How to get your baby to sleep better?

Malerie - posted on 01/21/2013 ( 17 moms have responded )

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My one year old has always gave us a hard time when it's time to go to bed at night. She hardly takes naps durning the day. Help please. Husband was suggested to give her a piece of melatonin!?!

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Darlene - posted on 01/22/2013

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I agree with Sarah's post. Please don't medicate her. Our son had colic for months, got in the habit of being rocked to sleep, and was very difficult about going to sleep on his own when we knew the colic was over. After the bedtime routine mentioned later here, I rocked him for maybe 15 minutes, then put him in his crib and sat in the rocker until he fell asleep. This took about 1 month. He cried at first, and it was hard, but I knew he was ok, and I was right there. Gradually his crying time got shorter, until he waved night-night to me and laid down and that was it. I'll bet your daughter's a smart little cookie who knows she'll get picked up if she fusses. Of course make sure she's alright first, then try explaining to your inlaws that she is safe, comfortable, and probably overtired if she's not napping much during the day. It's normal for her to be cranky at bedtime. Involve them by asking them to help you get her into a routine like Sarah mentioned...bath, read books, then a cuddle/rocking, and bed. Maybe they could take turns with the bath and reading. Hopefully they'll understand how much better your evenings and her behaviour will be with a restful bedtime routine and a good night's sleep. I did everything Sarah mentioned, and it resulted in an hour or so of special bed time routine that my son and daughter remember still. They're both early teens now, and we have our moments, but there's a foundation of communication and loving care there that I think started when they were babies.
Best wishes to you all.

Christie - posted on 01/30/2013

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I always give my girls a warm bath before bedtime. That seems to work great.

Nicole - posted on 01/23/2013

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Ok well I will say this if this will help any.... put her on a schedule during the day let her take one to two naps a day for a hour each try this schedule: 7:30am breakfast 8:30am outside time 10:30am snack time 11:30am lunch time 12:30pm nap time 1:30pm inside play time 2:45pm back outside 3:45pm inside time etc. Make it livable for after the day have end give her a warm bath and some warm milk and she should go to sleep with no problems she will be to sleepy to fight it (^_^) it works for my son

Shauna - posted on 01/21/2013

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I totally understand how that is. Me and both my girls are staying with my parents while my fiance is away. It does get very stressful, just relax and breath. It will all be okay hopefully sooner rather than later.

Sarah - posted on 01/21/2013

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It could be teeth, but if it is something that has always been then it might just be her and her routine. I know this sounds really odd and opposite to what it would seem, but maybe moving up her bedtime to about 8 or 9 pm might help. Sometimes the later and more tired kids get the harder it is for them to go to sleep....odd I know. Have a bedtime routine you do each night, bath, read books, and then bed. I try to keep my kids' rooms dark with blinds and curtains, so that way light does not keep them up or wake them up (this helps for naps also). I do have a night light in the room though. I also have a sound machine on white noise....this helps to drown out the outside noises.

Sometimes you just have to let them lay and cry a little bit too. I know this is REALLY hard. I had to do this with my first. I would rock him to sleep and at 18 months he would wake up everytime I went to lay him in his bed. After 2 nights sleeping in the rocking chair I decided something needed to change. So instead of rocking him to sleep I would rock him for awhile then lay him down. He would cry and cry and it would feel like forever, but after about a week of doing this he stopped crying and would go to sleep when I would lay him down. I know this is really hard to do and listen to, but I would do this before doing any kind of sleep medication. Sleep medication is not good on the body especially a baby...it can also lead to sleep problems as they get older. Medication has it's place, but sometimes it can be an "easy" way of dealing with something that can be solved another way.

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User - posted on 02/17/2013

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I think the reason the gives a hard time is bec he is too tired but still refuse to go to bed. I suggest you to maintain a routine where he takes a nap.

It is important that they get enough sleep for them to develop and grow better. I once read that a one year old should sleep about 12 hours a day.

When my son was 1, he slept twice during the day. Once after his morning snack and once after lunch. Both sessions were about 1 - 1.5 hours. If he refuse to go to sleep, I will accompany him by his side until he falls asleep. When he was younger, I used to carry him and sing some songs until he falls asleep before I put him in bed. But he he grows older, I would let him lie on the bed and drink a bottle of milk or water. He would usually fall asleep sucking his bottle. I would wait for a while and pull it out. It is not advisable to let them suck the bottle for long as it will cause tooth decay.

As for night time, we would accompany him in bed until he falls asleep. We make him go to bed at 9pm. We will read a story or two and then as he drinks his milk, I would sing some songs to him until he falls asleep.

I suggest that you follow a same routine everyday and soon he will get used to it.

All the best!

Gigi - posted on 02/04/2013

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I don't think medicating a child in order for him/her to sleep is a good idea. Sleeping is natural process and medicating should be only done in case of sickness.

Christina - posted on 02/03/2013

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hey my name is crissy an i have a 7year old son an i give him melatonin an it relly works just her 30 mins before bedtime

Gigi - posted on 01/26/2013

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I would be very surprised if it was legal for a daycare to medicate children.

Shauna - posted on 01/24/2013

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I've never heard of a daycare giving Benadryl to help with naps. I have worked at 3 different daycares and we have never given kids Benadryl. But if you know that this certain daycare is doing this then you need to get a hold of authorities and let them know because that is illegal for a daycare.

Sarah - posted on 01/24/2013

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hmmm.....don't know what day care uses Benadryl for naps. I would defintely stay away from that day care.

Malerie - posted on 01/21/2013

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Thanks. I will try my best to do that. It's kinda hard since we're staying with my in laws and they want to pick her up when she barley even cries. I'm kinda stressed out.

Shauna - posted on 01/21/2013

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My two year old has been having a problem taking naps. She will take a short nap (1 hour or less) ay home and at daycare, but are church she will take a two to three hour nap. At daycare she will be almost asleep and then she will start screaming and it takes her teacher a half hour or more to get her to sleep. We do have a routine at home and at school but not at church and she sleeps better at church than she does anywhere else. At night she sleeps four or five hours and then she will wake up and she goes to bed between nine and ten. I'm in the same boat as you so I'm really not any help.

Malerie - posted on 01/21/2013

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I try having her nap around noon, but most of the time it's only for 15 mins or less. And at night we try to put her to sleep around ten but she cries and wants to stay up till midnight or later. I'm a first time mom -_-
Could it be her teething??

Sarah - posted on 01/21/2013

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Do you have a daily routine/schedule? Like are naps always done at a certain time? Do you have a routine you do before you lay her down? What time do you do nap and bedtime?

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