Sleeping troubles

Jessica - posted on 12/29/2010 ( 1 mom has responded )

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For the longest time my daughter would go to bed without problems and sleep through the night. Now its like an act of congress to get her to bed and then she wakes up every few hours. Is there any tricks I can do to get her to bed easier? Please help

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Saphilie - posted on 12/30/2010

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Been through that too! And its tiring! What I did first is make sure she felt comfortable and reassured in her room and in her bed. once I knew there was no major problem that could cause her to feel insecure in her room (too dark, too cold, ...) I created a routine, and I sticked to it every single night! Every child is different so you need to find what works for you. For us, I didn't want to let her cry, but I didn't want to put her to sleep either. So I would stay close to her room, and go back every times she needed me too, to show her I'm here, everything is ok, but she needs to go to sleep. At first it was very long, and it got better and better. And now, I can stay downstairs while she falls asleep, and if she calls me, I can just talk to her and it's enough. I tell her I'll come and give her a kiss in a little bit. And after a while, I go back up, give her a kiss and put her back under her blankets, and that's it. I think it's important to be honest with them and to follow up on your promises. So if I tell her I'lll be back in a bit, I always come back. I don't try to trick her.
So, choose what works for you and be consistent and patient. Infants and toddlers go through phases, and they always pass! Good luck, I know it can be exhausting and very frustrating!

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