My 23 month old baby does not sleep well. Any suggestions?

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hi, im 23 years old i have a daughter whos 23months old, i am a single mum and her dad has nothing to do with her at all, me and my daughter live in our own flat,



here is my problem- ever since i gave birth to her ( emergancy c-section) she has been a nightmare at sleeping, she would just scream and scream nothing would stop her, even the hospital didnt know what to do with her!! she was just awfull, she would fall asleep on the bottle then i'd put her in the cot and shed wake up screaming! eventually i put her in bed with me and she slept a little longer maybe a hour then wake up for a 4/5 hours sleep again maybe a hour.



anyway she is now 23months and still doesnt sleep, i have just managed to get her to fall asleep in her own bed it only takes 20mins, she goes to bed at 8, then will wake up at 12ish and that will be it she will stay awake for about 5 hours screaming/playing/laughing/talking/moaning/ then fall asleep about 5 in the morning and then wake up at 7. she sometimes sleeps in the day for 40mins.

during the day she is always running around at the park/garden, at mummy baby groups,

we do lots of playtime, reading, sticking, colouring, puzzles, dancing with music, jumps on her bouncy castle,



she just wont sleep!!!!! im sooooooooo tired of doing this everynite, i just dont no wot 2 do with her! i am at breaking point.

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Sharon - posted on 03/03/2010

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I only ask as some children can become confused about nap time and bed time if their place of sleep is the same.
A suggestion maybe is to keep a diary of what your daughter is doing during the day and what her sleep is like that night.
Does she have a nightlight or any type of music at bedtime?

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stephanie- hi, it makes no difference if she doesnt nap in the day infact it makes it worse because she will go to bed earlier.

the thing is she is tired but just cant stay asleep she has always been like it.

Elna - posted on 03/03/2010

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i read a really great book "the no cry sleep solution". perhaps that'll help? my daughter is 22 months, still waking up lots but at least she falls asleep quickly again, doesn't stay up like yours. shame, i'm sure you're exhausted... some kids just sleep badly. hope it gets better soon!

Stephanie - posted on 03/03/2010

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I have had to deal with my son doing the same thing.. and the only thing that worked was letting him listen to loud music all night ... everything other then that just made him scream that much more.. and all it would do is get us both mad! and cring! I was a single mom until my bf came into our lives. ....maybe she just needs to not take a nap during the day and keep her awake until bed time?

Sharon - posted on 03/03/2010

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I'm sorry to hear that you've been having trouble. I have two children (4 & 2) and have been lucky enough to sort out their sleeping problems. Out of curiosity where does she have her daytime nap?

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yea ive tried letting her cry but she wont give in!! ive tried the 5min thing where you go in, gout for 5mins, go back in,
ive tried sitting with her, but she just wont go back to sleep!!

Meghan - posted on 03/03/2010

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oh good god! I couldn't imagine that. I am assuming that you have tried letting her be and cry herself back to sleep?

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