I need advice!

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My daughter is 15 months old. She sleeps pretty well through the night but has her off days. Every morning lately I get up with her at 8:30AM. I go into her room, sit on the big bed in her room while she is in the crib talking and fall asleep while she is awake. I feel terrible that I'm doing this but I can't keep myself awake! Any advice? I feel terrible :( that she is awake staring at me trying to get me up and I just can't :(

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Tine - posted on 08/16/2012

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You could maybe also consider cosleeping with her, as this is a great way to get a decent amount of sleep and to let her feel safe at night, so she stops having those nightmares, or if she does you are there to soothe her instantly and she can drift back off to sleep. My kids both cosleep and although they wake several times a night (my daughter did to age 2 and my son wakes to breastfeed 3-4times a night) it barely disturbs me. I'm reading a great book at the moment called 'Three in a Bed', which talks abut this stuff. You sound as though you are dedicated to meeting your daughter's needs, and that's wonderful. Co-sleeping (bed or room sharing, you could just move her cot into your room) can help do this without disturbing your sleep so much. Also, sometimes the iron pills aren't ver well absorbed, try Floradix or another more natural iron supplement. Iron also needs a lot of Vit C for absorbtion, so try eating a vit C rich food or taking a good Vit C supplement when you take the iron. Other causes of tiredness are low levels of B12, Vit D, etc ... iron may not be the whole picture.

Tine - posted on 08/16/2012

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Is there a reason to leave her in the crib? Why not take her out and have some snuggle and chat time with her in person? If you fall asleep then she'll have the benefit of a sleep cuddle - or will wake you up to share her day! :-)

Karen - posted on 08/15/2012

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Melissa - you poor thing. You sound exhausted. Constant broken sleep will do that - Im so sorry for you - I've been there and I know its dreadful. It will get better, I promise, but in the meantime, don't be beating yourself up about grabbing a little extra sleep when you can. It sounds to me like you are an amazingly dedicated mum and if your little lady didn't like you falling asleep, she'd let you know all about it. My guess is that she loves having you in the room with her and probably thinks its a great treat. I hope you start to feel better soon

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She goes to bed at 8:45PM but wakes up a few times at night and sometimes has night terrors that keep her awake for hours. I have low iron. I did after my daughter was born and I have it now again. I've been taking iron pills but still feel the same.

Katherine - posted on 08/14/2012

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You sound like you're exhausted. What time does she go to bed? I would check your iron too. I was like that with low iron. You may want to go to the doctor.

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