Sleeping Issues

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Registered: 10-06-2010
Sleeping Issues
Fri, 11-04-2011 - 10:58am
This weeks has been a nightmare in terms of ashley's sleep habits :(. A while back I wrote about starting a routine and how well that was going and it was, for about 2 weeks. Then she started taking longer to go down at night and now she flat out refuses to sleep in her crib before 1-2 a.m.

Out of desperation (and pure exhaustion) we tried CIO Sunday-tuesday. Every night the crying got worse, not better and by Tuesday daycare was commenting on her different daytime demeanor. So I stopped that (never really liked it anyway). We've now resorted to letting her sleep on our chests (in the glider/bed/couch) until we can lay her in the crib peacefully.

I know there are other sleep training methods out there, but I think those are more geared towards getting her to sleep through the night - I'm not interested in that (I don't mind a couple of night time feedings). I need to find a way to get her to sleep in her crib @ 7-8 pm without screaming when we put her down.

The frustrating part is I know she can soothe herself to sleep because when im done feeding her in the MOTN I simply put her in the crib and leave (whether she's awake or asleep) and she never fuses then?!?!

I'm seriously at a loss for what the issue is or what to do. But sleeping on our chests doesn't allow for the most restful sleep for me or DH and he's gone Monday through Thursday this week for a business trip :( help!!!!!
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Registered: 07-15-2007
Fri, 11-04-2011 - 6:10pm
Try starting earlier. If they get over tired it is much more difficult. Research cosleeping and see if its for you.
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Registered: 01-29-2008
Sat, 11-05-2011 - 1:19am
Do you put her in the crib other times besides just at night? Maybe try having her play in there during the day/mornings some so she associates it with a safe/comfortable place and then try? Thats all I can think of!

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Registered: 08-13-2007
Sat, 11-05-2011 - 11:40pm
laura, i know you are EBF but have you started solids yet? My DS wass sleeping very awful until we started solids. We have dinner by 5:30 and he gets a bath (or cleaned up lotioned and jammied) and by 7 he is ready for a small bottle and bed by 7:30, and most nights he sleeps until my DH gets up at 3. Good luck hope you find what works for you, kristen
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Registered: 07-07-2008
Sun, 11-06-2011 - 9:41pm
I completely understand what you are going through. Bruce was doing so well with sleeping for a while but now he is going through this phase of fighting his afternoon nap and bedtime. He'll fall asleep like he use to, but then wake up and get mad that he was asleep. Then he'll fight going back to sleep for a bit. He's been going to bed (actually in his crib) around midnight the past few nights. If we try putting him in there before then, he just wakes up mad and fights going back to sleep. :(

I'm really hoping it's just a phase and it passes soon for you guys and us!
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Registered: 10-06-2010
Mon, 11-07-2011 - 8:12am

Thanks for the replies ladies!

@Jess - I got her down last night @ 6:30, maybe we do need to shift things a little earlier.

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Registered: 02-18-2009
Mon, 11-07-2011 - 10:04pm
Thomas has started waking at night as well, where he used to sleep 8-10hrs. And also within a few days I noticed that he was really frustrated while nursing one evening, as though he wasn't getting anything, and the next day was worse for that. So I kept nursing as much as possible throughout the day & evening, and then finished with a bottle before bed. I think it has helped the night wakings a bit, since I think for Thomas it is related to hunger. I do agree with Jess about putting her down earlier - read "Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child." Chunks of it are available on google books, it really helped me out a lot!