Tips on getting my 17 month old to sleep through the night in his crib?

Clare - posted on 03/27/2011 ( 3 moms have responded )

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My son is 17 months old. He has only slept through the night a handful of times since he was born... I desperately need to get him sleeping through the night within the next 7 month since I am going to be having another. He starts off in his crib, wakes up crying, then ends up in bed with my husband and me. Once #2 gets here, im not going to be able to deal with two babies up all noght. PLEASE HELP ME!

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Leah - posted on 03/29/2011

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i think you need to break the habit of putting him in bed with you and your husband. Hes old enough now to know if he cries he is going to get his way. I used the cry it out method on my boy (when he was 6 months) and evr since then hes a great sleeper, but like Patrice said, just listen to the cry, and if hes just fussing maybe just leave him for a few minutes see what he does

Patrice - posted on 03/28/2011

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Hi. When he wakes up in the middle of the night is he wailing?? or just fussing?? When we had to break our son Chance from the middle of the night thing we let him cry. It was a long night and he did go to sleep and wake up and cry more. The next night he slept thru the night and has ever since. I think he is old enough for a lil tough love, A new lease on how night time is gonna be. I must say I am NOT a fan of the cry it out method, So the cry is our guide, You know your child, You know if the cry is truely out of troubled sleep or just used to the trip to parents bed right about now.. We make sure the bedtime ritual is respected. it is the same every night and is not rushed so there is time to wind down. Our son is thriving now as he sleeps well thru the night. and I feel amazing as well.

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Nikki - posted on 04/02/2011

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Hi, my daughter has slept thru the night ever since she was 4 months old. One day I just realized she doesn't need to wake up for any reason, at the time it was for a bottle, but now, she sleeps anywhere from 9 or 10 to 8 or 9 in the morning. And I agree, the way I feel is much better. If you give him a drink of any kind overnight, halt that. My daughter used to wake up when she stayed with her dad, and he gave her a drink overnight. It kind of recharged her bc then she was awake. So I stopped that, and perhaps he may not be comfortable? Alot of it with my daughter in her crib was not getting comfortable. My bed is super comfy so I upgraded her to a toddler bed at 1 year. Now she is 2 and the toddler bed is much more comfortable for her. If all else fails, lay with him in his room instead of you bringing him to your room. That works really well and it's not making him move to get up and feel more energized. He just stays put. I hope this helps.

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