Almost 2 Year Sleeping and Routine Help!!

Leah - posted on 02/22/2013 ( 3 moms have responded )

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Before I even begin to post I will admit all of this is mine and my husband's fault. We should have started a routine ALONG time ago but just never did and now it is time!


My daughter is almost 20 months old. While younger, she was very sick so she slept in a co-sleeper next to us. She NEVER slept in her crib. At 9 months we started putting her in her crib for naps, but she never wanted to sleep in there for bedtime. About a year old we tried and tried, and she started climbing out of the crib. My husband then dropped the crib as far as he could but she still climbed out of it.

Since then, SHE has ALWAYS slept with us. ALWAYS! I have to get her to bed and then she stays in bed with us. She has this thing where she wraps her arms around my arm and knows when I move or try to lay her down in her bed.

Everyone has told me to use the cry it out method. Tried that, it breaks my heart.
My husband on the other hand says let her cry and she'll be fine.

I am to the point now, where I see it is over-taking my life. She doesn't want to go to sleep until we do and then I can't sleep anymore (she takes up half the bed).
What ways would you recommend her to get to where she will sleep in her new toddler bed.

Also I'm a stay at home mom. We have a 5 month old son that was born 3 months pre-mature and we are finally home and safe of any harm (of going back into the hospital). We started him out in his crib and he's fine with that.

I need a routine to get my daughter on. We were on one until back last summer then I started having major pregnancy complications and then at the hospital with my son for almost 4 months so we got off of it.

She is very good with independent play but I also know she needs me to play with her. While her baby brother is napping we draw,color, play, put puzzles together, and so on. She loves to help around the house so I let her.
All in all, I need to know a sample routine(even though I know I will have to adjust it to our family lifestyle).

Thanks in advance!

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Alka - posted on 03/08/2013

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My 21 month old was sleeping with us till about a month back and believe me we all needed a respite, including her as we realized when we started putting her in her crib. I set the crib at its lowest height, added a few wooden animals cutouts (get those at hobby shops) on the wall next to her crib along with a few glowing stars, made streamers out of construction papers and hung them on the ceiling and voila! suddenly she wanted to be in her crib.
Her routine:
Depending on how well she is able to rest through the night, she gets up from anywhere between 6:00 AM-9:00 AM. It also depends on how well she ate the night before. Someday she just does not want to eat (she is getting her molars, so that could be the reason).

After freshening (brushing and washing the face, changing diapers) she gets her milk in her cup and cookies. Plays with her toys/watches a cartoon or reads (or rather browses) a book.

Breakfast after about 30 minutes to an hour after her milk. She generally tells me when she is ready.

She will play till 11:30-12 PM when she eats her lunch and then takes a nap (2-3 hrs).
Once up she will get her milk and some snack.

Plays till 7. Dinner, bath, after which I rock her for a while and put her in her crib. She is not asleep when I put her down, so she does protest a little. But I move out of the room and she falls asleep.

She is still young and some days she will whimper due to gas or some other discomfort. If she falls back to sleep within a minute or two I do not disturb her, but if she is persistent I do check up on her and some days we will let her sleep with us. Remember, the child is too young still and sometimes seeks body warmth or just generally security.

Cecilia - posted on 02/24/2013

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As far as a sample routine- dinner- no later than 6pm.
quiet play (no tv it is actually stimulating) 6:30-8:00
Bathtime 8:00-8:30
snack time- or drink time if you wish 8:30-8:45
brush teeth 8:45-9:00
story time 9:00-9:30
lights off time

Cecilia - posted on 02/24/2013

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Ok my now 2 year old was a co-sleeper. At 18 months i bought her a toddler bed. that obviously wasn't enough. I took her to the fabric store and let her pick out what would be her bedding (hello kitty fabric of course) So i made the sheets, blankets, pillow case and a small throw pillow for her. (all of which took me less than 3 hours) Then we put it all together and she was excited. (feel free to just let her go shopping for new bedding, making it is much cheaper though and if you have a sewing machine i can send you online tutorials on how to make crib sheets)

We put her bed right next to ours. Push her bed against the wall (with our bed still right next to it) She slept that that for about two weeks. sometimes still crawling into bed with us and we would just put her right back. After two weeks our bed went back into it's normal position leaving her a little bit of room between us. Then after a week she went across the room. She has had no real problem with it. I think she needed her space too.

Feel free to go out out buy her posters, a new night light, new stuffed animal (all of which is only to be used when she is in her bed).. what ever is going to get her to be excited for this brand new space.

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