I need help with sleep stuff.

Heather - posted on 07/28/2009 ( 2 moms have responded )

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My daughter is 13 months old and has special needs. She used to be able to fall asleep on her own but will not anymore. I have tried the cry it out system but she sleeps with a nasal cannula and I have found that it is too dangerous to leave her alone in her crib awake and upset for too long. So I need some advice on how to get her to fall asleep on her own. She will fall asleep when I rock her to sleep but if I lay her in her crib awake at all she will yell and cry.

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Siobhan - posted on 07/28/2009

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I can suggest two methods you can check out to see if they would work for you: the first is the sit by the bed technique, if you want I can email you the program, but basically its a 10 day program that involves you sitting by the bed. It is alot of work, but well worth it for the fact that you do not need to leave the room and therefore will be there if she needs you. The second is the pickup and putdown method, you can google it, I don't know much about it, but have heard that it works for some people. I hope that this helps.

Melissa - posted on 07/28/2009

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Hello! Although Cameron isn't special needs he was especially challenging in the sleep department. Can she sleep on her tummy? I started sleep training him by first rocking him so he would become drowsy and then placing him on his tummy in his crib...from there I was able to gently pat him to sleep. When I first started I would have to pat him for 20 minutes but over time I was able to "wean" him from the patting and stand there for 2 minutes or less. Now (22 months) he is to the point where I can just stand over him instead of patting and he will go to sleep. It was a long process but he is now doing great. Hang in there! You will find something that will work for all of you! Good luck

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