Sleep training advice needed please!

Jolene - posted on 08/11/2011 ( 2 moms have responded )

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My daughter is 20 months and still doesn't fall asleep on her own or stay asleep through the night. The first 3 months of her life she had her own room and slept in her own crib, but then my husband deployed and everything changed. I moved home thinking it would be easier with help, but in turn I think I made a huge mistake. She ended up in my bed and I couldn't get her to sleep in a crib. I fought so long with sleepless nights trying to get her to self-soothe that I eventually gave up from exhaustion. I became so sleep deprived that I was no longer the mom I wanted to be during the day. So, in bed with me she went. Now that my husband is home and we are back in our own place, she has been moved into a twin bed in her own room since she has basically never slept in a crib. My husband and I have tried everything from laying with her until she falls asleep to the CIO. If we let her CIO she gets out of bed and screams at the door. If we lay with her she wants to play and we can be in there for hours. Sometimes even falling asleep ourselves. PLEASE, please help.

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Deborah - posted on 08/11/2011

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Familysleep.com is a wonderful resource for tired parents looking for information specific to their child's sleeping issues.

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Katherine - posted on 08/11/2011

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I went through the same thing. Now my daughter just sleeps with me. She is 29mo and she sleeps in her bed until about midnight and then comes into my bed. I just wear her out during the day. I've also cut out her naps. That way she's nice and exhausted.

She has gotten sooo much better since I've done that.





***Edit to add: Now she's on a routine too.

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