This is a good age to have a separate bedroom for her since coming in will only encourage the crying. Try not to worry so much about the headbanging unless you suspect a concussion because by now the soft spot she had after birth on her head may be hard. My son actually does this at times to comfort himself. If it hurts too much she will stop. I guess it started hurting because I've just thought about the fact that he hasn't done that in a while, but as far as non-intentional bumping there is nothing you can do about it but take her to the doctor if you suspect a concussion. My son hits his head on the crib all the time and he is fine, at least I hope he is.

Dove - posted on 10/21/2015

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She's still little... go ahead and rock her to sleep.. or at least until she is almost asleep. Do not walk away from your young toddler and let her cry herself to sleep. That's just cruel.

I nursed my twins to sleep for 15 months and rocked them to sleep for another month. They were 'addicted' to their pacifiers, so they went to sleep well on their own after that... but THEY were ready. They are almost 14 years old now... so sleep just fine. ;)

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Renette Nicolene - posted on 10/21/2015

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Thank you very much it is really helpfull all the ideas on what to do well last night went smoothly i changed the routine a little and instead of crying when put to bed i gave her her bottle like i usually do but with the bottle i gave her a soft teddy bear or actually a cow but she snuggled into that and fell asleep quicker instead of bathing her straight away after coming home i first put her down to play and gave her her supper only bathed her a hour later than usual well will do that tonight again and see if its going as smooth as last night

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