Daughter Will Not Sleep!

Cmoline32 - posted on 05/30/2012 ( 3 moms have responded )

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My daughter is 20 months old. She has always been a pretty good sleeper, but recently she will not go to sleep at night. We have tried to let her cry it out, go to bed later, go to bed earlier, stay up with us, etc. Nothing seems to work. She always screams when we put her in bed. It is the same crib she has always had, nothing has changed. I know she wants to stay up with us so she doesn't miss out on anything, but it is taking it's toll. She will go to sleep at 9:30 and wake up at 6 am, so it isn't even making her sleep later in the mornings.

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Janice - posted on 06/01/2012

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Most children still need a nap at age 2. I worked as a toddler teacher for 3 years and between the 2 classes of 10 toddlers each room over 3 years- so lets say 60 kids - every one of them napped almost every single day. Of course every child is different but I don't think a nap is the issue. Actually studies show children who do take a nap 1-3 hours on a regular schedule actually do sleep better.

Anyways, make a schedule and a bed time routine and be consistent. We do brushing teeth, books, lights out. We consistently put her to bed between 8-8:30. My daughter wakes at 6:30/7am no matter when she goes to bed. Some kids are 12 hour sleepers, others have a consistent wake time, its just their nature. Could your daughter be teething-getting her 2 year molars? That could definitely interrupt her sleep. How long did you do CIO for? She is definitely old enough but it can take a week to work. A week of screaming crying bed time sucks but may be necessary. Good luck!

Louise - posted on 05/31/2012

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If she is having a sleep in the day restrict it to one hour. Children from the age of two do not need the extra nap in the day. Some do and some dont. None of my three have slept after the age of two and went to bed at 7-7.30pm and woke between 7.30-8am. I do find that the later my daughter goes to bed the earlier she wakes up. I try to stick to her routine as much as I can as this does help, but every now and again she gets her off days!

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