getting baby to sleep

Sharon - posted on 01/29/2013 ( 7 moms have responded )

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hey all,

my 14 month old daughter has slept latched on to me, in my bed until now when i am trying to get her to sleep in her own bed, she has started walking and i have never found it safe for her to be in my bed, but had no other choose, she will scream if i put her down, i don't no what to do, i keep trying to put her down and walk out room, even sat in room and not looked at her, she only has one breastfed a day, which is the night feed she will eat 3 solid meals a day, please help me

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Kzed - posted on 01/31/2013

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Do you use a bed rail? My daughter slept with us, was breasted until 16 months, and I found it safer with the railing. When she was about 20 months old, she started sleeping in her own bed (we moved and switched her right to a "big girl" bed at this age). I found that having a set routine helped: bath, teeth brushing, story, singing a lullaby and then sleep helped. She is 28 months now and I still have to lie down next to her and wait for her to fall asleep (or almost asleep) before I can leave her side, though.

Christina - posted on 01/29/2013

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Do you mean "latched on" as in literally "latched on"? If you don't mind cosleeping, maybe a less severe approach would be still cosleeping but cutting out the breastfeeding. We have always coslept with our kids. That being said, I can tell you that around 3 years old, my oldest naturally was just fine sleeping on her own. Sometimes they grow out of things on their own.

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Maria Angela - posted on 02/05/2013

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Our son is almost four and he sleeps with us. I find this to be quite natural and helps to build a feeling of safety and security in the child. Slowly we are preparing him to sleep on his own, by redesigning his room, but he still believes we should all sleep together. My husband and I sleep in the spare bedroom until he wakes for water and asks for us....:)

Christine - posted on 02/05/2013

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You might want to just let her sleep with you until she is ready not to. It might makes things alot easier for you. If not, there are things you can do to gradually get her to sleep by herself. You start by lying down with her in her bed. Next step is to sit on the end of her bed. Next step you sit by her door. Next step you sit outside of her door, etc. until she is able to sleep by herself.

Sharon - posted on 02/02/2013

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thanks, i thought i was the only one, i have tried for the past two night by putting a cot mattress on the floor, in the space we do have left, and she has took to that, but with me laying on floor next to her

Carrie - posted on 02/02/2013

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I was the same,my daughter literally latched on to me all night basically breastfeeding all night. When she was about 12 months old I put her in her crib. I had gone through it with my son putting him in the crib and it was horrible he literally cried for three hours or more but by the third night he was sleeping in his own bed without crying. I thought my daughter would be worse b/c I had weaned my son from breastfeeding to sleep when I put him in the crib but I didnt wean my daughter from that, and she is way more attached to me. But luckily she cryed for about 1/2 hour the first night and the second about 5 mins. I did not go in her room once I put her in, Just put her in her own crib and left the room and let her cry I know it sounds horrible but if its safer and will help everyone get better sleep. We also put a dreamlight and a white noise maker in her room which helped. She was great for about a month or so then she would wake up in the middle of the night and I felt bad so I would breastfeed her in our room laying down for about a half hour then put her back in her crib,then she started making it a habit and I had to just let her cry herself to sleep when she would wake up in the night. Then again she was sleeping through the night. I know how you feel I felt so guilty about doing this before I did it but in the long run its worth it, my daughter and son got 100% better sleep after and I got better sleep too. My daughter never slept through the night when she slept with us now she does. Good luck!
Carrie

User - posted on 01/30/2013

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my boy is the same age, about four weeks ago i put him to bed in his cot and tapped his back, rubbed his tummy and pated is head till he went to sleep. i stopped breastfeeding him the next day. When his nap time came around i put him in his bed said "sleep time" and did the same as the night before. I now put him in is cot and walk away after saying "bed time". he knows what it means:) lol We have good bed/nap times where he doesn't cry but every now and then he will crack it and scream the hole nap time. i dont let him get to worked up i just keep going in, lay him back down and say "sleep time" till he is asleep or the hour he would of been asleep passes and i take him out. hope this works some

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