HOW TO GET SOME SLEEP!

Stephanie - posted on 07/01/2009 ( 4 moms have responded )

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Ok well I have 2 children. A 2 1/2 year old boy and an 8 month old girl. I am so tired lately and exhausted and falling asleep out of nowhere. I have no one to help me and I dont know what to do. My husband works during the day. Does anyone have any advice on how I can get sleep without putting my kids in danger and still be able to take care of them. I would go to bed earlier but my son wont fall asleep untill midnight and ive tried everything to get him to sleep sooner....he wakes his sister up if I make him go to bed any earlier. I just need to get a power nap during the day and I dont want to leave either unattended!!!!

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Tishanna - posted on 07/01/2009

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I only have one son and he is now 21 months old. When he was 8 months old he was taking 2 two hour naps a day. One at 9:30am and one at 2:30pm. Since he was three weeks old my husband and I established a bed night pattern. We always did the 4 "B"s: bath, bottle, burp, bed. Later we changed the "burp" to "book" and then we dropped the bottle when he was around 10 months old. He has always been a good sleeper but those first three weeks were awful! I had post partum and I cried and I couldn't get him to sleep and so my husband and I used the cry it out method (which I know is very controversial) but we were desparate! I had not bonded with my little fellow and I just wanted some sleep. The first night he cried for 3 hours (my husband and I went in every 10-15 minutes and soothed him-alternating turns then the second night he only cried for an hour and a half and the third night there was no crying. He jumped into the schedule just like that. My best friend has a child the same age as mine and she did not do that and when her son was 9 months old she was exhausted and decided she was ready to do what I had done: the problem was that she had already bonded with her child, she couldn't stand to hear him cry and to this day (he's 21 months old) he won't go to sleep unless she is in the bed with him and wakes up 3-4 times during the middle of the night. It can be done with your 8 month old and the little boy is old enough to entertain himself in the bed if he wakes up early. It's not too late to put him in a schedule either. Just stick to your guns. I also have a little toy that is attached to my son's crib that if he wakes up early or is not sleepy at his bed time (8pm) then he plays with it. It plays music, has a fish and other items in it that he just uses a control panel to move. If he is waking your daughter up then maybe they shouldn't be in the same room or they should be in rooms far enough away from each other to not bother one another. Get a baby monitor and unless they are screaming that scream that you know something is wrong-let them go at it and get some sleep. I always use a humidifier for white noise for myself and turn the baby monitor on a setting that allows me to hear the loud noises but not all the tiny noises that will keep me awake. Hope this helps.

Lynsey - posted on 07/01/2009

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my 2 yr daughter started going to bed really late after we came back from a holiday and to get her to go to bed earlier i got her up at 6.30 ish and let her have an early nap for 20 mins and she fell asleep at 7.30

Stephanie - posted on 07/01/2009

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Hmm. I will try that out. It just seems like when my daughter is asleep my son wants to wake her up at naptime....maybe ill try separate rooms...like put my daughter to sleep in her bed and them my son and I can lay down in the living room with a movie on or something!

Crystal - posted on 07/01/2009

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I had a designated quite time every day. Everyone takes a nap. It did take a few days to make it routine but it worked great and I got to catch up on some Zzz's!

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