Help Please- Dealing with a Sleep Scare

Aimee - posted on 06/29/2012 ( 2 moms have responded )

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Hi, I have an 18 month old daughter who has been a great sleeper to date, we have established a great nap and night time sleep routine and have never had any issues.

However, I am slightly ashamed to say that a few days ago I put her down for her afternoon nap much later than I should have done as we had friends over for lunch and she was too busy playing and missed her usual routine slot. I made sure she was sound asleep and then went out to read in the garden for about 40 mins (thinking she would take a long nap as she would be really tired) and when I came back in she had woken up and was very distraught by the fact that she had obviously woken and called out for me and got no response. I felt so guilty and was really heartbroken for her. I consoled and comforted her as much as I could, but I think this has now really broken her trust and confidence as she will no longer let me put her in her cot without becoming hysterical.

I have had to rock her to sleep or sleep next to her in our own bed to get her to settle for the last few nights/naps (before putting her back in her cot when she is asleep) and don't know if I have now ruined all our previous good work. Would really appreciate any advice on how to win her confidence back and to help her settle peacefully in her cot again.

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Megan - posted on 07/02/2012

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My son went through a stage where he would cry whenever I left him in his room alone, What I did for awhile is put him for a nap and went into my own room just across the hall, he would start crying and I would talk to him from the other room and let him know I was there if he really needed something and everything was ok. It took some time but eventually I could talk to him from downstairs and then he just stopped throwing such a fuss because he knew that if something was really wrong I was always right there.

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