How to get my almost 1 year old to fall asleep on her own, and sleep straight through the night?

Meagan - posted on 08/01/2012 ( 3 moms have responded )

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My daughter will be 1 on August 13th. She is our first and only (at the moment) child, so we have unintentionally been spoiling her all this time. We lay her down with us at night, then put her in her crib when she's asleep. Bad habit, I know...from the time she was born until she was about 5 months old, she slept straight through the night, no problem. Now though, she wakes up twice a night (once at around 1, and again at 5:30 for a bottle) and gets up super early in the morning, sometimes as early as 6:30, but most times 7. She has 2 short naps a day. In total, she sleeps MAYBE 10 hours a day, when she is supposed to be sleeping 14-16 hours total at her age (so I've been told) Has anyone else had this same problem? If so, how did you fix it? I am at my breaking point with lack of sleep...we have a nice bedtime routine that consists of a bath, teeth brush, bottle, music and story time, so we are not lacking routine. PLEASE HELP! (P.S.- We have tried the "Cry It Out" method, and not only does it not work, it just seems cruel to get her so worked up that she makes herself sick....)

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Amy - posted on 08/01/2012

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let me just also add that the 2 naps will probably move to 1 long nap at about 15 months or so. Don't panic about that. My son started doing 1 nap a day at 12 months but all the other kids in his daycare class are still on 2 naps a day. giving her a good feed before bedtime will help with the nightime hunger. I must confess that once we switched from breastmilk to formula, our son started sleeping through the night.

Amy - posted on 08/01/2012

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Hello Meagan. My son is 17 months, I am a SAHM except for the 2 days of week that I work on my degree and he goes to daycare. I feel for you and wanted to share a few things. First, at such a young age, the cry it out is a cruel method. The baby isn't trying to be a brat or manipulate you. She cries out of need, even if she needs to be close to Mom & Dad. Touch is an amazing thing. You have a great bedtime routine where you give her what she needs and you get to spend some nice pre-bedtime together. Your daughter is very likely teething or growing. Sleepless nights happen. What i would suggest is that after her bedtime routine, you cuddle her for a while (in her room, around her things) until she falls asleep, then put her in her bed. As she gets older, you can start putting her in her bed when she is tired but not completely asleep. We did this for my son, it took sometime, but he got the hang of it.
Here is my biggest tip!!!! Stay calm, Momma. Take deep calming breaths while you go through this process. Think about how much you love that little girl and the amazing joy of when you first became a mother. I say this because babies seem sensitive to external stress. Using a calming voice in the middle of the night (hard to do, I know) will keep you and baby sane. I would also say that you and partner need to take turns. You get up with the baby one night, then they do the other night. You need your sleep just as much as your other half, and this will help you deal with whatever baby girl throughs at you the next night. Best of luck, chica.

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