I am afraid I am going to snap! Please, I need advice!

Maria - posted on 01/17/2013 ( 3 moms have responded )

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I have 2 toddlers (2 and 3 yrs). I have not slept for a full night since I had my first child. I am used to waking up several times a night (WHY my kids wont sleep through the night is a whole other question)

My daughter (age 2 1/2 yr) used to be a FANTASTIC sleeper. I would put her in her crib, tell her i love her, close the door and without a peep she would go to sleep.

When she turned 2 she learned to climb out of her crib, naturally I turned it to a toddler bed, that is when my life started going down hill.

She now WILL NOT SLEEP. I have tried everything. We have a routine every night; dinner, baths, pajamas, they get in bed, i sing them a song, they go to sleep..... only she will not go to sleep.

I have tried nice approaches such as to sing with her, cuddle with her, sit next to her bed, sit on the other side of the room, hold her hand, rub her belly/back.

I have tried harsh approaches such as repetatively putting her back in her bed a hundred times, scolding her, etc.

I have even tried to turn out ALL the lights and have everyone else go to bed and all she does is wander around the house talking, waking everyone up, getting into trouble, and making a mess. She will stay up as late as 1 am.

Everyone is my family is suffering. My 3yr old son isnt getting enough sleep, I am not getting any sleep. I am absolutely exhausted every day. I am having trouble doing every day tasks, I can't focus and most importantly I am losing patience for my kids. I don't want to act violently towards them, but I am SO burnt out and frustrated.

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HappyMommy - posted on 01/22/2013

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Hi, I am going though a hard time myself my 11 month old baby used to be a beautiful sleeper now she wakes up every hour wanting to be held and as soon as I put her down she will sleep for an hour and nothing helps unless I put her in my bed. Tonight I am going to be really tough and not take her out of her crib and let her cry it out. So u can just try what I'm gonna try and just stand on top of her bed and make her sleep and just keep putting her back in bed. And if she takes any day naps don't let her take it and maybe she will be so tired she won't even fight u to stay awake ...let me know how it turns out and I will let u know how mine turns out good luck

Maria - posted on 01/19/2013

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I usually don't let them watch tv... however maybe there needs to be a change in this, I am so tired I will try just about anything. thanks for sharing your experience.

Alexandra - posted on 01/17/2013

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Ok well first off take a deep breath and secondly find out what her faviort tv show is or movie and put it on in her room at bed time and tell her mommys going to turn it off if you dont stay in bed. it worked for my son and now he dosnt even need the tv he falls right asleep after being in bed for 15 minutes. i hope this helps!

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