Sleeping Problems

Claudia - posted on 02/27/2009 ( 4 moms have responded )

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My daughter is 14 months old and wakes up with a dirty diaper at 4 am then needs almost the entire bedtime routine to get back to sleep otherwise she will cry her head off for about an hour. HELP I need sleep!

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As you probably already know it takes about 3 days to establish a new routine with a young child, therefore I would suggest you take it in stages.  Tonight eliminate the book portion of your routine in the middle of the night.  She may protest, but rock with her still and offer her the sippy cup.  When she is okay with this, eliminate the sippy cup.  If you are putting milk in the sippy cup replace it with water so it is not as desireable to her ( but not the first night, you will need something to keep her happy! Do it 2-3 nights before you are ready to eliminate the sippy cup.)  Continue to rock her.  When you have eliminated both the book and the cup, with out much protest from her, and she is okay with just the rocking you are ready for the next step.  The first night you eliminate the rocking I would suggest you rock her until she stops crying  and settles down, but not asleep. Then go and sway with her, for a while, while standing next to her crib.  This step is your ticket to freedom!  The next few nights try only swaying with her while standing next to her crib, when you feel she is calm enough, to go in her crib, put her in .  If she cries pick her back up but do not revert back to reading, the sippy cup, or the rocking chair, only sway with her.  After a few nights of this you may be suprised at how quickly you can put her in her crib!  You have created a lot of steps to your middle of the night routine so it will take time and patience on your part to break each step.  Because of the number of steps you are eliminating  it may take 2 weeks to get to the only swaying by the crib step.  Now lets address why she is waking up in the first place.  If she is just wet and is soaking the diaper, I would suggest trying Huggies overnight diapers size 4.  My daughter just turned 15 months and 2 months ago she was waking in the middle of the night soaking wet from the diaper (pampers baby dry size 5)  She only weighs 22 lbs.  But man can she soak a diaper!  I had to change her diaper, her clothes and the bedding.  If on the other hand she is waking up with a BM  you should play around with the timing of when she has her fruit and vegetables throughout the day and see if you can some how change her BM patterns. If you give her fruit juice try playing around with the time of day she receives it.  Try this for a week  or two and see if you are able to switch things around.   The last bit of advice if you are desperate and need a solution asap is to change her and let her cry it out, she is over 6 months old and you can use the ferber method. You would have to buy the book because I can't remember the timing intervals of how often you are to go back in the room and check on her, but I do know that you choose the first time interval you will wait it out and then he lets you know how often to go in after you leave the room each time.  As far as I can remember you can wait as little as 1 minute before you go back in the first time, or as much as 5 min. It all depends on what you are comfortable with. It is actually a great resource to have, I know that  he addresses middle of the night wakings of all kinds in his book.  I know this looks like a novel.  Hope it helps! 

Leann - posted on 02/27/2009

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When my baby wakes up with a dirty diaper at night, I just change him as quickly as possible. I don't turn on any lights. I don't talk to him or play with him at all like I do during the day. I try to very quickly get in and get out.

Claudia - posted on 02/27/2009

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I usually rock her for a while during which I read a story and she drinks out of a sippy cup.  It just takes a while to calm her down after she's up.



 

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