toddler sleep

Tonya - posted on 03/11/2013 ( 2 moms have responded )

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My 15 mo old is a co sleeper. Trying to get her into her crib.... in our room. I have tried the Ferber method but when it pushes an hour of extreme crying I am not sure this is the method for us. Any other options or advice?

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Tonya - posted on 03/15/2013

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Thank you that is good advice about the toddler bed. She takes naps pretty well in her bed. Its just night time. She really wants to snuggle up to me which she has done since she came home. (She was a 3 lbs Preemie who spent a month in the NICU.) I have tried staying with her rubbing her back... no luck. She freaks out bc she knows whats happening and goes into such crying fits its awful..

Cecilia - posted on 03/14/2013

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Ok just to let you know the cry it out method in many opinion isn't the right way of doing things.

http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/mora...

my now two year old, had a fit if we ever laid her in her crib. We choose to co-sleep and it worked out great for us. We did it by the books to be safe. At 18 months she was getting too big and none of us were getting too much sleep any more. We choose to move her into a toddler bed.

She picked out her own bed and bedding. She got new pillows and throw pillows, even a new stuffed animal for her big girl bed. For the first week her bed was pushed against a wall with our bed pushed on the other side to prevent falling, it also helped that she only had to reach up and feel me there. After 2 weeks we put our bed back into it's place leaving one side of her open. Still close enough to hear us snoring away though. After a few weeks of that we moved her across the room.

She has and will still come into our bed here and there.( Maybe twice a month) In the whole it was much better for all of us to have her in her own space. She knows when it's bed time she crawls into her bed.

I know 18 months means you still have 3 to go, but that isn't the longest time in the world. You might want to try it now. Maybe just leave her bed right next to yours for longer.


Or you can do the method which you lay her down in her crib but stay there with her and let her know that you are there. Rub her head, hold her hand (just don't pick her up) If after a certain amount of time (45 minutes is reasonable) she hasn't calmed down let her out and try again the next time. Even start just trying for every nap time. This way the crib doesn't mean you aren't there but you aren't holding her. She will see the crib as a safe place.

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