i need ideas to get my daughter to sleep through the night!!

Kelly - posted on 08/27/2009 ( 17 moms have responded )

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doc told me to let her cry and console herself back to sleep if she wakes up, but she doesn't cry. she just sits in her crib quietly talking to herself.... so that doesn't work. i've tried the cereal before bed and that never worked! i'm running out of ideas!

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Jane - posted on 08/31/2009

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if she's not crying, then she's fine. but she does need to be taught about sleeping - routine, mood, lighting, a white noise machine or ocean sounds cd.

Kelly - posted on 08/31/2009

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reallly? i dont get it though.... she slept through the night for the first 3 months and now she doesn't. she just wants to go and go and go. we're moving in a month, so i'll start getting her on a routing once we've moved. or else i would have to start over.

Dena - posted on 08/30/2009

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My daughter was unfamiliar with her crib at first and would wake up scared with us not around. I eventually moved our spare bed into the center of her room for a week, so I could sleep and show her that things were OK and she would go back to bed. Just need to reinforce the crib as a nice, safe place...now she won't sleep anywhere else...double edged sword :)

Patti - posted on 08/28/2009

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Does she take long naps during the day? If so you should probably try letting her take small naps during the day 30min-1hour then waking her up and play with her up until she is ready for a bath. Give her a nice soothing bath. Give her a nice, and relaxing massage with some baby lotion. Make sure to keep a routine because babies love that. I have twins so I completely understand your frustration. I had one that would sleep throughout the night and the other one would not. Now my kids are 3 and 2 yrs old. I hope this helps any.

User - posted on 08/28/2009

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Buy the book BabyWise...and follow the schedual..we did and our baby started sleeping thru the night at 9 weeks! She is now 3 months and goes down at 9pm and sleeps until our "set" wake time of 6am...it was worth every penny we spent on the book. No need to even read the whole thing....just skip to the schedual :)



Good luck!

Melissa - posted on 08/27/2009

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Babies have to learn how to sleep so if she isn't upset let her sit in there. If she needs something thats differant but she would probably cry if she needed something. Perhaps she is sleeping too much during the day.

User - posted on 08/27/2009

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my little guy has been sleeping through since he was 2 months old and i swear it is because of the routine, just as Shaz suggested. We have bath, lotion and pjs, book, bottle, bed. He is in bed by 8 almost every night and sleeps until 8 am. We started the routine at 6 weeks old and by 8 weeks he got it. And definitely let him stay in his crib unless he needs you. Good Luck!!!

Darci - posted on 08/27/2009

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I would definitely let her do her thing in her crib when she wakes up, especially if she's not crying. Kids use that "alone time" to process some of the things they've learned throughout the day. I have a 3 year old and a 2 year old who share a room, and they talk before they go to sleep some nights. Some nights, they talk for the better part of an hour; they are just figuring out their day. It's healthy.

When my oldest child was 9 months old, she only wanted to take 20 minutes naps in the afternoon. This did not work for me, and she was still tired when she "woke up". I let her cry it out one day for 45 minutes before she put herself back to sleep, but after that one day... she slept great during afternoon naps. My son was a bit more difficult, but it took only a couple days of letting him cry it out for him to learn how to comfort himself and put himself back to sleep. They are both GREAT sleepers now! They sleep through the night from about 8 pm until 6 or 7 am!

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The best thing to do is make a bed time routine. When you do this the will start settling even before you close the door. Our is Teeth brushing, PJ's, Story, lights out.
simple right, same 4 step, that's all. I also keep the door shut to reduce distractions.
It works Great I have even put the kids down early and the sleep in seconds.
Good luck

Stephanie - posted on 08/27/2009

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Ya I agree with the other moms! I use to leave myn in there and she'd play and fall back to sleep!! If she's not crying she'll play herself to sleep!

Lydia - posted on 08/27/2009

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I agree with the rest of the moms if she is safe and she is not crying leave her. Sh will eventually get bored and go back to sleep

Noelani - posted on 08/27/2009

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I agree with Arwen & Sara leave her in her crib unless she starts to cry. My son is 9mos old & does the same thing & he falls right back to sleep.

Arwen - posted on 08/27/2009

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If she's not crying, leave her. She'll lay herself back down, and fall back to sleep. Go in there if she starts crying. ;)

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How old is your baby? If she plays in her crib without crying I would leave her there. When we went on vacation my daughter slept in a pack n play beside us. I noticed that she woke up around 4 am every morning to play and then would fall back asleep on her own. If she needs you she will let you know.

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