Donna - posted on 01/10/2010 ( 4 moms have responded )
I'm starting to loose the will to live over this one (not literally obviously...) my little girl (16 months) will not go to sleep. Ever since I had her she has been brilliant about sleeping, from the day she was born she slept right through the night, only half waking for a feed.
At the start of December she was in hospital for nearly 3 weeks, she had a viral infection & had to have an operation on her knee. Long story short, being in hospital, with all the noise & activity has really messed up her daily routine. I thought when we left that I would be able to get her back into her old routine after a few days...but no. She used to wake up at about 8 am, have a nap at about 12, be up again at about 1 or half past 1 & then settle down for the night at about 9. Some people say that's late for her age, but I'm happy with it...or was.
No matter what I do she will not go to bed at night. She's not even tired. I've tried keeping her awake through her nap, no use. I've tried making her nap earlier in the day, not a chance. I've tried waking her up earlier in the morning, makes no difference. I've tried the usual night time routine, food, bath, bed. She screams until I come back into the room to pick her up...and I know the old method was to let them cry themselves to sleep every night until they get the message, but I'm sorry that's cruel. They get upset to the point they make themselves ill & are too young to understand why you are leaving them...plus, what's the point when she's not even tired?
Is anyone else having this problem? Can anyone help?