Bedtime Routine

Siobhan - posted on 10/31/2010 ( 1 mom has responded )

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My daughter is 14 months old and i am stuggling with getting her to sleep through the night in her cot. I was quite late putting her into her cot so i am paying the price now. She has slept through night since about 3 weeks old but only when she is with me. I started putting her into her cot about 2 months ago. She has her tea around 5.30-6 then she has a bath and plays till bout 7.30-8. Then i give her a bottle in her cot and she doe fall asleep, sometimes without the bottle but she wakes up within 2-3 hours and its really hard to get her to fall back to sleep in her cot. The longest she slept was til 2.30 but that only happened once. Last night she sugested she was tired and went to the stairs to go to bed and went to her cot, so she knows she goes in her cot at night time, so its just getting her 2 sleep through! Has anybody got any tips that could help me thankyou

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Babies and toddlers are physiologically made to sleep in REM throughout the night in order for brain reparation. All day long they are bombarded with a million new sensations, pictures, words, motions, sounds, movements, etc etc etc etc. During naps they are so PHYSICALLY exhausted so they sleep in DEEP sleep. At night though, their brain puts their body in REM or light sleep. That is the only sleep in which their brains can repair, sort out new information and build new cells. Any noise, even their own breathing, can wake them from this. It's unfortunate but it is how they develop!

Also, babies are more comfortable with mom and or dad because during the day you give them comfort and reassurance. At night, alone in their crib, they don't get that which is why it is so difficult for them to get back to sleep after the inevitable waking. My husband and our son share a bed at night, it's their time to bond, snuggle etc as I am home all day with him. This way, I get a good nights sleep and daddy and baby spend much needed time together (even if they're just sleeping!).

Remember, it won't last forever and you're DEFINITELY not alone!

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