Toddler sleeping issues

Camille - posted on 06/13/2015 ( 6 moms have responded )

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My 20 month old has stopped going off to sleep in her own bed (crib). We went away on holiday for 2 weeks, where she shared a bed with mum and dad. Upon returning, it has been difficult to get her back in to routine. She goes in her bed but if i dont stay in the room she cries untill she throws up. I now have a matress on the floor in her room, some nights i have to sleep the night, i really dont agree with what im doing but i dont want to give in by letting her sleep in our bed and i dont like cleaning up spew every bed time. What else can i try???

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Camille - posted on 06/14/2015

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Thats what im thinking shawnn.....it doesnt help aswell her eye teeth are trying to cut through, thats probably half my problem!

♫ Shawnn ♪♫♫ - posted on 06/14/2015

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Sounds like it may be time to transition to a toddler bed, so that you can tell her that big sisters sleep in big kid beds...make it an incentive

Camille - posted on 06/14/2015

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Yes i tell her im just in the other room. I tell her its sleep time and mum and dad are going to sleep. As soon as i say anything about leaving the room now the crying starts. I explain to her this is your room you sleep here and mummy sleeps in mummies room. I try doing the leave her for 5 mins. Then leave for 10 mins and so on but her father doesnt like her crying so he starts getting frantic. Its very annoying and ive explained to him a thousand times that he needs to let her cry. Ive been so fed up that i say to him he can deal with it and eventually he lets her get up.

Will i ever win???

Michelle - posted on 06/13/2015

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When you have tried to get her to go to sleep on her own have you just left her to cry or have you gone in and comforted her and told her that you aren't far away and that it's bedtime?
I agree that her getting that worked up isn't going to get her to sleep but you need to stop it before it gets to that stage. You need to explain to her that she's a big girl now and that she needs to go to bed in her big girls bed. You can go in and read a book with her or even sing her a lullaby but make sure knows that you will be leaving the room. If she does start crying let her know that you are just in the other room. You need to make sure you are talking calmly to her and even give her a big cuddle.
It shouldn't take too long to get her back into the routine.

Camille - posted on 06/13/2015

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She did have a toy which stayed in her crib. But 2 nights ago i had to throw all the stuffed toys on the floor to keep her happy. She is always asking for the tablet to watch her favourite movie, which i was letting her have but i dont want that to become a habit so tonight i said no. She complained but eventually went off to sleep holding my hand.
i had no problems transitioning into her own room around 14 months she loved her new room, i did this as im pregnant with number 2 on the way and didnt want her to think she was being moved out for the new baby. So together we moved her crib and set everything up, she was excited to sleep her first night in there. We have been back from holiday 3 weeks now and every night is a struggle.

Sheena - posted on 06/13/2015

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Hi Camille- Does your child have a favorite stuff animal? I would try making a big deal about getting ready for bed and making sure your toddler has his/her favorite item when its time for bed and then try reading a story... And give your love and stay "Ok..you have your stuff animal here and Im sure "Mr. Rabbit" is very sleepy- we are home now and its ok to sleep in your bed and Im sure Mr. Rabbit misses your room. Then just hug and kiss and walk away. If he or she cries... I would just keep at it and sooner or later the crying will stop and the regular sleeping habits will be back in play. Dont give up!!! And keep trying different things. The sooner you get this back to normal...the better. :) Good luck Camille
-Sheena

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