No sleep at our house

Jennifer - posted on 12/13/2011 ( 4 moms have responded )

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Help! I cant get my 1 yr old to sleep. We just had a lot of big changes in our life... She started climbing out of the crib so we took her out. We moved state amd had to live in a hotel until our house was done. So things were messed up for a while. That was about 2 months ago so you would think things would be back to normal now. No way!! Its worst than ever. She wont stay in her room. I dont know what to do anymore!

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September - posted on 12/14/2011

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Have you tried lying with her until she falls asleep? Our son will sleep the entire night in his room IF I lay with him until he falls asleep. I actually really enjoy that time with him. I read him a few books and tell him a story, then we cuddle and he goes to sleep. Maybe give that a try. Good luck!

Savvy Mom On Call - posted on 12/13/2011

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Hi Jennifer, what are her day naps like? How many naps does she take during the day? I am a child sleep consultant and specialize in helping parents sleep train their children. Much of what happens at night has to do with how well the children slept during their day naps and the routines for the day. I do think that Corinne's reply is definitely the way to go, just keep in mind that consistency is the key and so is patience. She may not change her habits over night especially because the habit has been in place for at least two months. You are pretty much changing her world and she will protest, but it's in her best interest for developmental reasons for her to get the amount of sleep she needs for her age. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to reach out to me. I would be more than happy to help! Good luck!

Kelina - posted on 12/13/2011

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put a gate up in her room. Was she going to sleep on her own before? how did she start that? would it be possible to do it again? Have you tried changing something in her bedtime routine to get her to go to bed easier? If you're comfortable with it you can try CIO. Otherwise you can try laying with her, although this can be abad habit to get into, rocking, or just waiting until she ready to fall asleep before you put her to bed.

Corinne - posted on 12/13/2011

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if you have gotten her back into her old routine then, when she wakes up at nights, take her straight back into her room! im having to do this with my 3 y/o almost every single night...sometimes 5-6 times a night! She cries for a little while but will eventually pass back out! if she does it multiple times a night, she will usually sleep later in the morning! if she is old enough to comprehend "prizes" then tell her if she sleeps all night in her bed then she will get a treat/prize!?

what works for my kid is to take them out to a playdate/fun activities and keep her busy so she crashes early for bed and will stay asleep all night long!

ive also heard (if theyre 2+ y/o) to give them melatonin, which you can buy at the grocery store on the vitamin aisles... its supposed to be a natural sleep aid and the only thing is to not give them a multi vitamin that day, and if they have had their vitamin for the day, then dont give it to them the next day! im not sure why but thats just what ive heard! you can talk to her dr about it! GL!

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