Is it possible to re-train a light sleeper?

Elizabeth - posted on 01/05/2013 ( 2 moms have responded )

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Baby is 14 months old. She sleeps through noise in the car (including music blasting and talking) and on the go in her stroller. She will NOT sleep at the in-laws no matter what. She will NOT sleep in foreign houses. When she sleeps in her own crib, it has to be deathly quiet or she can't fall asleep. That means, we can't even flush the toilet because it's too close to her room.

I am a light sleeper who is woken up by a cat jumping on the bed or even lights flashing outside. My husband can sleep through a train bursting through our house.

So, how can I re-program a baby who needs silence in her crib, but can sleep through noise elsewhere? I have tried making light noise in the background during nap time and not restricting all noise while she is sleeping at night. Not making unnecessary noise, but not trying to be silent either and it hasn't worked.

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Jennifer - posted on 01/05/2013

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You can try putting a little white noise in her room, like a fan or vaporizer, or something to that effect. It can help drown out other noises in the house. I have 4 children, and only 1 who still takes a nap during the day. Of course my house is far from silent, so I always have a fan turned on in her room (turned away from her of course) and it seems to do the trick. Before that, she wouldn't even fall asleep unless the house was absolutely silent, which NEVER happens here. lol

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