Sleep

Kendra - posted on 10/28/2008 ( 5 moms have responded )

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My daughter is 15 months old and STILL does not sleep through the night. In fact, she is typically up every 3-4 hours. She eats a ton during the day and nurses at least 4 times. When she wakes at night, I nurse, put her back in bed and sometimes she stays asleep fine, other times, I have to rub her back to keep her that way. Sometimes, she wakes and thinks that it is playtime. She naps once during the day and sometimes, not even that but we are active and I try to wear her out so that she will sleep. I am not necessarily wanting to totally night wean her and I do not agree with CIO especially with this child since she puts her legs or arms through the crib bars and I HAVE to save them. I just want more solid sleep and we already give tylenol, homeopathic teething drops, a night time routine, and all the other tricks that most people tell you. SO, does ANYONE know of any other way... method, reason, anything that we might try to see if it helps??? I am desperate!!! Thank you!

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Kal - posted on 10/28/2008

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I can empathize with you. My 2 year old still wakes at least twice a night with no stopping in sight. I'm about to the point that I need to do some sleep training, but with our busy schedule and the upcoming holidays, I'm thinking about pushing it off. He still nurses before bed, which my DH is trying to help break, but we haven't been successful yet. We co-slept for the first 8 months, which I honestly feel has a huge impact in his need for mommy to help him get back to sleep. I will have to look up Dr. Gordon and see what his suggestions are.

Kendra - posted on 10/28/2008

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I am also familiar with Gordon's techniques which also do not work for us... I know all children will do a lot of things on their own time but some things are habits that we believe can be taught... sleep being one of them. Like hitting and sharing toys, some behaviors must be taught (or taught against) and while they are work, it must be done. It is just figuring out what works for your kid that is the issue!

Emily - posted on 10/28/2008

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That's too bad that you can't sleep when she is in bed with you. Have you read Dr. Jay Gordon's nightweaning plan? I can't remember the website but google should bring it up. It seems like a lot of work but may help. You know that all children will STTN and own their own schedule, right? It won't last forever! (Please tell me it won't last forever! HA!)

Kendra - posted on 10/28/2008

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I cannot sleep when she is in bed with us. When she is sick, my husband sleeps on the couch and she in bed with me and I do not sleep well at all! Also, she is 15 months and hasn't ever slept in bed with us (except for during illness which is infrequent) so she thinks it is playtime when she is in our bed. She will go to sleep without nursing but didn't last night for some reason... although last night was odd... that usually doesn't happen. I have looked at Dr. Sears and I do not agree with just about anything he says. If I do not nurse, she screams, pulls at my shirt and struggles to get what she wants. My husband has tried to go and calm her instead but again, she gets more agitated. I may (after this weekend) take next week to just walk with her and rock and stuff and not go to the chair at all to try to get her back to sleep without nursing... but we will see. I have also tried only allowing her to do one side... but that doesn't work either. Thanks for the suggestion and for responding!

Emily - posted on 10/28/2008

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How do you feel about co-sleeping? That is a great solution for getting some sleep while BFing. What about partial night-weaning...say no nursing between 11 pm and 6 am or something like that? Will your daughter go to sleep without nursing? My son still doesn't sleep thru either....he will be 15 mths in Nov. He does sleep for a 5-6 hour block and that has made all the difference. I worked on the partial night-weaning. I also partial co-sleep....he starts out in his crib and then his first awaking I take him to my bed and nurse him down and the next time he wakes up I can usually pat him back down. The time that he first awakens is starting to be later and later. The other night was 2 am and I was about to freak! I couldn't believe he slept that long. Anyways, think about what I have to say. I swear that the partial co-sleeping saved my sanity...I can sleep while he nurses and it's amazing! There are very safe ways to do it....check out Dr. Sears' website/books.

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