Sleeping problems

Petty - posted on 10/30/2009 ( 5 moms have responded )





I have a question: I have the worst time with Amber Leanne when it is nap time or bed time at night. She is always throwing a big fit. Standing in her bed and screaming her baby lungs out and of course not sleeping. It was good last week. I read a fairy tale, I sang a song, held her hand for about 5 minutes and then left the room. She started crying then, too, but I can talk over the babyphone with her and after a few second she got quiet and fell asleep on her own. Not anymore since two days ago. She is back to the "throwing a fit" until nap time is over. Then I take her out of bed and of course she is tired and bitchy. I am not doing very well with the whole screaming method. Did any of you have problems like this? Any solutions? I don´t feel like staying in the room with her until she falls asleep.

Any help would be great.




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Latiya - posted on 11/14/2009




Hi Petty. I fully agree with Elisa' comment about letting her cry it out, although this seems like a cruel method you and your little girl will definitely benefit from it. My little girl is 15months and has slept through the night and has 2 naps during the day since she was six months. When i first started out id only leave her to cry for 5mins and then go in and settle her down after 5mins was up (without removing her from her cot), walk out and start over. Gradually I increased the time frame to 10mins and so on. If she ever stopped crying for a while and started again Id start the timer all over. She eventually got used to the idea settled down and realised that those were her nap times and that was that. Speaking to her and saying things like "time for buh byes" and "goodnight" will help her associate sleep to these sayings. I hope this helps a little. Good luck, Im sure your little angel will get through this :)

Kelsie - posted on 11/06/2009




ROUTINE ROUTINE ROUTINE...figure out an activity like going outside for 15 minutes or walking around the block right before you are going to put her down. Feed her and then activity time, then change her and put her down...the outside air will help drain the excess energy she may have and the full belly will make her tired. My son has a rainforest baby soother that used to be in his crib...I turn that on and leave the room. He has his little stuffed dog and his soother and he goes to sleep. That doesnt mean he doesnt cry for a bit sometimes...but he goes to sleep. Crying never hurt anybody...and once she learns that you arent going to get her up just because shes crying...she will learn that she is gonna have to nap. no option. but the routine is so important. once she gets it down and she learns what nap time is can vary the routine...but she has to get it first. Oh...and my son gets his sippy with ONLY water...cuz even I get thirsty sometimes at I give him that luxury...but ONLY water to help prevent tooth decay. GOOD LUCK!

Elisa - posted on 11/03/2009




I know the screaming method you said is not working for you but have you tried to let her cry it out, at least until she puts herself to sleep? I know that sounds horrible, but it's the only thing that helped my husband and I. If you were to follow your normal routine with reading etc then left the room without going back in or trying to talk to her through the babyphone how long do you think she would cry for or how long has she cried? My husband and I unfortunately had to end up resulting to this and now our daughter will only fuss for maybe 5 minutes then put herself to sleep. We have Fans in the room with her for White Noise and have her Stuffed Animal that plays music for 10 minutes. The only thing we regret is not doing it sooner as it totally helped. It did take a couple weeks though for the transition, so don't except results overnight.

Jamie - posted on 11/03/2009




Yes, make sure she if full and that she isn't wet. My daughter usually goes right to bed all the time, unless she is wet. She will fuss and fuss and cry...then it dawns on me she peed and can't fall asleep!
Have you tried a sound machine? I have a fan in her room for white noise,and her fav stuffed animal is the best combo.

Rachel - posted on 10/31/2009




make sure she has plenty to eat and drink before putting her down for a nap or bed. you can leave a toy in the crib to play with. we also close the curtains and make the room very dark for nap time. we did go through the screaming for a few days but once she knew the routine she has been great! the trick is to do the same steps when getting ready for bed/nap.

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