Anyone know what to do for a 16 month old that wil lnot sleep at night?

Edra - posted on 11/29/2009 ( 4 moms have responded )

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She goes to bed fine. But she wakes up usually around 11 to 1. I nurse her but then WILL not go back to sleep or wake up with in an hour of going back to sleep. She does not seem to be in pain, just wants to play or be held and if she is not, she screams!!! We have tried everything, scheduals, letting her scream, me holding her, even tylenol and nothing works.

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Anita - posted on 11/30/2009

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My son is also 16 months old and he has always been a horrible sleeper (every 20 minutes he would wake..). so he has been sleeping with his father in a seperate big bed since he was about 9 months old. The reason being was because I gave birth to our daughter when our son was only 10 months old and we needed a solution FAST! THis seems to be working for us.. we also tried EVERYTHING (eg controlled crying, offering water etc...) but the only thing that works is for him to be sleeping with someone all the time. we are hoping he will grow out of it soon....

Valerie - posted on 11/29/2009

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consistency...nurse and put back to bed with no conversation beyond time to go to sleep, keep lights off, repeat...many kids wake up through the night for a long time...i found that they learn quickest when you make it matter-of-fact feeding (no emotion, music, lights) lay down gently and leave the room. I would let her cry for fifteen minutes of hard crying each time before nursing again and putting her down...it will be hard on you but it will probably work after a few days...

Mandy - posted on 11/29/2009

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I think I would stop nursing at night. It appears to be a habit at his point. If she is thirsty, offer water in the evenings. It will be hard at first but you probably have to limit any contact at night and then she probably will stop waking up for the extra attention.

Michelle - posted on 11/29/2009

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I've just had the same trouble, the only things that has seemed to work the last few days, is feeding less food and milk. Not by much, i dropped the day bottle and a smaller tea feed, bigger at lunch. Seemed to work, it seemed as though my little boy was just uncomfortable at night. He cried in his cot, but when i picked him up he would just giggle. I'm assuming colic at an older age maybe!

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