Kailey - posted on 09/02/2012 ( 19 moms have responded )
I'm a new mother and I do not know what to do about my daughters problem with sleeping. Up until about 3 weeks ago she was a perfect sleeper, we could put her in her crib and she would fall alseep on her own. Now its like she did a complete 360, we can not lay her down for a nap without her screaming her head off. She screams, cries, snot runs from her nose, holds her breath, she does anything and everything to avoid naptime.
We try to distract her with a toy or singing to her and that doesnt work, she just wants to be picked up. The only thing that soothes her is if we pick her up, sing or hum to her, cradle her and sway back and forth while walking around the house - then she drifts off to sleep. We put her in her crib when she fall asleep but sometimes she will wake up when we lay her down and the whole thing starts all over again.
We do not want to get into the habit of rocking her to sleep EVERY nap. Is there anyone else going through the same situation and if so do you have suggestions that may help us. We tried letting her cry it out but she laid in her crib and cried for an hour, so I gave in and walked around with her until she feel asleep. PLEASE HELP.