Started to throw a tantrum at naps/bedtime

Tanya - posted on 01/04/2009 ( 5 moms have responded )

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My 14 month old has been great with going to bed on her own untill about two weeks ago. Now every nap and bedtime she starts screaming on top of her lungs and won't even let me rock her. I have tried everything and now I just let her cry it out for about 15 minutes, but its heartbreaking - there must be something else I can do - help!

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Katie - posted on 01/05/2009

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I really hate to tell you this..my son did the same thing and my peditrician said to put my son in his bed say good night and leave the room shutting the door and not to go back in all night. My son is a 2 1/2 so I don't know if thats best for you, but it worked and in one night.  He went back to sleeping just like he was...sorry

Cynthia - posted on 01/05/2009

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My daughter did the exact same thing at 15 months. She would hold on to me and scream at the top of her lungs. My Dr. told me to let her cry it out but that led to her banging her head on the crib. I started putting her stuffies to bed with a paci. We would tuck them in, then she would crawl in with them. To this day (she's 20 months), I have to stay in room with her until she falls asleep, but after a few days she stopped crying at bedtime.

Tanya - posted on 01/05/2009

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I have been doing some research last night after my post and some say that TV may have an effect on the child's sleeping habbits. I started letting her watch Noggin few weeks ago so this morning decided to experiment - no Noggin in the morning and she went down for her nap without any fight at all!! It may have been a fluke, but I am going to stick with my no -tv rule to see how it works out for bedtime.

Stephanie - posted on 01/04/2009

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I went though the same thing with my daughter at around 16 months. We tried the car rides, rocking her, sitting next to her crib, putting her in a toddler bed, sitting next to the toddler bed...finally what worked was getting her a big twin sized bed. we put a step stool for her to get in and out and the safety gate sides on it, but for some reason she didn't want to feel enclosed and wanted the room. My daughter is on the smaller side, and looks like she is being swallowed by the bed, but from the first day we got the bed and put her in it, she started going to bed/naps on her own without a fight.

Jamie - posted on 01/04/2009

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My 18 month old started doing the same thing. I think it's just because of the holidays. Unfortunately, I haven't found much that works other than throwing him in the car for a trip around the block. And I hate to do that because I don't want it to become a habit since we worked so hard at getting him to be a good sleeper. So we are going with the cry-it-out routine. I'm just doing the same routine as we've always done and hoping that this phase will pass soon. And I must say, that the last two nights have gotten much, much better than before. Good luck!

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